Interdisciplinary Design Projects

Acoustic Delamination Detector

Team Members: Victor Moreno, Kevin Palmer and Tong Zhou (Electrical Engineering); Ahmed Alabdulwahed, Avery Jackson and Michael Moscaritolo (Mechanical Engineering); and Ian Schnepf (System Engineering)

Faculty Advisor: Joseph A. Levert, Ph.D., Bijan Karimi, Ph.D. and Laurence Levine

Industry Advisor: Eric Dieckman, Ph.D.

Goal: To design and build a system utilizing ultrasonic waves to detect defects on a shaft. The ultrasonic inspections will be conducted using two ultrasound transducers positioned at the ends of the sample, and programmed for automated motion in 360° rotations about the surface of the samples, with one transducer generating the ultrasound wave signals and the other collecting them. The collected signals will be reconstructed into a tomographic image which will highlight any structural flaws detected in the samples.

Acoustic Delamination Detector


Large-Scale 3-D Concrete Printer

Team Members: Andrew Chiovaro, Motab Alkhaldi and Nathan Hennig (Mechanical Engineering); Benjamin Mills (Computer Engineering); and Najeeb Alshubaili and Waleed Alharbi (Electrical Engineering)

Faculty Advisor: Joseph A. Levert, Ph.D., Bijan Karimi, Ph.D.

Industry Advisor: Mr. William Flynn

Goal: To build a 3-D printer that extrudes concrete within a 6’ x 6’ x 6’ volume using readily available materials. The 3-D Printer support structure should be easy to move, taken apart and put back together within reasonable time. A winch-cable system with 4 winches will be utilized to move the extruder around the printing space while the concrete is mixed and extruded without human aid. The intended accuracy of the extruders positioning will be 1 inch.

Large-Scale 3-D Concrete Printer



Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power (CCHP) Chiller Module

Team Members: Dylan Ritter, Samuel Magharious, and Micah Callwood (Mechanical Engineering); Alec Andrulat (System Engineering); Mohammed Alkhaldi (Chemical Engineering)

Faculty Advisor: Joseph A. Levert, Ph.D.

Industry Advisor: Michael Brookman SPONSOR: BRASH™ Engines, BRASH

Sponsor: BRASH™ Engines, BRASH technology, installed and serviced

Goal: To design an adsorption/absorption chiller module for the BRASH™ combined heating and power system (CHP). The module will use heat from the turbine outlet as its main source of energy. Dessicant/evaporative cooler and lithium bromide absorption systems are being evaluated to use the waste heat of the CHP system as an energy source for the chiller module. The new module will allow the CHP system to provide chilling capability in addition to the heat and power generated by the existing system. CHP Systems enable improved energy efficiency and lower cost for domestic use, and the chiller module will enable this energy efficiency to be captured year-round.

 Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power (CCHP) Chiller Module

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Aerosol Detector Apparatus

Team Members: Brianna Valente, Francois Rowe and Andrew Belanger (Mechanical Engineering); Ibrahim Alhossain (System Engineering); Firas Aldossary, Abdullah Almasoud, Saeed Alzahrani, and Lona Dansofo (Electrical Engineering); and Joseph Moore-Costa (Computer Engineering)

Faculty Advisor: Joseph A. Levert, Ph.D., Chong Qiu, Ph.D.

Sponsor: University of New Haven

Goal: To capture and measure airborne particles between 20 to 800 nm. The device should be capable of counting the number of particles with respect to size. Its major use is to study water affinity and thermostability of aerosol particles. A system schematic has been completed and a prototype with semi-automated contols will be built. The device will consist of three operating modes: (1) a CPC (Condensation Particle Counter), (2) a DMA (Differential Mobility Analyzer) to the CPC, and (3) a DMA1 to a Heating Process to the DMA2 to the CPC. This apparatus will enable advanced research to understand climate change and other aerosol related topics.

 Aerosol Detector Apparatus

Sargent Manufacturing Visual Aid System

Team Members: Connor Myatt, Juan Azaldegui (Mechanical Engineering); Ian Schnepf (System Engineering); and Brandon Knieriem (Computer Science)

Faculty Advisor: Ismail Orabi, Ph.D.

Industry Advisor: Walter Mori, Manufacturing Engineer

Sponsor: Sargent Manufacturing, the global leader in door opening solutions

Goal: To design and implement a modular assembly system for the Mortise lock assembly cell at Sargent Manufacturing to significantly reduce operator errors in the cell. The proposed system will make use of barcodes applied to the casings of the locks to link them to their respective model numbers. Operators will be able to scan the barcodes and green lights will guide them to the parts they are required to assemble for that model number. Operators will be notified if they reach for the incorrect part. The objective is to reduce the amount of scrap parts produced by the assembly cell.

Sargent Manufacturing Visual Aid System

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