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Naomi Wolford

Naomi Wolford, Physics
“Freezing Point of Super Cooled Water Droplets”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Manfredo Tabachiks
Expected Graduation Date: May 2011

A gas calorimeter will be constructed to measure the heat exchanges that take place as water droplets change from a liquid to a solid. The goal of constructing the gas calorimeter is to study and measure the freezing point of water droplets in supercooled atmospheric conditions in order to develop better climate models. The information obtained in this research will have applications in the study of clouds and the climate, and understanding the problem of aircraft icing. The data collected in the experiment will be compared to simulations created in a computational fluid dynamics program. The most significant result that can be obtained through this research is that the freezing point of supercooled water droplets may actually differ considerably from previously gathered data.