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Refrigeration & Pressure Circuits For The Test Apparatus On Triaxial Properties Of Polymer Foams At Arctic Temperatures, Nathaniel Ackerman Jan 2022

Refrigeration & Pressure Circuits For The Test Apparatus On Triaxial Properties Of Polymer Foams At Arctic Temperatures, Nathaniel Ackerman

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

The objective of this project is to modify the previous testing apparatus used by Dr. M. Hoo Fatt for exploration of Crushing Behavior of Polymer Foams in Sandwich Structures Operating in Arctic Regions commissioned by the Office of Naval Research and performed under the University of Akron’s Mechanical Engineering testing facilities. To do this, it is required to design a system capable of operating at a constant temperature during a testing cycle, reaching down to -60⁰C. This apparatus must also be compatible with prior equipment, facilities, persons, samples, and media.

Primarily, a copper-tube refrigeration coil design was considered to ...


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Apr 2021

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Graduate Student Wins Excellence in Graduate Research Award


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Apr 2021

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Faculty and Students Mentor High School Design Competition


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Mar 2021

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Graduate Student to Present at Posters on the Hill


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Mar 2021

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • 2021 Engineering Design Challenge


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Feb 2021

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Graduate Student Lands Position as Race Engineer


Progress, Georgia Southern University Jan 2021

Progress, Georgia Southern University

Engineering & Computing, Allen E. Paulson College of - Progress

Welcome to the new online version of Progress, the magazine of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. We are approaching 10,000 subscribers, and as we are the College of Engineering and Computing, we think online is the way to go! This issue features three of our first female engineering graduates, a recent student success story, two of our pre-eminent female faculty, as well as one of our most influential female industry/business collaborations. Welcome to the Women of Engineering and Computing issue of Progress!


Advanced Thermal Characterization And Temperature Control To Enable The Next Generation Of Micro-Electronic Technologies, Assaad El Helou Dec 2020

Advanced Thermal Characterization And Temperature Control To Enable The Next Generation Of Micro-Electronic Technologies, Assaad El Helou

Mechanical Engineering Research Theses and Dissertations

In the electronics world, self-heating is an inevitable by-product of electrical activation that has a major impact on device performance and reliability. Thermal technologies have been in constant development to effectively dissipate the generated heat and keep device operation temperatures within reliable limits. Moreover, thermal characterization technologies have been implemented to understand the thermal performance within microelectronic sys- tems, but not without facing experimental and numerical challenges. This work presents ad- vanced thermal investigations, both experimental and numerical, that are adapted and most suited for emerging micro-electronic technologies. Initially, the main experimental and numerical modeling challenges faced in the thermal ...


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Dec 2020

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Engineering Design Conference Held Virtually


High-Performance Flexible Bismuth Telluride Thin Film From Solution Processed Colloidal Nanoplates, Madhusudan Kongara, Tony Varghese, Karthik Chinnathambi, Jesse Schimpf, Josh Eixenberger, Paul H. Davis, Yaqiao Wu, David Estrada Nov 2020

High-Performance Flexible Bismuth Telluride Thin Film From Solution Processed Colloidal Nanoplates, Madhusudan Kongara, Tony Varghese, Karthik Chinnathambi, Jesse Schimpf, Josh Eixenberger, Paul H. Davis, Yaqiao Wu, David Estrada

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty Publications and Presentations

Thermoelectric generators are an environmentally friendly and reliable solid‐state energy conversion technology. Flexible and low‐cost thermoelectric generators are especially suited to power flexible electronics and sensors using body heat or other ambient heat sources. Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) based thermoelectric materials exhibit their best performance near room temperature making them an ideal candidate to power wearable electronics and sensors using body heat. In this report, Bi2Te3 thin films are deposited on a flexible polyimide substrate using low‐cost and scalable manufacturing methods. The synthesized Bi2Te3 nanocrystals have a thickness of ...


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Aug 2020

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Dr. Cesmeci Awarded DOE Grant


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Aug 2020

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Dr. M. Xu Receives Faculty Award from AIST


Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University Aug 2020

Mechanical Engineering News, Georgia Southern University

Mechanical Engineering News

  • Computer Lab Availability for Commuting Students


Work In Progress: Development Of A General Education First-Year Design Course, Courtney Hollar, Sondra M. Miller Jun 2020

Work In Progress: Development Of A General Education First-Year Design Course, Courtney Hollar, Sondra M. Miller

Civil Engineering Faculty Publications and Presentations

We discuss in this Work in Progress paper the development of a new first-year engineering course at Boise State University. ENGR 180 Communication in Design Thinking, was developed in order to emphasize the importance of communication throughout the design process. Communication with the client at the start of the design process occurs in order to understand the problem to be solved. The team and other stakeholders continuously communicate in order to work toward developing a prototype to solve the problem. The ability to effectively communicate is equally as important to the design of the final product. The development of ENGR ...


Heavy Lift Drone, Sam Carhart, David Cooper, Luis Gaitan, Michael Kaliterna, Sami Lama, Paul Rogel-Herrera, Yuya Yabe Jun 2020

Heavy Lift Drone, Sam Carhart, David Cooper, Luis Gaitan, Michael Kaliterna, Sami Lama, Paul Rogel-Herrera, Yuya Yabe

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

Despite the rapid rise in the number of drones in the past few years, there has been little work done to produce a drone that is optimized for the FAA' s 55 lb upper takeoff limit. This gap in the market is one that the Heavy Lift Drone (HLD) fills - a light-weight, higher payload capability, and inexpensive drone to be used in commercial applications - most notably irrigation monitoring. The HLD is a contra-rotating hexagonal configuration system featuring two levels of propellers that allow for larger propeller diameter and generate greater lift. After performing extensive finite element analyses and material testing ...


Adaptive Robotic Chassis (Arc), Darran Casey, Ryan Ku, Noah Kane Manuel, Isabella Morales, James Reimer, Lavelle Simmons Jun 2020

Adaptive Robotic Chassis (Arc), Darran Casey, Ryan Ku, Noah Kane Manuel, Isabella Morales, James Reimer, Lavelle Simmons

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

The ARC is a width adjusting agricultural robot and accommodates auxiliary functions for supporting crop production and maintenance. Easily interchangeable payloads and components provide a modular solution to perform focused crop surveying functions with the potential for herbicide distribution, weeding, and harvesting while driving through varying crop rows. The potential auxiliary functions will be implemented by future teams with this year's effort being put toward finishing the physical chassis. The final product was successfully designed to weigh approximately 600 pounds targeting rolling speeds of0.90 fps to 2.30 fps with proof of concept shown in testing consisting of ...


Control And Locomotion Of Inertially And Magnetically Actuated Multi-Scale Robotic Systems, Ehab Al Khatib May 2020

Control And Locomotion Of Inertially And Magnetically Actuated Multi-Scale Robotic Systems, Ehab Al Khatib

Mechanical Engineering Research Theses and Dissertations

In this research, two actuation systems were introduced, inertial and magnetic actuation. In the inertial actuation, the robot used the transfer of momentum to navigate, and this momentum could be generated by spinning masses and wheels. Recent studies in our System Laboratory proved that a wide range of inertially actuated locomotion systems could be generated. This can be achieved by using a family tree approach, starting from a very simple system, and progressively evolving it to more complex ones. The motion diversity of these robots inspired us to extend their locomotion from a macro scale to millimeter and micro scales ...


Application Of Optimal Switching Using Adaptive Dynamic Programming In Power Electronics, Ataollah Gogani Khiabani May 2020

Application Of Optimal Switching Using Adaptive Dynamic Programming In Power Electronics, Ataollah Gogani Khiabani

Mechanical Engineering Research Theses and Dissertations

In this dissertation, optimal switching in switched systems using adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) is presented. Two applications in power electronics, namely single-phase inverter control and permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) control are studied using ADP. In both applications, the objective of the control problem is to design an optimal switching controller, which is also relatively robust to parameter uncertainties and disturbances in the system. An inverter is used to convert the direct current (DC) voltage to an alternating current (AC) voltage. The control scheme of the single-phase inverter uses a single function approximator, called critic, to evaluate the optimal cost ...


Utilizing The Product Development Process To Bring An Idea From Concept To Production, Sydney Ferguson, Jackson Sneed May 2020

Utilizing The Product Development Process To Bring An Idea From Concept To Production, Sydney Ferguson, Jackson Sneed

Honors Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to document and discuss the five-stage product development process starting with defining a problem and resulting in manufacturing a final product for sale as it was implemented in the Portable Fire Pit Center for Manufacturing Excellence Senior Capstone Project. This project was carried out over the course of the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters by a team consisting of three Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering majors and two Undergraduate Accountancy majors. The ultimate goal of the project was to carry out a full production run of the Portable Fire Pit outputting fifteen units meeting retail ...


Design Of A Greywater-Fed Hydroponics System, Alex Estrada, Katya Fairchok, Andrew Feldmeth, Andrew Jezak Apr 2020

Design Of A Greywater-Fed Hydroponics System, Alex Estrada, Katya Fairchok, Andrew Feldmeth, Andrew Jezak

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

To combat issues of local water insecurity, a hydroponics system was designed in partnership with LEAP 5 High School in Jane Furse, South Africa. Climate change, increasing human population, and continued environmental degradation all threaten access to clean drinking water. Approximately seventy percent of all freshwater is used for agriculture globally, thus threatening food security especially in developing countries where access to water is potentially volatile. The hydroponics garden system utilizes sustainable materials, a self-monitoring temperature controls system, and greywater input, to act as an educational tool for students and significantly reduce freshwater use compared to traditional, in-ground agriculture. An ...


Critical Point Identification In 3d Velocity Fields, Mohammadreza Zharfa Apr 2020

Critical Point Identification In 3d Velocity Fields, Mohammadreza Zharfa

Mechanical Engineering Research Theses and Dissertations

Classification of flow fields involving strong vortices such as those from bluff body wakes and animal locomotion can provide important insight to their hydrodynamic behavior. Previous work has successfully classified 2D flow fields based on critical points of the velocity field and the structure of an associated weighted graph using the critical points as vertices. The present work focuses on extension of this approach to 3D flows. To this end, we have used the Gauss-Bonnet theorem to find critical points and their indices in the 3D velocity vector field, which functions similarly to the Poincare-Bendixon theorem in 2D flow fields ...


Basil Leaf Automation, Andrew Soong, Chris Nelson, John Goldsberry, Kalle Suzuki, Nikolas Abenoja, Sherene Victor, Simon Liu Apr 2020

Basil Leaf Automation, Andrew Soong, Chris Nelson, John Goldsberry, Kalle Suzuki, Nikolas Abenoja, Sherene Victor, Simon Liu

Interdisciplinary Design Senior Theses

Recent population and wage increases have forced farmers to grow more food without a proportionate increase in work force. Automation is a key factor in reducing cost and increasing efficiency. In this paper, we explore our automation solution that utilizes position manipulation and vision processing to identify, pick up, and drop a leaf into a can. Two stepper motors and a linear actuator drove the three-dimensional actuation. Leaf and can recognition were accomplished through edge detection and machine learning algorithms. Testing proved subsystem-level functionality and proof of concept of a delicate autonomous pick-and-place robot.


Computational Assessment Of Aortic Valve Function And Mechanics Under Hypertension, Saurav Kadel Jan 2020

Computational Assessment Of Aortic Valve Function And Mechanics Under Hypertension, Saurav Kadel

Browse all Theses and Dissertations

Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), the most common valvular heart disorder, is associated with complications such as stroke, heart attack, aortic aneurysm, left ventricular hypertrophy, and ultimately death. While hypertension has been identified as a major risk factor for CAVD, the mechanisms by which it may promote calcification are still unknown. Given the sensitivity of valvular tissue to mechanical stress alterations, the hemodynamic abnormalities linked to hypertension may play a role in the development of CAVD. Further, the effects of hypertension on the left ventricular functionality and coronary flow resistance remain largely uninvestigated. Hence, the objectives of this thesis were ...


Correlating In-Situ Monitoring Data With Internal Defects In Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing, Andrew J. Harvey Jan 2020

Correlating In-Situ Monitoring Data With Internal Defects In Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing, Andrew J. Harvey

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The presence of defects within laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) parts can lead to reduced mechanical properties and life of components. Because of this, the ability to detect these defects within the parts is critical before the part is subject to its intended loading. Normally the parts are subjected to a quality analysis once they are completed however, this process is typically expensive and time consuming. A solution for these problems is to sense the creation of defects and pores in the parts in-situ, while the part is being fabricated. One proposed method of in-situ monitoring is visible spectroscopy to ...


Optimization Study Of A Combined Wind-Solar Farm For A Specified Demand, Venkat Siddhartha Rama Jan 2020

Optimization Study Of A Combined Wind-Solar Farm For A Specified Demand, Venkat Siddhartha Rama

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At the present time, using wind and solar energy for producing electricity in the United States is becoming cost competitive. According to Lazard’s 2019 [36] levelized cost of energy (LCOE) analysis of a number of energy sources used for producing electricity in the United States, wind and solar are cheaper than natural gas and coal. While capital, maintenance, operation, and fuel costs are included in LCOE numbers, energy source intermittency is not. Intermittency is an important issue with wind and solar energy sources, but not with natural gas or coal energy sources. Combining wind and solar energy sources into ...


The Thermal And Mechanical Characteristics Of Lithiated Peo Lagp Composite Electrolytes, Jacob Michael Denney Jan 2020

The Thermal And Mechanical Characteristics Of Lithiated Peo Lagp Composite Electrolytes, Jacob Michael Denney

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Lithium-ion batteries are part of a multibillion-dollar industry that strives to meet the demands for an increasingly advanced technological future. Flexible batteries can be easily adapted from emerging novel wearable electronics to electrical vehicles and advanced solar panels. Solid-state batteries can greatly reduce the risk of fire or leaking hazardous materials due to puncture. For the development of solid-state flexible lithium based batteries polymer-ceramic composites are attractive electrolyte candidates because of their combined properties, such as electrical, thermal and mechanical properties, that not only overcome limitations from the base materials but may also render some enhanced performances resulting from the ...


Defect Modeling And Vibration-Based Bending Fatigue Of Additively Manufactured Inconel 718, Wesley Earl Eldt Jan 2020

Defect Modeling And Vibration-Based Bending Fatigue Of Additively Manufactured Inconel 718, Wesley Earl Eldt

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is convenient for building components with complex features. However, the long-term integrity of these components is uncertain, since AM parts have defects such as pores and rough surfaces. In this work, an analytical model was developed to determine the impact of defects, and a novel bending fatigue test was used to determine the fatigue life of channeled specimens. The analytical model, based off the theory of critical distances, investigates coupled pores and predicts their potential for fatigue failure. This resulted in a maximum allowable pore size and spacing recommendation for coupled defects. Additionally, specimens with through channels ...


Thermal Modeling Of Coordinated Multi-Beam Additive Manufacturing, Rachel Elizabeth Evans Jan 2020

Thermal Modeling Of Coordinated Multi-Beam Additive Manufacturing, Rachel Elizabeth Evans

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In additive manufacturing (AM), it is necessary to know the influence of processing parameters in order to have better control over the microstructure and mechanical performance of the part. Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is a metal AM process in which thin layers of powdered material are selectively melted to create a three-dimensional structure. This manufacturing process is beneficial for many reasons; however, it is limited by the thermal solidification conditions achievable in the available processing parameter ranges for single-beam processing methods. Therefore, this work investigates the effect of multiple, coordinated heat sources, which are used to strategically modify the ...


Turbine Passage Vortex Response To Upstream Periodic Disturbances, Mitchell Lee Scott Jan 2020

Turbine Passage Vortex Response To Upstream Periodic Disturbances, Mitchell Lee Scott

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Flow through the turbine section of gas turbine engines is inherently unsteady due to a variety of factors, such as the relative motion of rotors and stators. In low pressure turbines, periodic wake passing has been shown to impact boundary layer separation, blade surface pressure distribution, and loss generation. The effect of periodic disturbances on the endwall flow is less understood. Endwall flow in a low-pressure turbine occurs in the boundary layer region of the flow through the blade passage where the blade attaches to the hub in the turbine. The response of an endwall vortical structure, the passage vortex ...


Additive Manufacturing Techniques To Enhance The Performance Of Electronics Created On Flexible And Rigid Substrates, Aamir Hamed Hamad Jan 2020

Additive Manufacturing Techniques To Enhance The Performance Of Electronics Created On Flexible And Rigid Substrates, Aamir Hamed Hamad

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Different additive manufacturing (AM) methods including fused deposition modeling (FDM) and piezoelectrical drop on demand (DOD) inkjet printing have been used in printed electronics for easy production, easy integration, better performance, and low cost. These methods have been used in producing everyday smart printed electronics such as conformal antennas (planner and non-planar antennas), sensors, actuators, and solar cells created on flexible and rigid substrates. The performance of printed electronics strongly depends on printing techniques and printing resolution that enhance their electrical and mechanical properties. In this dissertation, 3D and surface printing techniques were used to enhance the performance of printed ...