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Amgen Scholars: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty for the Amgen Scholars program.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. For additional tips on identifying a mentor click here.

Please remember:

  • Students pursuing Amgen must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status.
  • Students pursuing Amgen must complete the 10-week program from June 21 - August 25, 2023. Students must commit to these dates. No exceptions will be made.
  • Accepted students must live in provided Caltech housing.

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Project:  Coupled solid and fluid simulations of AP/HTPB propellant burn
Disciplines:  Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics
Mentor:  Brandon Runnels, Associate Professor, (EAS), brunnels@uccs.edu, Phone: 719-255-3430
Mentor URL:  solids.uccs.edu  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Interest survey info below.,
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and is open only to Caltech students. The project will be conducted at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Interested applicants should fill out an interest survey no later than February 1 at this site: https://www.solids.group/surf/.

The AP/HTPB composite is a standard material for solid rocket propellant, but there is limited understanding of the many thermomechanical effects governing its burn. In this project, we will be coupling a phase field burn front regression model to a fluid phase combustion model for AP/HTPB burn. This will allow us to learn more about the many factors affecting regression rate, and to make predictions regarding optimal AP/HTPB composite characteristics.

Description:  The student will assist in code development and testing for the project, either for the solid phase or the fluid phase. The project is computational, and we make extensive use of C++ and python programming in a massively parallel high performance computing environment.
References:  https://doi.org/10.1080/00102200802414915
Student Requirements:  Experience with linux/C++/python is desirable. However, students are encouraged to apply even if they do not have this experience, as this can be an excellent opportunity to learn computational

Students should also have a basic knowledge of solid mechanics and fluid mechanics, commensurate with their academic status.

Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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