1. Sustainable drag reduction can substantially reduce the energy cost for ships and airplanes and reduce the carbon footprint. We have developed a novel air-film method that can reduce the drag force by more than 40%. This project is about designing a finely controlled air-supply system to facilitate the future research and optimization of the drag reduction technique. Hands on experience (e.g. plumbing, electrical) will be helpful.
2. Laser based flow diagnosis techniques are critical for measuring and understanding the complex (transparent) air or water motions, which ubiquitously exists across many engineering disciplines. However, the commercially available lasers are often expensive and sometimes difficult to use for certain applications. This project is to design and develop an in-house laser illumination system using low-cost engraving lasers. Electrical, programing (ardurino) and optics (optional) experience will be helpful.
3. For undergraduate students who are interested in experimental fluid dynamics, there are several on-going research projects. Undergraduate students are welcome to join the team and work together with graduate students.
At least 10 hours per week, up to 40 hours in the summer.
Volunteer (Optional registration for URES:3992, 0-credit transcript recognition), Academic Credit (1-4 Semester Hours), Pay
Ongoing, potential to be a continuous position
How to Apply
The students should email Dr. Cong Wang directly with the title "UI undergraduate research in Wang lab"