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Electrical Engineering

2015

Electrical Engineering Senior Theses

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Smart Thermostat, Matt Allen, Sam Billett, Kevin Read Jun 2015

Smart Thermostat, Matt Allen, Sam Billett, Kevin Read

Electrical Engineering Senior Theses

The current thermostat marketplace is dominated by programmable thermostats that are engineered to give the user as much control as possible. However, not all users program these thermostats optimally. Some prefer comfort over energy efficiency and will heat an empty house. Others do not care to program their thermostat and leave it at a set temperature. The Smart Thermostat that we have created is engineered to optimize the temperature for the user, using the common sense of the engineer to lower energy consumption. It uses a Raspberry Pi as a platform to implement a fuzzy logic control System. By removing ...


Dynamic Capacitor Bank, J. Daniel Mendoza, Peter Roguski Jun 2015

Dynamic Capacitor Bank, J. Daniel Mendoza, Peter Roguski

Electrical Engineering Senior Theses

Low power factor systems run inefficiently and cause power companies to lose thousands of dollars with wasted power. Correction systems currently implement static capacitor solutions to offset this power factor; however, companies where the power factor varies significantly need a better solution. In this paper, we discuss a reactive power factor correction system that could greatly benefit companies with this problem. The system is in its prototype state, which comprises of a capacitor bank, sensing circuit, a switching circuit and a microprocessor; we named it the Dynamic Capacitor Bank. During our project, we were able to get a sensing circuit ...