Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Roe, Larry A.
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a "hydrological" cycle with hydrocarbons including methane and ethane in its atmosphere, and may be analogous to a frozen prebiotic Earth. Tholins created in Titan's atmosphere fall to the surface and interact with these liquid hydrocarbons. As a surrogate for tholins, nanophase silica was used as the nanosediment that interacts with the chosen liquids used to be analogous to those found on Titan. The effect on the evaporation rate of these liquids with and without the added silica was explored through 10 experiments.
Scogin, Tyler M., "The effect of diffusion on the evaporation rate of liquid hydrocarbons using nanosediments in lakes on Titan" (2014). Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses. 35.