Justin Shumate

Justin Shumate
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Curtis
College of Engineering
 
"I got involved with research in order to investigate things that interested me."
 

Major

Chemical Engineering

Minor

Computer Science

Research Interests

  • Spray Characterization
  • Fluid Impacts

Academic Awards

  • N/A

Organizations

  • UF Chemical Engineering Peer Advisers
  • Gator Research Club
  • UF American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Volunteer

  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Programming
  • Hiking
  • Traveling
  • Music

Research Description

Optical Characterization of Aerosol Droplet Sizes
Sprays are present in many applications including the delivery of paints and coating, household cleaners, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals. When a fluid is sprayed onto surface, a portion of the solution may splash back. This bounce back can be affected by the velocity of the spray, the type of nozzle used to perform the spray, the solution used in the spray, the distance between the nozzle and the wall, and the surface chemistry between the fluid and the wall. Depending on the reagents in the spray, it might be of importance to assess the level of exposure to the chemical being used. The project objectives are to understand how these different variables affect the spray’s bounce back, and to determine what can potentially be done to reduce or control the reflection of sprays.