Powell, Adam Clayton
Japan (Multiple Cities)
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Porous metals are widely attracive because of their unique physical structures and advanced heat transfer and flow properties. This study focuses on finding potential applications of four differing samples of a new porous fibrous metal made by Mitsubishi Materials. Two experiments were used to measure the average flow velocity and pressure drop in order to find permeability. Computer simulations were used to identify flow behaviors based on the average flow velocity and pressure drop. It was found that in both the experimental and simulation methods, all samples showed high permeability value estimations. Generally, higher permeability values were found to be desirable for applications with fluid or air flow. Permeability was shown to affect the performance in a wide range of applications.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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