Award-winning Atomization

By:        Ashley Duvelius
Date:     November 20, 2017

UC CEAS aerospace engineering student, Kyle Windland, takes home the Best Technical Content Award from ASME DESS for his research paper focused on investigating the effect of inlet pulsations on the primary atomization of liquid jets.

Kyle Windland

University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) third year aerospace engineering undergraduate student, Kyle Windland, won the Best Technical Content Award at the 13th Annual Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium, held at Wright State University on October 23, 2017.

Sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dayton Section, the engineering sciences symposium is designed to facilitate communication between members of the regional technical community, as well as to provide a forum for students (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate), engineers, and researchers to present their work. The symposium program included seven parallel sessions in the morning and afternoon, a luncheon and keynote address, sponsor exhibits, and a poster session.

Thanks to a CEAS cooperative education (co-op) funding award, Windland and his faculty advisor, CEAS Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Assistant Professor Prashant Khare, PhD, have been studying the primary atomization (the breakup/reduction of a matter into minute particles) of liquid jets subject to inlet pulsations. Windland analyzed the effect that inlet frequency pulsation had on the behavior of an injected liquid jet.

This research will impact the overall knowledge base of the fluid mechanics community by increasing the understanding of liquid jet physics. Studies like this can be applied to diesel jet injectors, agricultural/medical sprays, and various other methods involving injection.

Windland explains, “Depending on who uses the information we’ve found, this may affect the way injectors for rockets, planes, engines, etc. are designed and eventually may be able to be used more efficiently. This would potentially, for example, greatly reduce the cost of travel for the average person (on the large-scale).”

Distinct difference in the liquid's behavior (before on left, after on right) with the introduction of inlet pulsations.

Distinct difference in the liquid's behavior (before on left, after on right) with the introduction of inlet pulsations.