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Research Project Winners 2018

last modified Mar 09, 2018 12:04 PM
Research Project Winners 2018

Ryan Harris, Matthew King, Clare Rees-Zimmerman, Peter Jackson, Anira Perera, Dr Andy Sederman, Rachel Tilley and Patricia Martin. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Clare Rees-Zimmerman, Patricia Martin, Rachel Tilley, Matthew King, Ryan Harris, Peter Jackson and Anira Perera for good work on their research projects.

Research projects are a major part of the coursework for Chemical Engineering students in their fourth year at Cambridge, leading to the MEng degree. The students are required to undertake a piece of original research in pairs or singly. In addition to a final report on their work, they are required to give a 6 minute presentation and produce a poster. There were two sessions, on Tuesday, 27th February and Tuesday, 6th March 2018.

On the first day, the First Prize winner was Clare Rees-Zimmerman with her project Modelling the patterns formed by spots of blood during drying. The aim of this project is to formulate a mathematical model of the drying process and compare the model's results with experimental images. Quick, inexpensive diagnostics are being developed based on the patterns formed, so this work may help develop better paper-based diagnostics for more diseases.

The second prize went to Patricia Martin and Rachel Tilley for the Extrusional flow of dense suspensions. They investigated the properties of dense suspensions of cornstarch in glycerol in high-shear extrusional flow using the Multi-pass rheometer. They compared this behaviour to the discontinuous shear thickening behaviour in a cone and plate rheometer. Their results show that the cornstarch suspension shear-thinned at very high shear rates beyond the shear-thickened region.

On the second day, the First Prize winners were Matthew King and Ryan Harris for their project, Fuzzy Systems. Their project involved exploring various optimization methods for the design of fuzzy logic controllers. These intuitively convert expert operator knowledge into intelligent automatic control, and have been shown to regulate large disturbances in nonlinear systems far more stably than industrially-favoured PID algorithms. This results in a safer, more economical process which remains robust across a wide range of operating conditions.

The second prize went to Peter Jackson and Anira Perera for their project Bubble Trouble. Their work investigated the dynamics of spheres falling through a horizontal soap film, developing a theoretical model to predict the deformation of the film as well as obtaining experimental images to validate the predictions from the model.


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