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Challenge Team 062 Interim Report

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    Team Number: 062

    School Name: Goddard High School

    Area of Science: Fluid Dynamics / Electrochemistry

    Project Title: Analyzing a New Technique For Synthesizing Hard-to-Grow Compounds using Rotating Electrodes

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Problem Definition:

The Formation of hard-to-grow diffusion limited chemical compounds has been an expensive and time-consuming process. The random diffusion of particles in these hard-to-grow compounds can take serveral months for a compound to form and even then the compound formed is not necessarily the one desired. Both time and expense are being wasted on these out-of-date processes.

Problem Solution:

A theory has been recently proposed that could revolutionize the growth process of these crystal compounds. The theory hypothesizes that the rotation of the electrode in these processes will harness the power of turbulence to improve the efficiency of the formation of the hard-to-grow chemical compounds. Rotating electrodes are believed to dramatically decrease the time-span required for compound formation. The turbulence caused by the rotation of the electrode can increase the efficiency of the diffusion process by jumping the diffusion barrier. Through the SNOW equation (created by Team 62), Team 62 will prove the increased benefits and effect of rotating electrodes in chemical solutions.

Progress to Date:

Thus far in our project, Team 62 has done extensive background work in the fields of fluid dynamics and electrochemistry. Our mentor, Mr. Michael Lively, has helped us thoroughly understand the formation of crystal compounds from a mathematical viewpoint. We have studied the Constant Area Iterative (CAI) numerical method, Taylor vortices, and the concepts associated with turbulence. We were able to draw from these concepts and equations to come up wiht our very own equation, the SNOW equation, which specifically addresses hard-to-grow chemical compounds and the effect of the rotation of the electrode on compound growth. We have then created a program using the SNOW equation that has successfully predicted the result of the use of the rotating electrode, both in numerical data and graphical analysis.

The Program:

For current version please contact Team 62.

Expected Results:

Team 62 believes that the rotation of electrodes will increase the efficiency and feasibility of the difficult crystal growth processes. The data we have collected thus far supports our hypotheses, and we are currently looking forward to finalizing the expected results.

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