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Dedion Axle Senior Project, Nick Schraan, Mark Shushnar, William Swenson, Ramy Tall Jun 2013

Dedion Axle Senior Project, Nick Schraan, Mark Shushnar, William Swenson, Ramy Tall

Mechanical Engineering

The sponsor, EV Grid Inc. is a company looking to the future with the development of a vehicle to grid infrastructure. The vehicle in development is a Ford E-250 Van which had been converted to electric drive with a front motor, rear drive layout. The sponsor wanted to move the electric motor to the rear and develop an axle to support this change. By eliminating the driveshaft, a more efficient use of battery space could be utilized. The goal of this project is to design and fabricate a prototype deDion rear axle which incorporates a system of drive components that ...


Barbeque Grill Temperature Distribution Design Improvement, Peter Gobell, Connor Mcgill, Thomas Willson Jun 2013

Barbeque Grill Temperature Distribution Design Improvement, Peter Gobell, Connor Mcgill, Thomas Willson

Mechanical Engineering

Team License to Grill set out to asses Bull Outdoor Products, Inc.’s barbeques and quantify the apparent uneven temperature distribution or “hot spots” and “cold spots” across the grill. This testing was accomplished with the design and fabrication of a test fixture allowing for accurate and repeatable temperature collection across the barbeque. With results that matched the sponsor’s claims of hot and cold spots, an engineering model was made using heat transfer and thermodynamic equations. Once the model somewhat resembled the experimental data, it was used to suggest different modifications that would allow for better temperature distribution. It ...


Fire Protection Analysis Of Campus Building, Mackenzie Hill Jun 2013

Fire Protection Analysis Of Campus Building, Mackenzie Hill

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

A prescriptive and performance based analysis has been conducted on a College Campus Building in Southern California. This building is still in the approvals process and has been designed to meet the design standards in the 2010 California Building Code (CBC) and relevant NFPA codes. The building is proposed to be the center of operations as well as having administration facilities for the College. It will house an administrative office, production and support facilities. The project is three stories and includes a balcony that does not qualify as a story. The top floor is greater than 30 feet from grade ...


Life Safety Report Xyz Office Building Denver Colorado, Keith Dix Jun 2013

Life Safety Report Xyz Office Building Denver Colorado, Keith Dix

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

This report is a Life Safety Analysis of the XYZ building in Colorado. It is a government contract facility and as such prefers that its real name and location not be utilized for this report. The building was assessed prescriptively using the 2009 International Building Code (IBC) and was found to be predominantly compliant with the code and the relevant referenced standards. The building was then assessed using a Performance Based Design in accordance with methodologies found and addressed in common fire protection literature. The Design Criteria chosen to determine tenability for the Required Safe Egress Time (RSET) were Carbon ...


Evaluation Of Thermophile Algae In Horizontal Photo-Bioreactor, Olivier Schmied Jun 2013

Evaluation Of Thermophile Algae In Horizontal Photo-Bioreactor, Olivier Schmied

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering

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Mixed‐Use Commercial And Residential Podium Building, Gene Voloshenko Jun 2013

Mixed‐Use Commercial And Residential Podium Building, Gene Voloshenko

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

This report provides a summary of the principal fire protection and life safety features for a mixed use commercial and residential Podium Building for compliance with the 2000 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2003 NFPA 101 “Life Safety Code”. IBC permits compliance with the prescriptive Code requirements using Alternative Solutions that will achieve at least the minimum level of performance required by the IBC as defined by the objectives and functional statements and as described in the NFPA 101 Chapter 5. Alternative solutions for this project were modeled using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). One of the primary recommendations ...


Fire Protection Analysis Of A Fresno Elementary School, Garen Lencioni Jun 2013

Fire Protection Analysis Of A Fresno Elementary School, Garen Lencioni

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

This report details the fire and life safety analysis of a Fresno Elementary School. Both prescriptive and performance based analysis were used to determine compliance with the building codes and fire codes which the building was constructed under. The prescriptive analyses included evaluation of the egress system, structural fire protection requirements, fire detection and alarm system and fire suppression systems. The prescriptive analyses were done to show the code requirements and how the building complies with them. The performance analyses were done to analyze the performance of the building in the event of a fire scenario. Three fire scenarios were ...


Fire And Life Safety Evaluation Of The Providence Pavilion, Oscar J. Zuniga Jun 2013

Fire And Life Safety Evaluation Of The Providence Pavilion, Oscar J. Zuniga

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

The fire and life safety systems of the Providence Pavilion, a four-story addition to the Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, are examined for compliance with applicable design and construction codes and standards and are found to comply with codes and conform to standards. The prescriptive requirements for occupancy classification, construction type, structural fire protection, egress systems, fire alarms, and fire protection are reviewed. Three different fire scenarios are developed and are then employed to study the fire and life safety systems’ performance using fire and egress modeling tools and simulations. Using this performance-based approach, the fire and life ...


Fire Protection Analysis Of The ‘Center For The Arts’ Building', Steven W. Carman Jun 2013

Fire Protection Analysis Of The ‘Center For The Arts’ Building', Steven W. Carman

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters of Science in Fire Protection Engineering, a prescriptive and performance-based analysis was performed on a building housing the Center for the Arts. The building was constructed in 1947 in California as an automobile dealership and repair shop under the provisions of the then-controlling Uniform Building Code. It subsequently underwent several occupancy changes and has since served as a beauty school, gymnastics center, and currently as a performing and visual arts center. Prescriptive analyses were conducted based primarily upon the provisions of the 2010 California Building and Fire Codes, and ...


Fire Protection Analysis Of The Bonderson Engineering Projects Center, John Cote Jun 2013

Fire Protection Analysis Of The Bonderson Engineering Projects Center, John Cote

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

A Fire and Life Safety Analysis of the Bonderson Engineering Projects Center (BEPC) located on the Cal Poly campus is performed. Prescriptive and Performance Based approaches are used to evaluate the BEPC for compliance with the current fire and building code requirements. The fire protection systems and features of the BEPC analyzed include the following: Egress Systems, Fire Detection, Alarm, and Communications Systems, Fire Suppression Systems, and Structural Fire Protection Systems. Prescriptive analyses are performed to determine if the as-built design meets the requirements of the code. Performance-Based analyses are performed to provide insight to the prescriptive design utilized in ...


Culminating Project- U.S. Federal Courthouse, Joshua W. Elvove Jun 2013

Culminating Project- U.S. Federal Courthouse, Joshua W. Elvove

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

The purpose of this report is to select and evaluate a building for compliance with prescriptive and performance based requirements, that apply the concepts learned from previous courses taken as part of the master’s fire protection engineering degree curriculum at Cal Poly, San Luis Obisbo. The report discusses applicable code requirements for building construction, egress, fire alarm initiation and notification, and fire suppression and evaluates the building’s performance, including occupant movement, when subjected to two assumed fires. Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) was used to generate data used during the performance analysis. The performance analysis reveals that meeting prescriptive ...


Adams 14 High School Life Safety Report, Todd L. Brand Jun 2013

Adams 14 High School Life Safety Report, Todd L. Brand

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

The purpose of this Life Safety Report (LSR) is to provide a prescriptive based analysis of the Adam County High School based on the existing codes that the building was constructed under. This will include exterior and interior building construction, fire protection systems, and egress requirements. Additionally, this report will evaluate selected performance based design scenarios for the High School. Findings and recommendations to the performance based design scenarios, along with any deficiencies, are noted at the conclusion of the report. The prescriptive analysis of this report will focus on the International Building Code requirements with emphasis on Chapters 4 ...


Fire And Life Safety Analysis- Center For Science And Mathematics Building #52, Laura Radle Jun 2013

Fire And Life Safety Analysis- Center For Science And Mathematics Building #52, Laura Radle

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

The purpose of this fire and life safety analysis is to determine whether Cal Poly’s Center for Science and Mathematics (CSM) meets fire safety goals. The primary fire safety goal is to provide building occupants with an environment that is reasonably safe from fire. This goal can be achieved by protecting the occupants not intimate with the initial fire development and improving survivability of those occupants intimate with the initial fire development, (NFPA 101, 2006). A prescriptive-based design approach and a performance-based design approach are used to evaluate building safety. The prescriptive-based approach is used to evaluate the building ...


Telecommunications Network Switching Facility, Eric Kumar Jun 2013

Telecommunications Network Switching Facility, Eric Kumar

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

This report is on a mission critical telecommunications network switching facility located in Southern Mississippi. The life safety and property preservation measures are summarized in this report. The prescriptive design approaches for various fire and life safety systems in telecommunications facilities were evaluated against the performance based approaches studied in the Cal Poly Fire Protection Engineering curriculum. Majority of the prescriptive approaches are in accordance with the performance based solutions, however the smoke management system’s performance and prescriptive design yields a significant discrepancy. For the smoke management system, a difference in the flow rates is observed between the exhaust ...


Comparing Class A Compressed Air Foam Systems (Cafs) Against Plain Water Suppression In Live Fire Gas Cooling Experiments For Interior Structural Firefighting, Sean Carter Mitchell Jun 2013

Comparing Class A Compressed Air Foam Systems (Cafs) Against Plain Water Suppression In Live Fire Gas Cooling Experiments For Interior Structural Firefighting, Sean Carter Mitchell

Master's Theses and Project Reports

Wildland fire services have successfully integrated compressed air foam systems (CAFS) into their fire suppression arsenal over the last few decades to effectively increase the firefighting ability of water. Many urban fire departments have done the same, but far more still rely on plain water to extinguish Class A fires. Many claims have been made about the advantages and disadvantages of firefighting foams, but only limited research has been conducted on the subject to date. Fire departments need more information, beyond that provided by foam suppliers and CAFS equipment manufacturers, to make an independent decision on whether or not to ...


Application Of Assignment Problem Theory To Cal Poly's Week Of Welcome Program Presentation Schedule, Kevin T. Aban Mar 2013

Application Of Assignment Problem Theory To Cal Poly's Week Of Welcome Program Presentation Schedule, Kevin T. Aban

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The Week of Welcome (WOW) is a part of Cal Poly’s Orientation Programs. One of the main objectives of WOW is to provide content to new students on a variety of different topics in the form of Awareness Presentations. The problem being addressed in this paper is that of assigning the orientation groups of incoming students to these Awareness Presentations so that they have a schedule that meets all of the necessary criteria. The most important of those requirements is schedule balance and flexibility for future use. This scheduling problem is solved through the use of operations research and ...


Kase, The Laptop Cooling Case, Jana Morrison, Tyler Ries Mar 2013

Kase, The Laptop Cooling Case, Jana Morrison, Tyler Ries

Biomedical Engineering

This report describes the final design and analysis of a laptop cooling case as a marketable product for a group of entrepreneurial marketing student based out of California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Background market research and empirical measurements were taken in order to confirm that this would be a marketable product worth designing. Then previous solutions were researched in order to identity weaknesses and strengths. After rigorous research, it was determined that a passive cooling system, in which channels directed airflow to the computer fan would be the best system in terms of functionality, performance, and cost. A ...


Polyparking, Christopher Blackmer, Michael Suttie Mar 2013

Polyparking, Christopher Blackmer, Michael Suttie

Biomedical Engineering

The purpose of this senior project is to analyze the various options for the implementation of a parking lot information system on the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo campus. This system would involve three main components: physical counting hardware, a database and analysis organization system, and a user interface for disseminating the gathered information. The project investigates and provides commentary on various available and commonplace systems, and the benefits and drawbacks of these systems. During the course of the project, a flexible database and user-interface was developed in Microsoft Access, which will allow counter output to be gathered ...


Csp Desalination/Water Purification Unit, Sean Goodison Mar 2013

Csp Desalination/Water Purification Unit, Sean Goodison

Industrial Technology

An estimated 3.4 million people die each year from unsanitary water or inaccessible water supply. Most of these deaths take place in the developing, third world (99%). There is a dilemma arising on the world stage as well. The water demand/supply deficit is expected to increase significantly over the next 37 years if preemptive action isn’t taken. 97% of the world water supply is oceanic, making it an attractive solution to the water deficit. Providing autonomous, “deploy and watch” systems for utilizing sustainable energy to provide purified water for unitized low pricing has the potential to penetrate ...


Robert E. Kennedy Library Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Fire Protection Analysis Fpe Culminating Project, Isaac De Haro Martinez Mar 2013

Robert E. Kennedy Library Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Fire Protection Analysis Fpe Culminating Project, Isaac De Haro Martinez

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

California State University has acquired fire protection services to conduct a survey of and produce a fire protection report that analyzes the current condition of the existing Robert E. Kennedy Library on the Cal Poly campus. The prescriptive analysis of the Library is based on the 2010 California Building- the analysis considers the building a new building and will not consider the building provision for existing buildings as permitted by Chapter 34 of the CBC. A performance-based design using FDS is also analyzed to determine the tenability advantages of providing fire sprinklers within the Library. Non-conforming conditions include, among others ...


Court House Project- Fire Protection Report, Ryan Rigsbee Mar 2013

Court House Project- Fire Protection Report, Ryan Rigsbee

Culminating Experience Project Reports in Fire Protection Engineering

This fire protection report intends to provide Fictitious Architects (The Client) with sufficient information about code requirements and best practices pertaining to occupant and building safety. The chapters within this report include specific design requirements to aid the client during the design of the Court House Project. The following recommendations have been prepared by Ryan Rigsbee to address all major building code requirements for life safety systems. These life safety systems include egress, fire alarm and signaling, water-based fire suppression, structural fire protection, smoke control, and an emergency management plan. This project details the requirements for a new courthouse containing ...