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Research Experiences for Undergraduates
in Automotive Technologies

Proposed Project:
Development of High Temperature In-Situ Flow Diagnostics for automotive IC Engines and Heat Exchangers

Faculty Mentor:   Prof. Pavlos P. Vlachos, Ph.D.
Graduate Student Mentor:Sam Raben, Nick Cardwell, David Griffins
Research Location:Virginia Tech

This project entails the development of flow diagnostic methods capable of resolving flow properties in hazardous high temperature environments. Two types of measurement techniques will be considered:

  1. Development of an endoscopic high-temperature imaging system for performing kHz sampling rate imaging and quantification of flow characteristics and patterns. Flow visualization techniques and Time-Resolved Particle Image Velocimetry will be considered.
  2. Development of MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensors for in-situ measurements of pressure, shear stress and heat flux. These sensors will be surface mounted, deliver sub-millimeter resolution and kHz frequency response and will be able to withstand temperature in excess of 1000 degrees Centigrade.
All equipment and infrastructure required is already available. The student will have to opportunity to choose between the different projects described above and their subcomponents.


Revised:   Tuesday, 06-Feb-2007 03:31:39 EST
Location:  http://www.tud.vt.edu/REU/Project_2007_VT-Vlachos.html
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