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Turbulence Analysis For The Improvement Of Internal Combustion Engine Efficiency, James R. Macdonald, Claudia Fajardo-Hansford Apr 2017

Turbulence Analysis For The Improvement Of Internal Combustion Engine Efficiency, James R. Macdonald, Claudia Fajardo-Hansford

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Developing a complete understanding of the structure and behavior of the near-wall region (NWR) in reciprocating, internal combustion (IC) engines and of its interaction with the core flow is needed to support the implementation of advanced combustion and operating strategies to improve engine efficiency. The NWR in IC engines is fundamentally different from the canonical steady-state turbulent boundary layers (BL), which have been extensively researched. Motivated by this need, this poster presents results from the analysis of two-component velocity data measured with particle image velocimetry near the head of a single-cylinder, optical engine. The interaction between the NWR and the ...


Satellite Sequencing Optimization Using A Genetic Algorithm, Andrew Verstraete Apr 2017

Satellite Sequencing Optimization Using A Genetic Algorithm, Andrew Verstraete

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The problem of mission design for a robotic servicing satellite in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) was investigated. A representative set of potential client satellites was selected, and operational needs were randomly assigned based on the average number of GEO retirements, anomalies, and repositioning maneuvers that currently occur each year. An objective function was developed to represent the value of servicing mission sequences, including client fees, time penalties, and operational risk. A genetic algorithm was then used to find sequences of operations on the potential client set that maximized the objective function’s value. Scenarios were analyzed with the database of ...


Electroplating Of Nickel And Copper Layers On Nanoengineered Plastics, Brandon Voelker, Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, Jeff Wheeler Apr 2014

Electroplating Of Nickel And Copper Layers On Nanoengineered Plastics, Brandon Voelker, Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, Jeff Wheeler

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Introduction

  • The motivation for this project is the development and proposed use of novel nanoengineered polymeric materials in many industrial and commercial applications. This necessitated the development of a robust metallic coating that can withstand aggressive environmental conditions.
  • This research explores the methods of electroplating nickel and copper to the substrate, including the effects of various duty cycles and cathode current density