Many space-/air-craft electronics require cooling and flow boiling is considered by the scientific community as a potential option for this application. However, the viability of flow boiling in variable gravity environments is not well established. In this project, undergraduate students will build a flow boiling loop and launch it in a variable gravity rocket. They will instrument the payload i.e., the experimental setup and post-process the data to assess the viability of flow boiling in highly varying gravity conditions. A key aim of this project is to improve retention in STEM by engaging freshmen early on in engineering and scientific research.
- Build the flow boiling setup.
- Charge it with the coolant, test it for leakage and structural strength.
- Instrument the setup with sensors and test them.
- Run the experiment in lab.
- Launch it in a high-speed rocket.
- Recover the payload, post-process the data.
- Document the conclusions.
- Suggest improvements.
- Krishna Kota (MAE)
- Lab skills and hands-on experience
- Norann Calhoun