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Measurement And Prediction Of The Onset Of Intermittent Dryout During Blowdown Transients For Upward Annular Flow, Bradley A. Statham 2014 McMaster University

Measurement And Prediction Of The Onset Of Intermittent Dryout During Blowdown Transients For Upward Annular Flow, Bradley A. Statham

Open Access Dissertations and Theses

The effect of pressure transients on the onset of intermittent dryout in upward annular flow was experimentally investigated in order to resolve the conflict between the observations drawn from two major data sets in the literature. A delay in time to the onset of dryout at the test section exit relative to the time predicted based on steady-state data was observed in the R-12 experiments of Celata et al (1988; 1991). Steady-state prediction methods were sufficient to predict the upstream progression of a pre-existing dryout front in the water experiments of Lyons and Swinnerton (1983). Steady state and pressure transient ...


Shape Optimization Of Airfoils Without And With Ground Effect Using A Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm, Yilei He 2014 Washington University in St. Louis

Shape Optimization Of Airfoils Without And With Ground Effect Using A Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm, Yilei He

Engineering and Applied Science Theses & Dissertations

The focus of this thesis is on shape optimization using a genetic algorithm. A multi-objective genetic algorithm (MOGA) is employed to optimize the shape of an airfoil to improve its lift and drag characteristics, in particular to achieve two objectives simultaneously that is to increase its lift as well as its lift to drag ratio. The commercially available software FLUENT is employed to calculate the flow field on an adaptive structured mesh, which is generated by the commercial mesh generating software ICEM. The flow field is calculated using the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations in conjunction with a two equation k-ω ...


Experimental And Numerical Investigation Of The Mechanism Of Blast Wave Transmission Through A Surrogate Head, Yi Hua, Praveen Akula, Linxia Gu, Jeff Berg, Carl A. Nelson 2014 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Experimental And Numerical Investigation Of The Mechanism Of Blast Wave Transmission Through A Surrogate Head, Yi Hua, Praveen Akula, Linxia Gu, Jeff Berg, Carl A. Nelson

Mechanical & Materials Engineering Faculty Publications

This work is to develop an experiment-validated numerical model to elucidate the wave transmission mechanisms through a surrogate head under blast loading. Repeated shock tube tests were conducted on a surrogate head, i.e., water-filled polycarbonate shell. Surface strain on the skull simulant and pressure inside the brain simulant were recorded at multiple locations. A numerical model was developed to capture the shock wave propagation within the shock tube and the fluid-structure interaction between the shock wave and the surrogate head. The obtained numerical results were compared with the experimental measurements. The experiment-validated numerical model was then used to further ...


Vehicle Multi-Pass Rut Volume And Mobility Power Study, William W. Barbour 2014 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Vehicle Multi-Pass Rut Volume And Mobility Power Study, William W. Barbour

Pursuit - The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee

This paper presents the relationship between applied power by a wheeled vehicle to soil and the rutting effects. Specifically, a strong positive relationship was found between cumulative applied power and total rut volume across multiple passes by the vehicle over the same tracks. Field-testing was conducted using a high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV) and two distinct soil types. Sensors on the vehicle measured torque and angular velocity of each of the four wheels, from which applied power was calculated. A rut profile meter was used to document the shape of the rut after set numbers of passes and this profile ...


Logic And Methodology For Hierarchical Monitoring As A Means Of Fault Detection In Existing Large Scale, Data Rich Hvac Systems, Wendy Kisch 2014 Iowa State University

Logic And Methodology For Hierarchical Monitoring As A Means Of Fault Detection In Existing Large Scale, Data Rich Hvac Systems, Wendy Kisch

Mechanical Engineering White Papers

The purpose of this research is to develop effective methods of noncapital improvements in the operation of existing large scale data-rich heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, through the use of system data commonly routinely logged by building automation systems. Using the Iowa State University campus system as a test bed, we develop a systematic hierarchical method of HVAC system analysis and the setting of monitoring schemes. Our approach takes account of commonalities of location, use, subsystem identity, equipment type, etc. provided by basic engineering knowledge in order to monitor for signals of abnormal/degraded system behavior. It takes ...


Formula Sae Hybrid Carbon Fiber Monocoque / Steel Tube Frame Chassis, Matthew Hagan, John Rappolt, John Waldrop 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Formula Sae Hybrid Carbon Fiber Monocoque / Steel Tube Frame Chassis, Matthew Hagan, John Rappolt, John Waldrop

Mechanical Engineering

The Cal Poly Formula SAE Team created this project in order to design and fabricate a high-performance chassis which would be competitive at 2013 FSAE Lincoln, and to document the process so that future teams could more easily create a chassis. One of the main goals was to reduce weight from the 143- lb 2012 chassis subsystem. A weight of 95 lb was achieved, with 82 lb in the chassis structure itself and a predicted torsional stiffness of 1700 lb*ft/deg. Composite materials design and manufacturing techniques were developed during the project. Design, testing, and manufacturing processes are detailed ...


St. Jude Medical - R&D Robot For Sensor Testing, Andrew Chanul Kim, Stanley Logan Laszczyk, Edgar Nava, Nathan Gall 2014 California Polytechnic State University

St. Jude Medical - R&D Robot For Sensor Testing, Andrew Chanul Kim, Stanley Logan Laszczyk, Edgar Nava, Nathan Gall

Electrical Engineering

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Formula Sae Cooling System Design, Lisa Van Den Berg, Brandon Lofaro 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Formula Sae Cooling System Design, Lisa Van Den Berg, Brandon Lofaro

Mechanical Engineering

The overall objective of this senior project is to develop, via testing and analysis, a guided process that will aid the Cal Poly Formula SAE team in designing their cooling system. More specifically, a set of designed tests will yield the results necessary in determining a combination of fan and radiator that will achieve appropriate cooling.

A test section that has the capability of interfacing with both the wind tunnel in the Thermal Science Lab and a radiator will be used to facilitate the necessary experiments. The wind tunnel is powered by fan controlled by a variable frequency drive that ...


A Study On The Vibrational Performance Characteristics Of An E22 Isolator After Outgassing And Bake-Out, Alma Melendez 2014 California Polytechnic State University

A Study On The Vibrational Performance Characteristics Of An E22 Isolator After Outgassing And Bake-Out, Alma Melendez

Master's Theses and Project Reports

The launch environment experiences many vibration, shock, and acoustic loads. A great concern is the high random vibration levels that can damage components and spacecraft structures, which can cause a mission failure. An effective method of reducing high frequency energy is using isolators. Overall, the need for vibration isolation has been increasing because there has been an increase in the use of mechanisms in which vibrations are prevalent. In addition, there has not been extensive research on the effects of isolators that are outgassed and cured. Therefore, it is important to investigate and understand the vibrational effects on isolators. It ...


Low-Cost Strider For Guatemala, Nicole Catherine Cooper, Gonzalo Hernandez, Jared W. Tower 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Low-Cost Strider For Guatemala, Nicole Catherine Cooper, Gonzalo Hernandez, Jared W. Tower

Mechanical Engineering

The purpose of this project was to create a strider, a type of standing rehabilitation device, for children in developing countries who have trouble walking and supporting their full body weight. The project was initially brought to us by Cal Poly professor Brian Self, who had visited a clinic in San Marcos and determined that there were children there who had difficulties with walking and were a need for a rehabilitation device. The team discussed the problem with Dr. Self, Matt Robinson (a local San Luis Obispo prosthetist), and Cal Poly physics professor Pete Schwartz, all of whom had visited ...


Adaptive Basketball Shooter - Final Project Report, Jenna N. Becker, Richard A. Galanti, Justin D. Haley, Brett Y. Nayudu 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Adaptive Basketball Shooter - Final Project Report, Jenna N. Becker, Richard A. Galanti, Justin D. Haley, Brett Y. Nayudu

Mechanical Engineering

The Friday Club is a joint venture between the Cal Poly Kinesiology Department and the San Luis Obispo Special Olympics that offers people with varying degrees of disability the opportunity to meet weekly and learn various sports and games. At Friday Club, athletes in wheelchairs with limited arm strength use devices built by Cal Poly mechanical engineering students in order to participate in various sports. Many devices are designed to attach to the Universal Play Frame (UPF), a wheel-chair attachment. The purpose of this project was to design and build a UPF device that will launch a basketball, so that ...


Adaptive Kayak Seating: The Tide Rider 360, Irvin Camacho, Grant Petersen, Audrey Riddle, Andrea Voigt 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Adaptive Kayak Seating: The Tide Rider 360, Irvin Camacho, Grant Petersen, Audrey Riddle, Andrea Voigt

Mechanical Engineering

The Adaptive Paddling Program at California Polytechnic State University has sponsored the construction of an adaptive kayak seat, the Tide Rider 360, to provide paddlers with disabilities sufficient trunk support while out on the water. In particular, this design focused on providing the least restrictive environment for all users while still providing sufficient lateral, neck, back, and hip support. This seat is intended for use in the quarterly Adaptive Paddling Program to allow people with disabilities to experience the joys of kayaking in the most comfortable and supportive environment possible.

The following report details the background research, design development, manufacturing ...


Energy Generator Exploration Station Senior Project Report, Evan Carr, Christopher Scharff, Andrea Govea 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Energy Generator Exploration Station Senior Project Report, Evan Carr, Christopher Scharff, Andrea Govea

Mechanical Engineering

The mission of Team EnGen is to create a safe and reliable, human powered energy generation system for the Exploration Station. This project was proposed by the Exploration Station in response to a grant received by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) that allocated funds for an energy conservation exhibit. This system will take the form of a model energy truck and a darkened neighborhood display that the user powers through peddling, turning the generator to create the electricity that will light up the display. The Exploration Station and Team EnGen agree that this style of design is accessible to ...


Automated Foosball Table, Jim R. Stefani, Alex J. Herpy, Brett Gordon Jaeger, Kevin S. Haydon, Derek Alan Hamel 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Automated Foosball Table, Jim R. Stefani, Alex J. Herpy, Brett Gordon Jaeger, Kevin S. Haydon, Derek Alan Hamel

Mechanical Engineering

This project is the second iteration of an automated foosball table for Yaskawa America as a trade show display. The table is meant to provide an interactive experience which highlights the speed and precision of the Yaskawa hardware. The first iteration of the project was mainly focused on creating the physical hardware for the system and to begin the basic programming for the system. This phase of the project was focused on finalizing the physical hardware of the system, implementing the vision system and to continue the basic programing of the system AI. A third team will be assigned to ...


Team Joseph: Adaptive Aquatic Device, Paul Sands, Lilly Hoff, Andrea Voigt 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Team Joseph: Adaptive Aquatic Device, Paul Sands, Lilly Hoff, Andrea Voigt

Mechanical Engineering

The scope of this project included designing and fabricating an adaptive aquatic device for Joseph, a 20 year old student in the Special Education Program at San Luis Obispo High School with a subset of cerebral palsy known as spastic quadriplegia. The project was presented at the beginning of the Fall 2013 quarter to the mechanical engineering students at Cal Poly with the aspiration that a team of engineers would construct a device that would allow Joseph, his friends and family to compete in their first triathlon on July 27, 2014. The project was humbly accepted by mechanical engineering students ...


Feel Of The Ocean: Final Report, Ian E. Hoffman, Kevin T. Dunlea, Ryan A. Palo 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Feel Of The Ocean: Final Report, Ian E. Hoffman, Kevin T. Dunlea, Ryan A. Palo

Mechanical Engineering

The overall goal of this project is to create a system that will enhance the audience’s sense that they are actually in the ocean, surrounded by whales, as they attend the Music Department’s 2014 Spring RSVP show. We have designed something that, through the interaction of light and moving fabric, will augment the performance.


Adapted Pool Cue, Cole Clark, Daniel Patterson, Michelle Cheung, Dylan Sauer 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Adapted Pool Cue, Cole Clark, Daniel Patterson, Michelle Cheung, Dylan Sauer

Mechanical Engineering

Our primary goal was to develop an adaptive device to allow a user with limited upper body mobility to more effectively play a game of pool. Within this goal it was important to design around the concept of a least restrictive environment, in order to provide the user with as close to a standard pool playing experience as possible. The device was designed to specifically meet the needs of John Lee, an Assistive Technology Specialist at Cal Poly's Disability Resource Center. Mr. Lee has muscular dystrophy, which limits his upper and lower body mobility and currently requires his use ...


Adaptive Beach Walker, Jonathan Larsen, Christian Nuñez, Nicholas Simon, Jessica Smith 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Adaptive Beach Walker, Jonathan Larsen, Christian Nuñez, Nicholas Simon, Jessica Smith

Mechanical Engineering

The RAPD program is a federal organization funded by the National Science Foundation that supports the development of technologies for new and improved devices or software for persons with disabilities; in the case of our project and our fellow classmates, the program provided grants to student projects that are designed to help persons with disabilities in participating and enjoying physical activity. Our project is directed with the help of Dr. Widmann and Dr. Taylor of the Mechanical Engineering and Kinesiology Departments respectively, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Three students from the Mechanical Department and one student from ...


Nanite Sensor Cube Casing, Morgan Crisp, Robert Izuta, Andrea Zimkowski 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Nanite Sensor Cube Casing, Morgan Crisp, Robert Izuta, Andrea Zimkowski

Mechanical Engineering

Oceanit has developed an innovative weigh-in motion system that uses a new nanomaterial called Nanite, also know as a ‘smart’ concrete, for the load-cell. For the system to function accurately the load-cell must be protected. The Nanite will be molded into 2-inch cubes to be used as the load-cell in the weigh-in motion system. This system will be a cheaper alternative to current weigh-in motion systems, and allow for better-widespread health monitoring of roadways. These sensors will be placed under the roadway and need protection from both the environment and the weight of passing vehicles on the road. Oceanit is ...


Friction Test Machine, Kyle Raymon Schless, Lynda Beatriz Tesillo, Mustapha Nadri 2014 California Polytechnic State University

Friction Test Machine, Kyle Raymon Schless, Lynda Beatriz Tesillo, Mustapha Nadri

Mechanical Engineering

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