Fall 2015 seniors applied their skills in real-world, team-based design experiences as they prepare for full-time engineering work. Some of their projects are described below:
FORMULA 600 Racecar Design
Drachen Motor Works was tasked with finalizing the design of major components for the F600 Racecar, which included cleaning up and finalizing the frame, modifications to the frame to facilitate the suspension, modifying and completing the front suspension and steering components, designing engine mounts, performing analysis of the frame, designing new wheel hubs, as well as finalizing other various components of the car.
Process Improvement for Convoluted PTFE Hose Thermal Expansion
Thermal Expansion Solutions was tasked to improve upon the existing process that Parker Stratoflex utilizes to thermally expand convoluted PTFE hoses for aerospace applications.
Carbon Fiber Chassis for UTA Racing FSAE
The UTA Racing team approached Optimum Composite Solutions to build a CFRP chassis with the requirements that the specific torsional and bending stiffness be increased, while maintaining elegant system integration.
Solar Energy Storage Stove
The goal of this project, given by GTECH Precision Industries to SEA Industries consultants, is to devise some means to use solar energy, store it, and use it to power a stove which can be used at any hour of the day.
Lab Vial Sanitation System
Limitless Solutsions was entrusted to develop and construct an integrative sanitation system for large scale test tube use, to be operated and utilized by affiliate, Betran Lab.
Mechanical Fan Seal Redesign
The BBE Engineering design team has worked with the team at Alcon to research new seal options, arrange meetings with seal vendors, and design a test plan and results analysis. We explored options that would reduce the force at the contact surface, different materials, and alternative sealing concepts to find a design that would perform at max speed with minimal cost for modifications to the sterilizer.
HVAC Design Calculations
The main objective of the HVAC design calculations project is to provide correctly sized heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for the building. The team is to calculate heating and cooling loads and design the selected HVAC system for the building, while demonstrating compliance with the latest editions of ASHRAE Standards 55, 62.1, and 90.1
Fused-Deposition Modeling of Thin-Walled Aircraft Structures
The Napkin Engineers were tasked with performing optimization on a thin walled aircraft structure with a 10-foot wing span. The final aircraft was to be printed utilizing Fused-Deposition Modeling, more commonly referred to as 3D printing. In addition to this, the project involved creating a detailed instruction manual highlighting all the steps taken to accomplish this so that other people, such as the client's customers, would be able to obtain the same result.
A Self-Balancing System for Two Wheeled Vehicles
Balanced Innovations was tasked to develop a stabilization device which was able to balance a two wheeled vehicle at low speeds. Previously, a continuously revolving gyroscope was employed. For this employed after comprehensive and careful analysis, gyroscope system was replaced by an inverted pendulum approach.
A Hydrocyclone for Separating Grease and Water
The HydrocycloneSolutions team was tasked with manufacturing and testing a cyclone separator that can separate water from FOG’s (fats, oils, and greases) for primary use in the restaurant industry. Currently there is a deficiency in grease traps that is
Hydrocyclone Device for Restaurant Waste Water
HRI was tasked to assist in designing a hydrocyclone for the restaurant industry. A hydrocyclone is a device that separates particulate matter from water. Typically used in the oil industry, hydrocyclones currently separate fracking fluid, but for the restaurant industry the particulate matter will be the fats, oils, and greases (or FOGs) that are produced in the kitchen.
A Durable Delta-Style 3D Printer
AMP has been tasked with developing a delta-style 3D printer that is highly durable, safe, user-friendly, and portable. AMP engineers purchased a GEEETech Delta 3D Printer as a foundation for this project, then made enhancements to the design.
General Mobility Assistant
This project seeks to allow individuals to have a greater level of independence by making it easier to move from place to place. Aspects of this project seek to first assist the elderly with comfortable standing and sitting. Further development will provide solutions for assistive walking. The deliverables for this project include: a viable business plan and model, a functional prototype, analysis documentation, and technical drawings.