Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-03 13:00:05


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

MECE 497

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


Our team has decided to continue the research of fluid bearings, specifically, that of the journal and porous bearing. This will continue off of research currently being done at the University of Akron by graduate student Elizabeth Clifford who has developed a mathematical model for a porous bearing. Our job will be to create a testing rig that will be able to either prove or disprove this model. To do this, the rig will need to be able to take measurements of temperature and pressure at key areas within the bearing. It will also need to be readily capable of performing Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to further study the fluid behavior and flow within the bearing. By the end of the project, the final product will be a rig capable of being used by other researchers down the line to further delve into the benefits of porous bearings and possible improvements that can be made to further enhance it’s capabilities.

Research Sponsor

Saikishan Suryanarayanan

First Reader

Christopher Daniels

Second Reader

Nicholas Garafolo

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer

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