Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project Final Presentations

On Wednesday, Dec. 9th, the mechanical engineering senior design project final presentations will be made in Room E250 beginning at 4:00 pm. Presentations will include:

1) Spike Brewing
Students: Ryan Bonfiglio and Steven Keller

Objective: Design a temperature controlled unit that would cool and maintain a fermenter constant temperature. The wort (beer) initially would be at about 70F that would need to be brought down to 40F and held at that temp for up to a month. We have looked into thermoelectric as well as compressed refrigeration systems. We are looking for a modular design that we can use with different sizes fermenters as well as the possibility to sell as a stand-alone unit for competitor’s fermenters.

2) Custom Wire Technologies
Students: Christopher Boldig, Benjamin Rachow, Sullivan Dee, and Tim Hallett

Objective: To create a machine which can effectively reduce the operator input to grind radii on to tips on wires produced for orthopedic applications. This can be achieved by reducing overall cycle time between parts and producing repeatable, consistent results. This process is currently performed manually and we find the radii are never the same, so quality and consistency is hard to maintain. Another issue we face is the overall length of the wire can be out of spec because too much material is taken off during the process to make the radius tips.

3) Solar Pathfinder Enhancement
Students: Alexander Wiklin, Dung Pham, and Wookkun Kwon

Objective: Solar site assessors use something (solar pathfinder) to plot the available sunlight at a site. It’s a dome shaped device and they have to manually sketch the reflection on a grid. These have to be done on rooftops and are very awkward and dangerous. This could be attached to quad copter with a digital camera and GPS to take all of the readings. Milwaukee Shines has these solar pathfinders for rent.

4) InSinkErator Project #1 – Water Product System Integration
Students: Matthew Roeber, Justin Bottoni, and William Merschdorf

Objective: Using readily available parts integrate an “all-in-one” automatically controlled system to access various functions from a faucet. n functions will be specified at a later date and can/will include chilled water, near boiling water, carbonated water, temperature mixed water, etc. Design or implement mechanical control hardware. Use a digital controller (LabView implementation preferred) to control it. Consideration of aesthetic design aspects (system housing, etc) is desirable.

5) InSinkErator Project #2: Continuous Food Loading Device
Students: Connor Sorenson, Matthew Juranitch, and Dominic Uzzi

Objective: Provide an electromechanical system design that can feed various food loads, regulated by type, mass, and volume, into the disposer. Implementation using LabView software is desirable. Integration to a total system which can turn on the water and food waste disposer is desirable. Capability to have several food loads in queue highly desirable. Students will be expected to meet on-site at InSinkErator early on in project timeline in order to understand the working environment of the proposed test system. Students will be required to sign confidentiality agreement.

6) Impact Absorbing Sports Helmet Test Apparatus
Students: Alex Christel and Kenan Tautges

Objective: Design, construct, instrument, and test a small test apparatus to subject to measure impact loading of various helmets. It must be able to produce variable impact loads and the resulting impact forces, decelerations and jerk (rate of change of acceleration) are to be measured electronically with a suitable computer data acquisition system (accelerometers and LabView data acquisition equipment is available for this project). Students are to test various impact absorbing materials and compare the results.

7) Milwaukee Electric Tool – Cordless Paint Sprayer
Students: Daniel Dahlgren, Joseph Graham, and Kyle Krause

Objective: Design, construct, and test a prototype battery powered cordless paint sprayer. It must have has at least 30 minutes of continuous spraying time using the METCO M12 battery. Power requirements can be estimated by measuring the power requirements of existing small corded paint sprayers. It must be low cost and it must be sturdy to function in a work environment,

8) Fluid Sampling Valve Cleaning Apparatus
Students: Alexander Chollet and Tasha Funk

Objective: Design a portable CIP (clean-in-place) system to clean through a specialty sample valve to ensure no cross-contamination of samples with existing residue. System must be portable, allowing the user the ability to take it to the point-of-use sample valve for cleaning. It must be able to use two cleaning solutions, have the ability to heat either/or one or both of the solutions and deliver the solutions to the sample point in a recirculation loop.

9) Structural Analysis of Vehicle Dynamics
Students: Matt Podella, Andrew Bartel ,and Alejandro Arce

Objective: Design and implement a portable data acquisition system to analyze frame and wheel loading on the UWM SAE student Baja race car. The results are to be used to optimize the vehicle’s design. Students must carry out an FEA on the existing frame, then, based on the FEA results, install appropriate strain gages and implement a data acquisition system to carry our road tests.