MIT MechE — Lincoln Labs Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
A Study on Robustness and Longevity of Superhydrophobic Nanostructured Surfaces for Jumping Droplet Condensation
Condensation of steam is an important process in a Rankine cycle that affects the efficiency of the power cycle. We have nanoengineered surfaces that show remarkable improvement over surfaces used in conventional power generation industries. Despite the gains that this system can afford use, for application in these industries, long-term heat transfer stability is crucial for determining their implementation. The purpose of this project is to investigate the long-term robustness and simultaneously characterize these surfaces. The applications of this project will help gain fundamental understanding of factors that govern the performance and durability of these nanostructures.
Having studied Heat and Mass transfer over the last couple of semesters, this project has really given me the ability to implement what I have learned at a fundamental level. Knowing that these systems can play such a large role in power generation only helps motivate me with the research I am conducting and makes me very excited for this project.