Interested in research for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Semesters?
Research Project Title:
Liquid nitrogen parabolic flight facility
Brief description of the research project:
Professor Issam Mudawar, Director of the Purdue University Boiling and Two-phase Flow Laboratory (PU-BTPFL), and his research team are conducting extensive experimental work concerning phase change mechanisms in both Earth gravity and microgravity. One of these projects involves investigation of flow boiling of liquid nitrogen in parabolic flight aircraft simulating microgravity. Findings from this effort are expected to impact several important space applications, including nuclear thermal propulsion systems, ascent stages, descent stages, in-space fuel depots, and transfer lines that cool space experiments.
Prof. Mudawar is looking for two highly skilled and enthusiastic undergraduate students who are extremely proficient in CAD modelling using SolidWorks to assist with design of the parabolic flight rig during Fall 2021. Students are expected to register for 3 credit hours of an undergraduate research course. Same students are encouraged to assemble a team of six seniors to continue this work during Spring 2022 semester as part of ME 463.* U.S. citizenship is preferred due to sponsor requirements.
If interested, please contact Prof. Issam Mudawar at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short CV and examples demonstrating your CAD skills!
3 Credit Hours
9 hour time commitment per week
Grading based on successful performance
*Disclaimer: Acceptance into ME 498 for Fall 2021 does not guarantee you a pre-approved project in ME 463 for the Spring of 2022. You will still need to submit an application and have it approved for your senior design project by the ME 463 instructors. You will receive more information about how to apply for pre-approved projects near the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. To reference previous information regarding pre-approved projects, please visit the ME 463 website.