Imperial College London

ProfessorPeterChilds

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Head of the School of Design Engineering
 
 
 
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Studio 1, 10 Princes Gardens10-12 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus

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Childs PRN, Greenwood JR, Long CA, 1999, Heat flux measurement techniques, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART C-JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 213, Pages: 655-677, ISSN: 0954-4062

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Nilsson K, 1999, Flow phenomena and functionality of the infant Flow system, 5th Annual Reason Conference

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Noronha MB, 1999, 1997 John P. Davis Award - The impact of machining techniques on centrifugal compressor impeller performance, JOURNAL OF TURBOMACHINERY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, Vol: 121, Pages: 637-643, ISSN: 0889-504X

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Simons RW, 1999, Small priced tools and equipment case study, 21st Annual Conference on Engineering Design Education/6th National Conference on Product Design Education, Publisher: PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PUBLISHING LTD, Pages: 275-278

CONFERENCE PAPER

Greenwood JR, Childs PRN, Chaloner P, 1999, Gold leads to PRTs for monitoring high temperatures, GOLD BULLETIN, Vol: 32, Pages: 85-+, ISSN: 0017-1557

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Jackson RA, Peyton Jones JC, Pan J, Roberts JB, Childs PRNet al., 1999, Chemical aspects of the dynamic performance of a three-way catalyst, SAE Technical Papers

The gas components CO, CO 2 , HC, NO x and the AFR in the exhaust from a SI engine, both upstream and down-stream of a Pd/Rh catalytic converter, have been monitored using fast response analyzers. Regular sequential step changes in the upstream air/fuel ratio (AFR), between two pre-set levels, have been implemented with both long and short periods between the steps. For transitions from rich to lean conditions, and vice-versa, several distinct zones for the output emissions characteristics, corresponding to different states of the catalyst surface, have been identified. These results suggest that, under reducing conditions, hydrogen is stored on the catalyst surface whereas under oxidizing conditions oxygen is stored by two different processes. These chemical insights facilitate the development of realistic models for tailpipe emissions from engines which are perturbed from steady state running. Copyright © 1999 Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Jackson RA, Peyton-Jones JC, Pan J, ROberts JB, Childs PRNet al., 1999, Chemical aspects of the dynamic performance of a three-way catalyst. SAE 1999-01-0312, Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress 1999, Publisher: SAE

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, 1998, Mechanical design, Publisher: Hodder Arnold, ISBN: 9780340692363

Concentrating mainly on rotary machine elements such as bearings, shafts, gears, seals,chains, clutches and brakes, this book provides the methodology for ...

BOOK

Ozturk HK, Childs PRN, Turner AB, Hannis JM, Turner JRet al., 1998, Three dimensional computational study of windage heating within an axial compressor stator well, ISSN: 0402-1215

Shrouded stator blades are sometimes used to prevent vibration problems, but more often they are used to eliminate blade over-tip leakage flows. A trench or recess referred to as a stator well must be provided in the rotor drum assembly in order to accommodate the stator shroud. This paper presents a computational study of the flow and windage generation within an axial compressor stator well. Windage heating levels for a three dimensional compressible solution of flow through a geometry comprising upstream and downstream stator well cavities, labyrinth seal and the stator blade row are quantified. The potential for hot fluid ejected from the upstream stator well seal into the mainstream annulus, migrating through the blade row and being re-ingested at the downstream stator well seal for further windage heating has been studied using a layered temperature boundary condition at entry to the stator row. The possible reconfiguration of detailed stator well geometry has been explored to identify options for controlling flow rate and reducing windage levels, other than controlling clearances, yielding a 9% reduction in flow rate and a 9% reduction in windage heating.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Bayley FJ, Childs PRN, 1997, Prediction of ingress rates to turbine and compressor wheelspaces, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND FLUID FLOW, Vol: 18, Pages: 218-228, ISSN: 0142-727X

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Bayley FJ, Childs PRN, 1997, Calculation of hot gas ingress and egress rates in turbomachine wheelspaces, Pages: 521-530

This paper extends methods for modelling ingress and egress rates of flow in the wheelspace formed between a stationary and rotating disc, as in a high pressure turbine, and also in stator wells formed around shrouded stator blade rows. The methods are based on the one dimensional inviscid equation of motion and are developed to model the effects of a circumferentially varying pressure boundary condition, representative of mainstream bladed annulus conditions, as well as rotational and geometrical effects. In particular this paper addresses the selection and influence of coefficients necessary for the applied use of these equations.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Noronha MB, 1997, Impact of machining techniques on centrifugal compressor impeller performance, Pages: 637-643, ISSN: 0402-1215

A large proportion of modern centrifugal impellers are machined from solid forgings rather than made from cast metal. The CNC milling process offers options to manufacturers to minimize manufacturing costs whilst also enhancing performance of the impeller. Efficient manufacturing can result in cutter tool marks and paths and associated roughness remaining on the hub and blade surfaces of impellers as a result of minimizing passes and maximizing the cut. The goal of manufacturers is to allow these marks to be as deep as possible to minimize machining costs but without any negative effects in performance and possibly even enhancing it. There are existing modelling methods that predict the influence of roughness on compressor performance using the definition of an equivalent sand grain roughness. The purpose of this study is to relate the performance directly to the tool mark characteristics that are by-products of machining, namely cusp height, cutter path roughness and orientation of the cutter path relative to the local flow velocity, to review the current modelling techniques for predicting the influence of surface condition on compressor performance and to show the scope for optimization of manufacturing and performance considerations.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Ozturk HK, Childs PRN, Turner AB, 1997, Numerical solution of flow and heat transfer in axial compressor stator wells, IChemE 5th UK National Heat Transfer Conference, Publisher: Institution of Chemical Engineers

CONFERENCE PAPER

Ozturk HK, Turner AB, Childs PRN, 1997, Numerical prediction of axial compressor stator well flows, International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer

CONFERENCE PAPER

Turner AB, Long CA, Childs PRN, Hills NJ, Millward JAet al., 1997, A review of some current problems in gas turbine internal air systems. ASME Paper 97-GT-325, ASME Aeroengine Congress, Publisher: ASME

CONFERENCE PAPER

Turner AB, Long CA, Childs PRN, Hills NJ, Millward JAet al., 1997, Review of some current problems in gas turbine secondary systems, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper), ISSN: 0402-1215

This paper reviews the current position of five major problem areas in gas turbine secondary air system design. Although the problems are of primary interest to the designer of the coolant flow paths, since they directly affect the temperature, the stresses and thus the life of the major rotating components, three of the problems interact with the main gas path and are thus also the concern of the mainstream aerodynamicist. The five problems reviewed are: prediction of the flow distribution and heat transfer in the high pressure compressor drive cone cavity from the turbine to the rim of the HP compressor running underneath the combustion chamber; the flow penetration and heat transfer in the multiple rotating cavities formed by the multiple discs of the high pressure compressor with a rotating shaft running through the bores; the control of ingestion of hot turbine mainstream gas into the rotor-stator wheelspaces through the rim-seals; the problem of compressor and turbine stator-well heating, particularly compressor stator-wells in which excessive temperatures have been occasionally measured and finally, the pre-swirl coolant system which has to take the blade cooling air across from the stationary casing to the rotating turbine disc in the most advantageous manner.

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Long CA, 1996, A review of forced convective heat transfer in stationary and rotating annuli, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART C-JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol: 210, Pages: 123-134, ISSN: 0954-4062

JOURNAL ARTICLE

Childs PRN, Long CA, Turner AB, 1995, A review of convective heat transfer in open and closed rotating annular cavities, 4th UK National Conference on Heat Transfer, Publisher: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PUBL, Pages: 67-71, ISSN: 1356-1448

CONFERENCE PAPER

Bayley FJ, Childs PRN, 1994, Air temperature rises in compressor and turbine stator wells. ASME Paper 94-GT-185, ASME Turbo Expo 1994, Publisher: ASME

CONFERENCE PAPER

Bayley FJ, Childs PRN, 1994, Air temperature rises in compressor and turbine stator wells, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Paper), Pages: 1-10, ISSN: 0402-1215

This paper considers the fluid dynamic principles determining the consequences of mainstream fluid ingressing to the comparatively shallow space between the rotor disc and the ring used in many designs of axial-flow turbo-machine, especially compressors, to support the stator blades at their inner ends. Windage power due to friction between this fluid and the bounding walls of this annular space, or 'stator well', can lead to substantial temperature rises in this region. The feasible range of flow regimes is first developed, especially as influenced by leakage through the internal seals beneath the stators separating adjacent wells. Using published data, on windage coefficients and the effects of geometry on the flow through the wells, very little of which has been obtained from truly representative flow conditions or geometries, calculations have been made to estimate the likely rises in temperature to be anticipated in realistic well designs. Leakage rates appear, not unexpectedly, to be crucial in determining these temperature rises, but the geometries of the system are little less critical, in particular the ratio of the outer to inner radiuses of the stator well and the outer peripheral clearances between rotor and stator surfaces. Leakage into a well from its adjacent neighbour is shown to lead to higher temperature rises downstream of the labyrinth seal and the possible effects of recirculation through stator wells from the mainstream boundary layer could be significant.

JOURNAL ARTICLE

CHILDS PRN, TURNER AB, 1994, HEAT TRANSFER ON THE SURFACE OF A CYLINDER ROTATING IN AN ANNULUS AT HIGH AXIAL AND ROTATIONAL REYNOLDS NUMBERS, 10th International Heat Transfer Conference, Publisher: INST CHEMICAL ENGINEERS, Pages: 13-18

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Rayner D, Turner AB, 1992, Heat transfer to a cylindrical drum rotating in an annulus under a single stator blade row, International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, International Symposium, Heat Transfer in Turbomachinery

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Turner AB, Vaughan CM, Rayner D, Bayley FJet al., 1992, Heat transfer to a rotating drum in an annulus with a stator blade row and axial throughflow. ASME Paper 92-GT-249, ASME Turbo Expo 1992, Publisher: ASME

CONFERENCE PAPER

Rayner D, Vaughan CM, Childs PRN, Turner ABet al., 1992, Numerical solution of the heat transfer in turbulent, swirling annular flows, Pages: 511-531

A numerical investigation into the heat transfer from a heated inner cylinder, rotating in an annulus with an axial throughflow of air, is presented. The finite difference solution algorithm incorporates the advantages of the SIMPLEC pressure-correction scheme with a Full Approximation Scheme (FAS) multigrid method. The increased efficiency allows a thorough numerical investigation to be undertaken.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, 1991, Heat Transfer at the surface of a cylinder rotating in an annulus with a stator blade row and axial throughflow

THESIS DISSERTATION

Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Childs PRN, Tear Here: the Impact of Object Transformations on Proper Disposal, IAPRI 20th World Conference on Packaging

Efforts promoting proper disposal of packaging generally focus on infrastructure and messaging. Significantly less attention has been given to how the attributes of packaging can be used to change disposal behaviour. This research shows how changes in packaging attributes (e.g. alterations in shape, colour, or size) influence two disposal behaviours: recycling and littering. Specifically, we use an implicit association test to measure the subconscious tendency to categorize altered objects as trash rather than recycling. The results indicate that 82% or respondents showed at least a slight effect and 53% showed a strong effect towards associating altered objects with waste. Next, we evaluate object transformations on littering behaviour through an observational field study. Observations (N = 2823) indicated that littering is influenced by deformed, torn, disassembled, and partially full packaging. No significant effect was found with regard to packaging that is wet, sticky, has undergone colour changes or that is has remains (e.g. sauce) on it. These findings suggest that the (re)design of packaging can significantly influence proper disposal. Based on this, packaging can be (re)designed in two ways. First, many types of packaging have scripted alterations such as the iconic ‘tear here’ indicator. These can be changed to preserve properties associated with recyclables and non-littering. Second, packaging can be designed so that there are fewer alterations during use. This work can also help identify inherent attributes that encourage proper disposal.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Mugge R, Childs Pet al., Decontaminating experiences with circular offerings, Product Lifetimes and The Environment (PLATE) 2017

CONFERENCE PAPER

Baxter W, Aurisicchio M, Mugge R, Childs PRNet al., Positive and negative contamination in user interactions, ICED17: 21st International Conference on Engineering Design, Publisher: Design Society

The purpose of this paper is to present contaminated interaction as a design construct. Interactions with an object can be altered,positively, neutrallyor negatively,due to some prior use. In such cases, the interaction departs from the designed condition and is said to be contaminated. This is particularly significant as objects, physical or non-physical, have multiple uses or are shared amongst users. We propose an ontological model of contaminated interaction based on a review of literature and an analysis of user experiences. The model outlines the process of contaminated interaction including the drivers and outcomes. In a negative context, contamination can lead to consumers misusing, negatively experiencing, or avoiding the object altogether. Positive contamination sees the opposite effect in which usability can increase, users report more positive experiences and users seek out or cherish the object. Together, this model presents an approach to understanding and addressing contamination in the design process to enable the creation and maintenance of meaningful experiences.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Holloway M, Julia M, Folding mechanism for a remotely deployable robotic vehicle, International Symposium on Robotics

An innovative design for a folding robotic vehicle is presented that can deploy through small openings into crawl spaces and underfloor voids to survey and carry out operations within them. The mechanism employs a four bar linkage, enabling the axles to be extended away from the chassis and the axle to be deployed in line with the chassis, thus producing an elongated but small cross sectional area. In its low cross-sectional area form the device can be fed in through a small opening and once in position, the axles can be rotated into their functional position and locked in place. To remove the robot the mechanism works in reverse, with the axle is unlocked and rotated in line with the chassis This transformation is a key enabler for deployment and practical applications of this type of robot. The mechanism has been commercially developed and used for both survey and applying treatments in a wide range of building applications, although other uses are possible. This paper describes the practical aspects of the mechanism as an enabler for the transformation of a robot chassis for accessing confined spaces.

CONFERENCE PAPER

Childs PRN, Holloway M, Julia M, A robot for spray applied insulation in underfloor voids, 47th International Symposium on Robotics

This paper focuses on the application of robotics in a new field for applying surface treatments in building voids and thedevelopment of the architecture of the robotic vehicle for use in this application. The nature of the application means thatthe robotic vehicle must be capable of accessing voids through small openings and this has led to a deployable architecturefor the vehicle which can be fed through an opening and then reconfigures its form to enable practical operation. A typicalapplication for the robot is to apply thermal insulation to the underside of wooden or concrete floors in buildings. Theterrain is varied ranging from sand to impacted dusty hard core, can be strewn with builders’ debris such as bricks andtimber, and is interspersed with retainer walls that support the floor above. Within this environment the robot needs to beable to navigate and deploy a spray applied insulation fed by a hose assembly. This paper describes the robot architectureand its development with particular focus on deployable features enabling access to confined spaces, the traction systemused to negotiate diverse surfaces while pulling the umbilical hose assembly, the sensor array and how it is used to controlthe spray patterns. The resulting robots have been commercially developed, and are successfully spraying thermal insulationin a wide range of building applications.

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