Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Faculty Advisor

Van de Ven, James D

Abstract

The project investigates the use of a liquid-piston to optimize the efficiency of gas compression. Literature review was conducted to understand the thermal-fluids and heat-transfer processes associated with the liquid-piston, followed by the development of a numerical model on Matlab of a liquid-piston compressor. The model was utilized towards modifying properties for enhancing the heat-transfer within the system. The scope of this project included identifying the optimal operating characteristics of the liquid-piston compressor and establishing a foundation for future research.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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