Jenna Daly, mechanical engineering student, presented her research on "Characterization of an Unmanned Aerial vehicle Wing Design,” describing the aerodynamic characteristics of a single wing design for use in an unpowered vehicle. This work was initiated and done in-part during the new course ME 537/ECE 537, Multidisciplinary Modeling. Faculty were sponsors Tom Eppes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA and Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA. Support was provided by a WELFund grant.
Christipher Brunner, Annie Becerra (ECE student), Gabriel Moses, and Jenna Daly, presented their research on jets in cross-flow. A numerical simulation using ANSYS FLUENT software engine was carried out to compute the penetration of a kidney vortex created by injection of a jet into a free stream through a circular orifice. The obtained numerical results were validated with available experimental data. The goal was to establish the necessary confidence in the predictive capability of the solver for this type of flow. The faculty sponsor was Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA. Support was provided by a WELFund grant and a Connecticut Space Grant.