Andrew Chen

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Hirotaka Sakaue

Annual 2020 Project: Determining the effect of microfibers for drag reduction in pipe flow

Skin friction causes drag when objects are in motion in a fluid, and to overcome this drag, more energy has to be expended on moving large ships or moving fluids through pipelines. The motivation for this project is to increase the efficiency of existing pipe systems by applying microfibers in a pipe to reduce drag. In this research, microfibers will be fabricated and applied to the inner surface and experimented on in our water tunnel. Ultimately, the objective of this project is to determine a suitable arrangement of microfibers that satisfies the company we work with.