Investigation of bubbly oil flows (air-oil) in circular pipes

Pratt and Whitney Canada (P&WC) wishes to optimize the design of the air-oil separator in their turbine engines. Many pipes and tubes lead to and from the air-oil separator and it is important for P&WC to understand how air and oil flow within these pipes. The current project will use a recently developed experimental technique involving cameras and a laser to characterize the patterns of air-oil flow in transparent pipes. This knowledge will be essential for P&WC for the future design of their air-oil separator and the technological advancement of their engines so that they can stay competitive on the world market.

Marouen Dghim
Superviseur universitaire: 
Jay Lacey;Sébastien Poncet
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