Turbulent Drag Reduction for energy-saving engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jae Sung Park
Contact Email
Potential UCARE Research Position?
Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week

Turbulence control is of great importance in many engineering applications thanks to the potential benefits associated with it, particularly with regard to energy savings. For examples, ocean shipping consumes more than a billion barrels of oil worldwide per year and transportation via road consumes about a billion barrels of oil per year.

 This project will use computational methods to explore possibilities of achieving drag reduction in turbulent flows. The student will use our turbulence codes developed for direct numerical simulations of turbulent flows. Various energy-saving control schemes will be designed such as using Lorentz force actuation or using polymer additives. Turbulent statistics will be collected to gauge the performance of the control schemes. Throughout this project, the student will learn to gain a fundamental understating of the underlying turbulent flow and simulate a turbulent flow.

 Please contact Dr. Park for further details of the project at jaesung.park[at]unl[dot]edu.

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