
Maity, Arnab
A new suboptimal guidance law design approach for aerospace vehicles is proposed in this thesis, followed by an advanced control design for supersonic airbreathing engines. The guidance law is designed using the newly developed Generalized Model Predictive Static Programming (GMPSP), which is based on the continuous time nonlinear optimal control framework. The key feature of this technique is onetime backward propagation of a smalldimensional weighting matrix dynamics, which is used to update the entire control history. This key feature, as well as the fact that it leads to a static optimization problem, lead to its computational efficiency. It has also...

Kambampati, Sandilya
In this work, rotating beams which are isospectral to nonrotating beams are studied. A rotating beam is isospectral to a nonrotating beam if both the beams have the same spectral properties i.e; both the beams have the same set of natural frequencies under a given boundary condition. The BarcilonGottlieb transformation is extended, so that it converts the fourth order governing equation of a rotating beam (uniform or nonuniform), to a canonical fourth order eigenvalue equation. If the coefficients in this canonical equation match with the coefficients of the nonrotating beam (nonuniform or uniform) equation, then the rotating and nonrotating beams...

Patel, Sumit Kumar
This thesis deals with the development of a new adaptive algorithm for threedimensional fluid flows based on a residual error estimator. The residual, known as the R –parameter has been successfully extended to three dimensions using a novel approach for arbitrary grid topologies. The computation of the residual error estimator in three dimensions is based on a leastsquares based reconstruction and the order of accuracy of the latter is critical in obtaining a consistent estimate of the error. The R –parameter can become inconsistent on three–dimensional meshes depending on the grid quality. A Zero Mean Polynomial(ZMP) which is k–exact, and...

Behera, Upendra
Vortex Tube (VT) is a simple device having no moving mechanical parts, in which compressed gas at high pressure is injected through one or more tangential nozzles into a vortex chamber resulting in the separation of the inlet flow into two low pressure streams. One of the streams is the peripheral flow that is warmer than the inlet stream while the other is the central (core) flow that is colder than the inlet stream. This separation of the inlet flow into high and low temperature streams is known as temperature or energy separation. It is suggested by many investigators that...

Vaikuntanathan, Visakh
The research topic of liquid drop interaction with solid surfaces is being actively pursued to gain indepth understanding of several practical cases such as the impingement of fuel spray droplets on surfaces like combustion chamber walls and piston top of an I.C. engine, heat transfer via spray impingement, inkjet printing, etc. In most of the cases, the physical and flow properties of the liquid drop/spray may be fixed whereas it may be possible to tune the physical and chemical properties of the solid surface thereby enabling to control the interaction process. The present work belongs to the study of liquid...

Singh, Manish Kumar
Least Square Kinetic Upwind Method (LSKUM) belongs to the class of meshless method that solves compressible Euler equations of gas dynamics. LSKUM is kinetic theory based upwind scheme that operates on any cloud of points. Euler equations are derived from Boltzmann equation (of kinetic theory of gases) after taking suitable moments. The basic update scheme is formulated at Boltzmann level and mapped to Euler level by suitable moments. Meshless solvers need only cloud of points to solve the governing equations. For a complex configuration, with such a solver, one can generate a separate cloud of points around each component, which...

Padhee, Srikant Sekhar
Composite materials show heterogeneity at different length scales. hence concurrent multiscale analysis is the only reliable method to analyze them. But unfortunately there is no concurrent multiscale strategy that is efficient, and accurate while addressing all kinds of problems. This lack of reliability is partly because there is no micromechanical model which inherently keeps all relevent global information with it. This thesis tries to fill this gap. The
presented micromechanical model not only homogenizes the microstructure but also keeps the global information with it. Most of the micromechanical models in the literature extract the Representative Volume Element (RVE) from the continuum...

Kannan, R
The interaction of a liquid drop with a solid surface is being actively studied to understand practically encountered scenarios such as the impact of fuel spray droplets onto the walls of engine combustion chamber, the formation of thermal barrier coating on the surfaces of turbine blades, the process of inkjet printing, etc. The surface topography of solid surface is one of the major parameters influencing the dynamics of dropsurface interaction process. Understanding the precise role of surface topography features such as micro asperities and grooves on the spreading and receding processes of impacting liquid drops is crucial for the improvement...

De, Santanu
Numerical modeling of several turbulent nonreacting and reacting spray jets is carried out using a fully stochastic separated flow (FSSF) approach. As is widely used, the carrierphase is considered in an Eulerian framework, while the dispersed phase is tracked in a Lagrangian framework following the stochastic separated flow (SSF) model. Various interactions between the two phases are taken into account by means of twoway coupling. Spray evaporation is described using a thermal model with an infinite conductivity in the liquid phase. The gasphase turbulence terms are closed using the k� model. In the classical SSF (CSSF) approach the effects of...

Obed Samuelraj, I
The near field blast–wave propagation dynamics has been a subject of intense research in recent past. Since experiments on a large scale are difficult to carry out, focus has been directed towards recreating these blast waves inside the laboratory by expending minuscule amounts of energy(few joules),which have been termed here as micro–blast waves. In the present study, microblast waves are generated from the open end of a small diameter polymer tube (Inner Diameter of 1.3 mm)coated on its inner side with negligible amounts of HMX explosive (~18 mg/m), along with traces of aluminium powder. Experimental, numerical, and analytical approaches have...

Manathara, Joel George
This thesis addresses the problems of collision avoidance and coalition formation of multiple UAVs in high density traffic environments, proposes simple and efficient algorithms as solutions, and discusses their applications in multiple UAV missions.
First, the problem of collision avoidance among UAVs is considered and deconfliction algorithms are proposed. The efficacy of the proposed algorithms is tested using simulations involving random flights in high density traffic. Further, the proposed collision avoidance algorithms are implemented using realistic six degree of freedom UAV models. The studies in this thesis show that implementation of the proposed collision avoidance algorithms leads to a safer and...

Bhaskaran, Ramprasad
Stirling engines are promising candidates for applications where air breathing engines cannot be used. Self contained engines capable of operating independently of the environment are required to convert thermal energy into electric power, or to perform other necessary functions. These are ideally suited for power generation onboard spacecrafts with radioisotope heat source. These engines can power interplanetary missions to Mars and beyond.
The problem of parametric analysis, sensitivity and numerical optimization of Stirling cycle engine is discussed and applied to a specific example of a 2kWe free piston Stirling engine. Stirling cycle simulation programs are generated with emphasis and adaptations...

Varunkumar, S
This thesis constitutes fundamental experimental and computational investigations on gasification and combustion in a packed bed of biomass. Packed bed gasificationcombustion in countercurrent mode is used in two applications (1) Gasifier stove in reverse downdraft mode (or equivalently, toplit updraft mode) that constitutes the idea behind efficient and clean burning domestic stoves. (2) Combustionon moving grate for boiler application, studied widely in Europe. While a large part of the present study is around domestic stoves, a crucial part of the study aims to address the second application as an extension of the approach taken in the first part to clarify...

Alexander, Sam
Acoustic instabilities in a combustion chamber arise due to the coupling of acoustic pressure with inphase heatrelease, and are characterized by large amplitude oscillations of one or more natural modes of combustor. Even though an array of studies, both theoretical and experimental, has been conducted by a number of authors in this field to extract the flame response, most of these are based on kinematic flame models. In this dissertation, an experimental study of a subsonic flame's intrinsic response to acoustic pressure perturbations is performed for the case of a tube closed at one end and the other end opened...

Ramabathiran, Amuthan Arunkumar
The analysis of wave propagation in hyperelastic waveguides has significant applications in various branches of engineering like NonDestructive Testing and Evaluation, impact analysis, material characterization and damage detection. Linear elastic models are typically used for wave analysis since they are sufficient for many applications. However, certain solids exhibit inherent nonlinear material properties that cannot be adequately described with linear models. In the presence of large deformations, geometric nonlinearity also needs to be incorporated in the analysis. These two forms of nonlinearity can have significant consequences on the propagation of stress waves in solids. A detailed analysis of nonlinear wave propagation...

Biju Kumar, K S
Physical mechanism for high frequency instability in cryogenic engines at low hydrogen injection temperature has been a subject of debate for long time. Experimental and early developmental studies revealed no instabilities and it was only much later when liquid hydrogen at lower initial temperature (~50 to 100 K) was injected into the combustion chamber that instabilities were detected. From the compilations of the experimental data related to the instability of cryogenic engines by Hulka and Hutt, it was found that the instability was strongly connected to the temperature of hydrogen. Experiments conducted with hydrogen temperature ramping from a higher value...

Karthigan, G
Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC) are a new class of smart materials that have attractive characteristics such as muscle like softness, low voltage and power consumption, and good performance in aqueous environments. Therefore, there is a significant motivation for research on design and development of IPMC based biomimetic propulsion systems for underwater vehicles. In aerospace, underwater vehicles finds application for forensic studies of spaceship wrecks, missile fragments and any airplane accidents in sea and ocean terrains. Such vehicles can also survey moons and planets that house water oceans. Among biomimetic swimming systems, fish inspired swimming has gained interest since fish...

Dutta, Rajdeep
Problems in the control and identification of structural dynamic systems can lead to multimodal optimization problems, which are difficult to solve using classical gradient based methods. In this work, optimization problems pertaining to the vibration control of smart structures and the exploration of isospectral systems are addressed. Isospectral vibrating systems have identical natural frequencies, and existence of the isospectral systems proves nonuniqueness in system identification. For the smart structure problem, the optimal location(s) of collocated actuator(s)/sensor(s) and the optimal feedback gain matrix are obtained by maximizing the energy dissipated by the feedback control system. For the isospectral system problem, both...

Ram, S N
Hypersonic flow is both fascinating and intriguing mainly because of presence of strong entropy and viscous interactions in the flow field. Notwithstanding the tremendous advancements in numerical modeling in the last decade separated hypersonic flow still remains an area where considerable differences are observed between experiments and numerical results. Lack of reliable data base of surface static pressures with good spatial resolution in hypersonic separated flow field is one of the main motivations for the present study.
The experiments in hypersonic shock tunnels has an advantage compared to wind tunnels for simulating the total energy content of the flow in...

Chakraborty, Debasis