Izabella Moran ’22

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project Title

Oil Spill Remediation by Enhanced Turbulence

The purpose of this project was to design an apparatus that creates enhanced turbulence to aid in cleaning oil spills and mitigate marine pollution. I used computer-aided design to model a tank that can hold six synthetic jets and integrated both designs to create a functional system for testing the effects of turbulence on the dispersion of oil droplets. I also learned about various methods for image processing, specifically, how to analyze images of oil droplets in MATLAB by applying the circular Hough transform, a feature-extraction technique used in image analysis. This allowed me to visualize and determine the size distribution of the oil droplets. Through this internship, I was able to gain firsthand experience in academic research, and it has given me an opportunity to see the possibilities of using engineering in conservation.

Internship Year


Project Category

Water and the Environment


Smits Fluid Mechanics Lab, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Alexander Smits, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus; Liuyang Ding, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering