Getting In Research Mode

Posted on Wed 29 May 2019 in Tech

Prelude

In a meticulously planned but fairly quick turn of events, I have joined Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as a Project Assistant in High Speed Turbulent Combustion & Spray Lab in Aerospace Engineering Dept. under the guidance of Prof. S. Chaudhuri. My tenure started from 10th May, 2019.

Research

Initial few days went into talking with the fellow students (PhD, M.Tech and current project assistants) about the projects in which they have been involved. This gave me a fair idea about the work going in this research field. Within the domain of this lab, I am more interested in aerospace propulsion systems, so I was particulary keen about the project that dealt with Scramjet engine.

After few days, I have been assigned to work with one of the PhD students. We are trying to understand the swirling turbulent flame interaction in land-based gas turbine engines through PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and PLIF (Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence) imaging techniques. My work is to perform computation on the images obtained during the experiments and calculate certain key parameters from it in MATLAB. I'll write more about it in detail shortly.

Understanding the right dynamics behind flame interaction in multi-swirler setup is crucial in the sense that precautionary steps could be taken in advance to prevent blow off. This is one of the key problems that results in huge monetary losses to both the suppliers and the consumers.