Date of Award


Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


A theoretical model of the evaporation of small liquid drops in the inlet flowfield and test compressor of the Air Force's Compressor Research Facility was developed. The drops are purposely inserted into the flowfield as seeds for a laser velocimetry system, and it is desired to choose a seed liquid whose drops will not evaporate. A computer program was written to model the flow and evaporation, and the data from this program is presented in the form o f drop diameter versus distance traveled. It shows that drops of the present seed liquid, glycerine, should survive through the first stage of a compressor but may evaporate in the later stages.


Fluid dynamic measurements, Laser Doppler velocimeter, Airplanes Compressors

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