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Unsteady Flow In Vertical, Converging Tubes, Hamid Johari, William W. Durgin Dec 1991

Unsteady Flow In Vertical, Converging Tubes, Hamid Johari, William W. Durgin

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The discharge of liquids from vertical tubes with various contraction geometries was studied via the unsteady Bernoulli equation. The temporal variations of the exit velocity and fluid level in the tube were found from the numerical integration of nonlinear differential equations. Sudden, quadratic, and exponential contraction geometries were considered. For inlet to exit area ratios greater than two, the flow initially accelerates to a maximum speed and then it decelerates for the geometries studied. The exponential contraction has the shortest discharge time. The solutions also reveal that the largest possible velocity and the shortest discharge time are achieved in a ...


Tardiness Heuristic For Scheduling Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Ali S. Kiran, Sema E. Alptekin, A. Celal Kaplan Jul 1991

Tardiness Heuristic For Scheduling Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Ali S. Kiran, Sema E. Alptekin, A. Celal Kaplan

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

This paper evaluates the tardiness performance of a sampling-based adaptive heuristic in a dynamic manufacturing environment. A test bed, following a real world manufacturing system, has been developed. The proposed algorithm has been implemented in this simulated environment. After fine tuning the algorithm, it has been tested in various shop conditions. The results of these simulation studies are summarized.


The Use Of A High Level Cfd Code In Engineering Education, J.E.S. Venart, P. Lemieux, A.C.M. Sousa, D. Tatchell Jun 1991

The Use Of A High Level Cfd Code In Engineering Education, J.E.S. Venart, P. Lemieux, A.C.M. Sousa, D. Tatchell

Mechanical Engineering

An advanced multipurpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code, FloSYS, developed for use in a CAD/CAE environment has been utilized in undergraduate and graduate courses in heat transfer. Problems are introduced at an introductory level in: -steady 2- and 3-dimensional conduction, -transient 1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional conduction, -free convective cavity flow with conjugate heat transfer, and -turbulent flows with heat transfer. More sophisticated problems, related to the use of porous media concepts for modelling heat exchangers, and compartment fire modelling are introduced at a more senior level. After one year's experimental use, the CFD code is being recommended for ...


The Evolution Of The Wpi Advanced Space Design Program - An Evolving Program Of Technical And Social Analysis Using The Nasa Space Shuttle For Engineering Education, Fred J. Looft, Robert C. Labonte, William W. Durgin Feb 1991

The Evolution Of The Wpi Advanced Space Design Program - An Evolving Program Of Technical And Social Analysis Using The Nasa Space Shuttle For Engineering Education, Fred J. Looft, Robert C. Labonte, William W. Durgin

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In December of 1982, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with the cooperation and support of the MITRE Corporation, initiated a primarily undergraduate educational program to develop experiments to be flown onboard a NASA Space Shuttle. Christened the MITRE WPI Space Shuttle Program, it sponsored the development of five educationally meritorious experiments over a period of four years. Although the experiments were ready to fly in early 1986, the Challenger disaster delayed their flight until the Spring of 1991. The delay notwithstanding, the benefits of the first program were sufficient to justify the development of a second set of experiments. More comprehensive in ...