Air Filtration: CFD & Acoustic Model Development

Air Filtration: CFD & Acoustic Model Development

Founded in 1959 and headquartered in Ada, Michigan, AMWAY is the world’s #1 direct selling company, offering consumer products and business opportunities in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.

Analytic model-based design has become an important tool in Amway’s development process, and this project will extend our capability into a new product line. Developing a fully validated acousto-CFD for air filtration will greatly enhance our next generation product development process for the Atmosphere Sky™ Air Treatment System.

The student team will build upon an existing Comsol CFD model of an air filtration system, validate the existing model, and then develop a multiphysics model to incorporate both CFD and acoustic factors. Validation will utilize current product development standards as well as student-developed standards. (Testing will be supported by Amway analytical laboratory).

Students will have the opportunity to visit Amway Global Headquarters and R&D labs in Ada, MI.

More Information


Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:

Click here to view Student IP Agreement

Click here to view NDA

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7 Students
  • Course Substitutions Honors, ME 490, ME 590, MICDE, Data Science, ChE Elec
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling (2 Students)

    Fluid Dynamics, 2D & 3D model construction, Numeric Modeling

    • Likely Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Graphic Design, Physics, Engineering Physics
  • Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling (2-4 Students)

    3D CFD modeling, Numeric Modeling

    • Likely Majors: Mechanical Engineering (MEng, MS), Aerospace Engineering (MEng, MS)
  • Statistics, Design of Experiments (1 Student)

    Experimental Model Validation, Design of Experiments and an interest in project subject.

    • Likely Majors: Statistics, Data Science, MICDE

Sponsor Mentor: Esai Umenei Ph.D
Dr Umenei has over 10 years experience in computer aided engineering design, in various industries. He has been senior engineer for 7 years, and an MDP mentor before.
Sponsor Mentor: Zigi Wu Ph.D
Dr. Wu is an expert in acoustic design and biomedical engineering, with a strong background in complex systems design and validation.
Faculty Mentor: David Dowling
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
David R. Dowling completed his doctorate in 1988 at Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology and moved north to Seattle to accommodate his wife’s career in medicine. While there, he worked for a year in the Laser Technology Section of Boeing Aerospace, and then for almost three years as a post-doc at the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. In 1992, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Michigan. Prof. Dowling is currently conducting research in acoustics and fluid mechanics. He teaches courses in these subjects and in experimental techniques. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Physical Society – Division of Fluid Dynamics