Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

MAE Professor Ya-Ting Liao’s engineering experiment will be sent into microgravity by NSF and CASIS.

Research begins during fall 2017 on the following three-year, collaborative projects:

  • Flame spread in confined spaces — study of the interactions between flame and surrounding walls, led by Ya-Ting Liao of Case Western Reserve University and Paul Ferkul of the Universities Space Research Association (1740478)
  • Spherical cool diffusion flames burning gaseous fuels, led by Peter Sunderland of the University of Maryland (1740490), Richard Axelbaum of Washington University (1740471) and Forman Williams of UC San Diego (1740499)
  • Thermally activated directional mobility of vapor bubbles in microgravity using microstructured surfaces, led by Sushil Bhavnani of Auburn University (1740515) and Vinod Narayanan of UC Davis (1740506)  

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