Tag: CoMFRE

OpenQBMM software simulates multiphase flow behavior

Alberto Passalacqua, associate professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education (CoMFRE), is leading the development of the software OpenQBMM at Iowa State.    OpenQBMM is an open-source multiphase flow computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software designed to simulate the behavior of flows with particles, bubbles, or droplets. … Continue reading OpenQBMM software simulates multiphase flow behavior

What’s New with CoMFRE?

The Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education (CoMFRE) has undergone notable developments over the course of the past year. CoMFRE became an official center in fall 2017, and it continues to grow as collaboration flourishes and research advances. 

Using X-rays and high-speed imaging to examine sprays

Iowa State University is part of an inter-university research project examining the intricacies of sprays. Ted Heindel, Bergles Professor of Thermal Science and university professor in mechanical engineering, is the lead researcher at the Iowa State site. Within Heindel’s Experimental Multiphase Flow Lab, the researchers are using X-rays and high-speed imaging to experimentally study the … Continue reading Using X-rays and high-speed imaging to examine sprays

2019 CoMFRE Symposium and Member Meeting

The 2019 CoMFRE Symposium and Member Meeting was held Oct. 28–29 in Ames. Industry members met in a closed meeting on Monday afternoon to receive updates on shared research and meet with CoMFRE faculty and students to discuss future research and goals for the center.

Synergy between research and application: Project collaboration with CoMFRE and student organization

We put a lot of things in a kitchen microwave, from Hot Pockets to leftover lasagna. But what about rocket propellant?

That’s essentially what Travis Sippel and his team are doing in a Young Investigator Project (YIP) with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. More specifically (and more safely), they are testing methods to dynamically control the combustion of a solid rocket propellant by applying microwave energy.

The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam

“We’ve been collaborating informally, just motivated by the science questions, without any funding for a year or so. As we were working out those science questions, we thought, ‘Hey, we should really move this forward,’” said Shankar Subramaniam, professor of mechanical engineering. Subramaniam and collaborators from Minnesota and Michigan recently received funding for a three-year … Continue reading The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam

Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance

Modern internal combustion engines power military ground transportation and unmanned air vehicles (UAV). But in certain operating conditions fuel drops can significantly impinge on the engine piston surface of these engines, affecting the fuel mixture distribution and performance – and the success of missions. Song-Charng Kong, professor of mechanical engineering, and James Michael, assistant professor … Continue reading Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance