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A Senior Design Project on the Kelvin–Helmholtz Instability

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Division Experimentation & Lab-oriented Studies: Mechanical Engineering and Control

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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Page Numbers

26.107.1 - 26.107.13



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John E Matsson Oral Roberts University

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John Matsson is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 1988 and 1994 respectively.

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Justice Boisselle Oral Roberts University

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Justice Boisselle is a Junior engineering major at Oral Roberts University. For the past three years he has worked with Dr. John Matsson performing CFD research in the field of pipe flow.

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A Senior Design Project on the Kelvin-Helmholtz InstabilityStudents designed a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability test set up for the fluidslaboratory. This paper describes a project where a group of twoundergraduate engineering students in the senior design course designed,built, and tested a Kelvin-Helmholtz fluid flow apparatus for visualizationsof instabilities. The paper will also provide details of outcomes for theproject, faculty observations, and assessment of student work.The students had to choose materials, minimize production cost, anddetermine fabrication techniques for the apparatus. Students designed theapparatus using SolidWorks, and ANSYS Fluent software was used tosimulate the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability.

Matsson, J. E., & Boisselle, J. (2015, June), A Senior Design Project on the Kelvin–Helmholtz Instability Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23448

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