Mix It Up!

Team: 65

School: Rio Rancho Cyber Academy

Area of Science: Fluid Mechanics/dynamics

Interim: Mix It Up!
Team Number: 65
School Name: Rio Rancho Cyber Academy
Area of Science: Fluid Mechanics/dynamics

Problem Definition:
A goal of this project is to optimize cost, time, and energy efficiency to be the most productive for companies and industries.

Problem Solution:
A solution to this is to find the most time efficient and the least costly way to mix substances by using various, unexplored mixing speeds that change over different intervals in order to increases production, profit and conserves energy. In order to achieve this goal, a simulation will be created/run through NetLogo. The simulation is going to begin by examining the homogeneous liquid’s behavior. The future goal of this project is to mix two or more substances. Through this simulation, the best combinations of mixing options will be explored. Multiple things will be tested including: initial speed, ramp-up speed, the intervals of slowing down & speeding up, and starting and stopping the rotation. This simulation will be performed using two different methods. The first of which will be the container standing up (vertical view) and the second of which will be laying down (birds eye view). The difference between the two of these methods is that gravity affects the vertical view greater. After the initial simulations results, time increments and faster/slower paced rotation will be, add to give wide variety of data. As further progression is made in the model, it will be updated and calibrated based upon best/previous test results in NetLogo behavior space.

Progress to Date:
At this point, much research has been conducted into how viscosity affects the behavior of liquids. The factors of friction and shear stress have also been researched to determine their effect on liquids. However, at this point in the model, these factors have not been factored into it. The model at this point, has a container, represented by a red circle, and has particles that are affected by gravity and rotational forces. This current version of the model needs to be changed to become more organic, in other words, the model needs to be changed so that it is not forced and is more natural.

Expected Results:
What we expect to occur because of programming and verifying the model and calibrating it is that we will discover the best way to mix a liquid. Whether it be through rotational forces, or changing the mixing speeds. We also expect that by varying the speeds, that a more complex turbulence will be induced. We hope to find the best way to mix a liquid in terms of cost-effectiveness and in terms of the most effective time management.

Team Members:
Dylan Martinez & Christopher Meyer
Sponsoring Teacher:
Harry Henderson


Team Members:

  Dylan Martinez
  Christopher Meyer

Sponsoring Teacher: harry henderson

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