Date of Award:

5-1-2011

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. Barton Smith

Abstract

Coanda-assisted Spray Manipulation (CSM) is a means of modifying the direction of a jet. Previous isothermal static vectoring research is expanded to plasma spray. Two- dimensional Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) was used to determine the vectoring results for small angles between 5-10°. Suitable parameters were determined for use on a plasma spray gun for small angle vectoring. Three-dimensional PIV was used to determine the elect of high speed rotation on a vectored jet. A 2-piece CSM collar was retrotted to a Praxair SG-100 plasma spray gun that replaced the standard faceplate. Two separate collars were tested: one designed for small vector angles and one for larger vector angles. The small-angle device could modify the trajectory of zirconia powder up to several degrees. Doing so could realign the plasma with the powder, resulting in increased powder temperature and velocity. The large-angle device could vector the plasma jet up to 45°; however the powder did not vector as much. Under large-angle vectoring, the powder velocity and temperature decreased steadily with vector angle. Both devices were tested using a supersonic conguration.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on August 9, 2011.

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