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Lubricant Health Monitoring

Primary Investigators:
Amrutur Anilkumar
 
Brief Description of Project:
The student will be conducting research on Engine Health Monitoring using two laboratory experiment facilities. He will be instrumenting a Diesel Engine Test Facility to study the lubricant characteristics. He will also be running parallel experiments on a Bench Top Oil Quality Test facility, which will be used for calibration of the Oil Quality, and lubricant physical property, measuring Instrumentation. Different engine oils, both fresh and degraded through long term use in car engines, will be used for this purpose. The outcome of the experimental studies will be both fundamental thermo-fluid science studies in lubricant flow calibration, and the development of neural network models for for autonomous monitoring of oil quality.

Desired Qualifications:
ME Senior Standing

Nature of Supervision:
Working with a Graduate Student and assisting him, and learning to operate the facility, collect and analyze data
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
(1) Week 1 - Literature survey, Lab training, Safety Training
(2) Week 2-5 – Facility operation, Data Acquisition, and Analysis
(3) Week 6-10 – Engine Testing
 
Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Amrutur Anilkumar
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Email: amrutur.v.anilkumar@vanderbilt.edu