Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
This project was designed to find an accurate and convenient method of computing fuel spray parameters. The project centers around an experimental setup which basically fires a laser beam through a fuel spray mist. A concentric ring detector then measures energy from the scattered light.
A computer code was written which solves a governing equation to give computed values of the energy from scattered light. Comparison of the experimental energy and the computed energy tells how well the fuel parameters of the computer model matches those of the real spray of the experiment. An iteration technique then manipulates the computer model until the unknown parameters are solved for.
The computer code designed here works very well with calibration or known data. However, actual test data causes the computer code to crash. New techniques and approaches are currently being employed to salvage the code.
16 Apr 1992
Goodin, Clement R. Jr., "Computer Modeling of a Liquid Fuel Spray" (1992). Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experience Program (OURE). 58.