Abbot Power Plant’s Piping Problem
Real-world fluid mechanics problem-identification and -solving
Team field trip to the Abbot power plant to investigate the potential cause of the piping problem. Energy grade line and hydraulic grade line drawings were analyzed.
Step-by-step how we determined the pressure, velocity, and energy in the piping system.
How can this problem be solved? Possible improvement is provided.
Bottle Rocket Theory
We didn’t build a rocket, but we know how it works.
We referenced over five scholarly journals in order to grasp the mechanics and know which theorems we should be including.
Step-by-step how we determined the path of the rocket, incorporating the volume of water, compressed air pressure, drag, and more.
Graphs, tables, and variables using the equations from Rocket Mechanics to visualize a real rocket.
How can we reduce drag to make the bottle go as high as possible?
What did we learn?
How does this fit into ABET?
WHAT IS THIS?
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
TAM 335 with Leon Liebenberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mini-Project 1: Water Bottle Rocket
The purpose of this project was to use journal articles to aid in characterizing and analyzing a water propelled bottle rocket, pressurized with air.
Mini-Project 2: Abbot Power Plant
This project included an investigation at the Abbot Power Plant of pipe cavitation. Energy analysis was conducted using Bernoulli’s equation and suggestion on avoiding cavitation was given.
Both these projects were selected to receive the Gold Award. Gold Awards are chosen based on teams that go “way-beyond the required work (in terms of quality and quantity), and originality.”
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