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Researching sand ingestion within jet engines

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Graduate students Thomas Coulon and Addison Collins are accelerating sand through a jet, into a probe, to study the ingestion of sand within jet engines. Though they're in the early stages of their research, they plan to develop a probe that can be placed within jet engines.
We're basically doing research on sand ingestion or within jet engines. Where you have is all these planes flying around, especially in the Middle East where there's a lot of sand in the air. And that sang gets into the plane engines and that's not very good for the performance. I started off on a Rolls Royce projects funded by rejoice. And so I designed this rig with several components. The jet is already there, but we added a sand feeder at the particle analyzer and this stage. And the goal is to eventually have particles colliding with metal coupons. And these coupons will be made out of typical jet engine materials. And we're going to look at the erosion of that that's in the future. But we also decided to combine this project with a different project where we're interested in putting a probe inside of a jet engine to also look at erosion right now or in the very beginning stages of that research. This is a jet rig. It accelerates air up to above Mach one. And we're accelerating this air into a probe. And we're implementing sand upstream of the flow. So sand will be accelerated with this air. So problem is really simple. It's basically a tube that bends 90 degrees carbonate. You can position it head on into the flow, but we also want to test different angles. It has one end that sticks into the backend of our jet and that encaptures the sand. The other end will lead to a particle analyzer that'll allow us to analyze this and know how to digest the data. We