Student working on a research project.

Experimental Research Into Particle-laden Turbulence

The Laser Flow Diagnostics laboratory researches the physics behind particle laden turbulence. The lab has constructed a 1-meter diameter “soccer ball” shaped turbulence chamber capable of generating high quality turbulence. To measure the turbulence characteristics, the lab uses holographic particle imaging and tracking velocimetry techniques, incorporating lasers, optics, and high speed cameras to measure the flow. Recently, the lab has begun to measure particle charge at the same time as turbulence statistics, requiring more development and data collection. The lab is searching for a research assistant to help build, set up, and run experiments, as well as post-process the results. Potential activities available, depending on the student’s strengths, include hands-on work, such as building and modifying test setups, coding in MATLAB, and experimental data collection using Particle Image/Tracking Velocimetry. The position is open in the Fall, Spring, or summer and can continue depending on the project length.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanics
Student Skill-Set Needed: Basic engineering skillset, Good communication/writing skills, interest in experiment design and implementation, background in fluid mechanics a plus.
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Hui Meng
Title: Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering
Office: 324 Jarvis Hall
Phone: (716) 645-1458