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A study of fluid flow characteristics using microstructured surfaces produced by WEDM

Al-Fahham, Mohamed, Bigot, Samuel and Valera Medina, Agustin 2016. A study of fluid flow characteristics using microstructured surfaces produced by WEDM. Presented at: 4M/IWMF2016 Conference, Lyngby, Denmark, 13-15 September 2016.

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This work presents an approach where biomimetic structures are tested for stabilisation and reduction of the boundary layer to reduce flashback propensity. Micro structures have been designed to have the shape of micro-riblets similar to those found in shark skin and other vegetable organisms. Various texture geometries were produced by micro Wire Electro Discharge Machining. These geometries were tested in a bespoke flame channel under isothermal conditions to observe the flow boundary profile with the aim of using combustion as a next step to determine the resistance to flashback propagation. CFD analyses were also performed using in-house simulation software Hydro3D utilising LES modelling. Experimental and simulation results were compared and showed an improvement of the boundary layer using the micro-riblets based on their structural patterns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Engineering
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 July 2017
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 02:03

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