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Design Of A Portable Biogas Purification And Storage System, Anikumar Kosna, Bade Shrestha Mar 2019

Design Of A Portable Biogas Purification And Storage System, Anikumar Kosna, Bade Shrestha

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients

The objective of this study is to propose and design a commercial portable purification and storage system to commercialize biogas (which mainly consists of 45 - 75 % of methane and 15 - 16% of carbon dioxide), produced from household/non-commercial biogas plants. The selection of purification process is based on the portability of the purification system.


Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2018-2019, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences Jan 2019

Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2018-2019, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering News

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Introducing Dr. Zachary D. Asher
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering develops an engineering flight simulator
  • Gear Sliding Loss Prediction
  • Ph.D. student receives the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • NSF grant allows important materials research
  • Student receives scholarship from gear industry
  • Development of low cost/high volume micro/nano sensors and actuators
  • Liou receives $204,000 NSF grant for neurological research
  • Alexander Porter inducted into the Alumni Excellence Academy


Virtual Reality Power Chair Simulator For Human Operator Modeling And Tremor Filtering, Rick Meyer Apr 2018

Virtual Reality Power Chair Simulator For Human Operator Modeling And Tremor Filtering, Rick Meyer

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients

Approximately 180,000 persons who have a need for a powered wheelchair (PWC) suffer from Parkinson's’ hand tremor that makes it difficult, even potentially dangerous, for them to operate it. Persons with hand tremor that attempt to operate a PWC have to try to compensate for their tremor, which may not be realistically possible if the tremor is severe enough. Hand tremor can lead to sudden changes in PWC joystick commands that could result in unsafe PWC movements and collisions resulting in injury and/or property damage. These tremor sufferers are candidates for an assistive PWC. As a step ...


Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2017-2018, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences Jan 2018

Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2017-2018, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering News

  • Letter from the Chair
  • Introducing Dr. Jinseok Kim
  • Use of 3D Printing at WMU Helps Borgess Cardiologist Plug Holes in the Heart
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Develops Semi-Virtual Reality Powered Wheelchair Simulator
  • The Western Aerospace Launch Initiative (WALI)
  • 2017 NSF I-Corps Experience of MAE team
  • Matthew Baird's Internship Experiences at JPL and GRC
  • More Department News
  • Faculty Sabbaticals


Turbulence Analysis For The Improvement Of Internal Combustion Engine Efficiency, James R. Macdonald, Claudia Fajardo-Hansford Apr 2017

Turbulence Analysis For The Improvement Of Internal Combustion Engine Efficiency, James R. Macdonald, Claudia Fajardo-Hansford

Research and Creative Activities Poster Day

Developing a complete understanding of the structure and behavior of the near-wall region (NWR) in reciprocating, internal combustion (IC) engines and of its interaction with the core flow is needed to support the implementation of advanced combustion and operating strategies to improve engine efficiency. The NWR in IC engines is fundamentally different from the canonical steady-state turbulent boundary layers (BL), which have been extensively researched. Motivated by this need, this poster presents results from the analysis of two-component velocity data measured with particle image velocimetry near the head of a single-cylinder, optical engine. The interaction between the NWR and the ...


Satellite Sequencing Optimization Using A Genetic Algorithm, Andrew Verstraete Apr 2017

Satellite Sequencing Optimization Using A Genetic Algorithm, Andrew Verstraete

Research and Creative Activities Poster Day

The problem of mission design for a robotic servicing satellite in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) was investigated. A representative set of potential client satellites was selected, and operational needs were randomly assigned based on the average number of GEO retirements, anomalies, and repositioning maneuvers that currently occur each year. An objective function was developed to represent the value of servicing mission sequences, including client fees, time penalties, and operational risk. A genetic algorithm was then used to find sequences of operations on the potential client set that maximized the objective function’s value. Scenarios were analyzed with the database of ...


An Interactive Web-Based Tool For Fatigue Analysis And Life Prediction, Daniel Kujawski Apr 2017

An Interactive Web-Based Tool For Fatigue Analysis And Life Prediction, Daniel Kujawski

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA) Recipients

  • Interactive web-based tool creates a modern approach to fatigue analysis and life prediction for use in engineering classrooms.
  • Bridge the gap between theory and reality.
  • The unique attributes of this software allows engineering students to learn and gain more insight to fatigue analysis in a given semester.


Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2016-2017, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences Jan 2017

Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2016-2017, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering News

  • Letter from the Department Chair
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Wins Grant from DENSO North America Foundation
  • NSF $452,399 award to bring state-of-the-art instrument to WMU
  • Faculty Research
  • Faculty Summer Research
  • Research in Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics
  • Auto lab upgrades make it a premier teaching and research facility
  • MAE faculty


Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2015-2016, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences Jan 2016

Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering, 2015-2016, College Of Engineering And Applied Sciences

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering News

  • Letter from the Department Chair
  • New Faculty
  • Student Success
  • University NanoSatellite Program P-Spec Mission
  • WALI Student Opportunities
  • Study of Blind Cane Vibration


Electroplating Of Nickel And Copper Layers On Nanoengineered Plastics, Brandon Voelker, Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, Jeff Wheeler Apr 2014

Electroplating Of Nickel And Copper Layers On Nanoengineered Plastics, Brandon Voelker, Muralidhar K. Ghantasala, Jeff Wheeler

Research and Creative Activities Poster Day

Introduction

  • The motivation for this project is the development and proposed use of novel nanoengineered polymeric materials in many industrial and commercial applications. This necessitated the development of a robust metallic coating that can withstand aggressive environmental conditions.
  • This research explores the methods of electroplating nickel and copper to the substrate, including the effects of various duty cycles and cathode current density