FALL 2017: EML 4905 - DESIGN ORGANIZATION
SDP – 1 Cardboard Payload Delivery Drone
- Michael Fleming
- Zeeko Johnstone
- Kishan Kalpoe
- Dr. Seyad Ebrahim Beladi
An unmanned aerial vehicle was designed to deliver payloads such as medicine or humanitarian aid to people in hard to reach areas. Sustainable design was considered by using mainly cardboard and wood for the components of the aircraft. A flying wing was selected as the configuration for the airframe, as it allows for the quickest and easiest assembly. After the a
irframe configuration was selected, aerodynamic analysis was performed to ensure aircraft performance and stability. Structural analysis was performed on the cardboard to ensure the airframe would not fold under the loads in flight. Since the main material was cardboard, the low cost of around 270 dollars allowed the team to perform multiple flight test and make improvements. Finally, a flight control system was used to allow for autonomous flight.
SDP – 2 EclipseSAT Balloon Missions
- Anthony Fernandez
- Kristen Kim
- Jesse Viera
- Dr.Pradeep Shinde
Through collaboration between Florida International University’s (FIU) Near Earth Explorer Club and NASA’s Florida Space Grant Consortium, the Eclipse Ballooning Missions team was able to successfully design, test, manufacture and deploy multiple CubeSat’s with the mission of acquiring data during the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse. The senior design project team conducted two weather balloon testing missions, alongside 50 other university teams nationwide. The first weather balloon mission was successfully deployed in the path of totality in South Carolina during the solar eclipse, while the second ballooning mission was conducted multiple days later in south Florida with the intention of acquiring differing data. In order to successfully acquire data during the solar eclipse, it was necessary to develop, test and manufacture multiple fully functional systems in a time period of two months. The development of multiple camera housings, a component specific internal structure, as well as the multiple external sensor structures aided in the successful ballooning mission carried out in South Carolina. Due to a combination of technical and logistical problems experienced during the Florida ballooning mission, the team was unsuccessful in retrieving the satellite and the data stored onboard was unrecoverable. The data presented in this report, as well as the multiple photos taken during flight, were gathered during the South Carolina mission.
SDP – 3 SkySat: Optimization of NEE CubeSAT
- Jesus Martinez
- Yandy Rodriguez
- Ramon Orge
- Dr. Ibrahim Tansel & Dr. Pradeep Shinde
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is currently sponsoring satellite contests for universities across the country hoping to inspire and motivate students across the country. Launching satellites with high altitude weather balloons has become a popular method of sending satellites to the edge of space. It has proven itself to be an efficient and relatively cheap method of launching satellites. With the Solar Eclipse occurring August 21s t , 2017 many universities are launching missions to send satellite up and capture data during this spectacular astronomical event. The NEESAT Eclipse Ballooning 2017 (NEB2017) project was carried out by a team of ambitious mechanical engineering students at Florida International University who set to the skies alongside the other 50 teams nationwide. The NEESAT team designed, manufactured, tested, and launched two satellites from two locations. The team also designed the satellite with FUNSAT competition parameters in mind, in order for it to be reused for that competition.
SDP – 4 RAPID: Response Aircraft for Precise International Drop
- Alexand Gibson
- Andrews Guadron
- Andrey Khlapov
- Dr. Seyad Ebrahim Beladi
It is difficult to deliver of payloads that are of substantial weight. Drones, and light autonomous vehicles can only handle 10-20 lbs maximum. Our project is set to handle up to 40lbs which is the hard limit for FAA regulations with the inclusion of the flight vehicle weight, though further development can easily handle higher weights if needed. The payloads that it can handle are both static and dynamics, droppable, payloads. For accurate delivery of the dynamics payloads, electronic equipment is used for telemetry and for vision while flight vehicle is in use. The design of the vehicle is a lifting body with a V-tail. This configuration was chosen for it efficiency and size to lifting capability. The materials are a mixture of carbon, aluminum, balsa, and lite-ply wood materials. This combination allows us to have the an extremely light platform, that is strong, durable, and inexpensive. The propulsion system is a .46 cu. in nitro 2-stroke engine with a 2 blade 10×6 propeller which will net our vehicle with 1.25hp and about 14lbs of thrust. The project is currently in the manufacturing phase, with the propulsion being tested and break-in completed, and the payloads being assembled. This will be updated as flight vehicle are completed, and the first flights are undergone.
SDP – 5 Snow Traction System
- Daniel Dubios
- Leannette Pio
- Ryan van der Eijk
- Dr. Benjamin Boesl
The purpose of this project was to design and manufacture an improved snow traction system. The motivation for this project arises from the need across different countries for a more practical snow traction system that’s easier to install, can provide the same amount of traction as the competition if not more. Additionally, today’s current snow traction systems have been known to deteriorate the roads surface. As such this new snow traction system will mitigates the damage done to the roads by introducing a new grouser pattern.
SDP – 6 Lake Water Condenser
- Hilario Hernandez
- Grecia Rodriguez
- Ernesto Batista
- Dr. Andres Tremante
According to EIA’s 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, annual electricity expenditures in Florida are 40% higher than the U.S. average and more than a quarter of the energy consumed in Florida homes is for air conditioning. By using lake water instead of air to cool the refrigerant gas leaving the air conditioning compressor this work will make air conditioning more efficient, greener and provide a cost-effective alternative.
This work encompasses the design of a full scale 4-ton condenser replacement unit, water pumping system and a solar array with batteries to power it. A prototype 1/2 ton condenser replacement unit and water pumping system will first be designed and manufactured. Alternate designs for the heat exchanger will be investigated. The completed project will be tested in a South Florida residential home which will serve to validate this work.
Reducing the size of the unit will lower manufacturing and shipping costs. A manual will be written in English, Spanish, and French. Dimensions will be described in SI units and United States customary units. Using waters’ higher heat transfer capabilities will make the condenser smaller and likely decrease the amount refrigerant required for the unit. This along with the renewable power source will help reduce the environmental impact of these units.
SDP – 7 Multiple Still Solar Distiller
- Ann Kayana
- Blanchard Ross
- Engstrom Patrick Robinson
- Dr. Seyad Ebrahim Beladi
The aim of this project is to create an affordable water purification system for individuals and families in developing, equatorial countries. Many of the water purification procedures in these countries are expensive and energy intensive. This project is designed to be accessible for those in need and to be environmentally friendly. Utilizing the power of the sun to bring the temperature of unpurified water to the approximate boiling point, creating steam or water vapor. This steam or water vapor collects on a membrane and condenses to a collection point. The distillation process is like the natural water cycle of the world.
The global impact allows families in developing nations to have a sustainable source of clean drinking water without the need for electricity. There are no carbon emissions from the Solar Distiller and the carbon footprint of operations is zero. This is significantly lower than the industry standard of drilling wells or delivering water by truck.
Using economically viable and sustainable materials and manufacturing practices to prototype and test, this report shows that it is possible to meet the needs of millions of impoverished individuals around the globe. The Soar Distiller designed in this project produces clean, drinkable water at a rate of 3 liters a day under normal conditions. The unit meets all national and international standards for water treatment and containment, and can be produced at a competitive cost rivaling the industry standards.
SDP – 8 Nautical Emergency Desalination Device N.E.D.D.
- David Lara
- Andres Ramos
- James Ashe
- Dr. Andres Tremante
The objective of the Nautical Emergency Desalination Device (NEDD) is to provide a portable Reverse Osmosis device for emergency situations. It is a device that can assist victims of a disaster or search and rescue teams undergoing extensive searches. Under extreme conditions, the device can be used to desalinate seawater to provide sustainable drinking water to extend the survivability of men and women lost at sea or stranded along the coast. Furthermore, it will be able to provide enough water to sustain more than one person. The goal of the design is to obtain from 1 to 5 liters of clean drinking water per day. The actual amount of water that the device will make depends on the design, which has financial, ethical, and engineering constraints. Another constraint is the weight of the device, as it must be portable enough to carry around. In addition, the device will be simple to use so that any man or woman from any part of the world can operate the device under stressful circumstances. While the device will come with a multi-lingual manual, it is important to understand that someone must be able to handle the device even if the manual is not at hand. The device can integrate mechanical work to provide fresh water efficiently and easily, but at a financial cost and loss of portability. Therefore, the amount of power needed and the means to obtain the power are massive aspects of the design.
SDP – 9 Personal Solar Powered Vehicle
- Bryan Miyasato
- James Momperousse
- Abdulrahman Alsafeh
- Dr. Seyad Ebrahim Beladi
A solar powered vehicle is an ecofriendly product that provides a viable means of transportation for an average commuter. Most vehicles on the road utilize gas powered motors to provide the energy needed to produce motion. With a rising population and a diminishing source of fossil fuel, an alternative fuel source is desired. This reports aims to provide details on the design, methodology, analysis, and cost of a personal solar powered vehicle.
The solar powered automobile is going to be designed with the goal of performing as a neighborhood electric vehicle. The general concept will be to have it equipped with a solar panel, capable of relaying the generated electricity to the onboard batteries. The solar panel frame will have the ability to tilt, which would optimize the generation of electricity, depending on the user’s latitude. An electric DC motor energized by the charged batteries will generate the energy needed to provide motion. With the assistance of a transmission system, the vehicle will have the power needed for basic neighborhood transportation. The following report will guide the reader through the engineering process and reasoning behind the final presented design.
SDP – 10 Portable Solar-Wind Turbine
- Adam Sibiski
- Juan Aguilar
- Nelson Azcue
- Dr. Andres Tremante
Despite drastic improvements in technology over recent years, there are still many who live day to day with no access to this extensive form of energy. Electricity is a huge convenience that provides abundant advantages to individuals, communities, business, etc. Most of the current methods carried out to produce electricity are made possible using non-renewable resources such as coal burning power plants. Utilizing renewable forms of energy such as solar and wind not only reduces harmful environmental impact, but can also provide electricity to those without access to an electrical grid. A portable solar-wind turbine was designed with two concepts in mind: a survival model and a recreational model. The survival model will be used to provide lighting and heating to developing communities. The recreational model will provide a battery to charge various devices and a jump starter for a vehicle. The concept that was fabricated was the recreational model. This design was based on vertical wind turbine, as they can generate power with winds flowing from every direction. The solar panels were positioned such that they harvest energy from all directions. The battery used can store 14,000mAh at 12V and contains two USB ports, a light, and jumper cables. Structural analysis was performed to ensure reliability under forces created by the winds or misuse, and to ensure resistance to all weather conditions. Simulations of the design structure were performed using computer modeling before any physical tests are performed. Different blade designs were tested during the prototype phase to select the most efficient design. The final prototype is under 10 pounds and 24” in height. A full charge can be achieved in 8-14 hours depending on the winds and amount of sunlight. The product is expected to sell for 300-500 USD.
SDP – 11 Dual Energy Solar Collector
- Adrian Jarrin
- Jorge Gramcko
- Juan Bernabeu
- Dr. Andres Tremante
Humans are becoming aware that this planet needs saving from Global Warming; engineering students are hereby the new generation which will, in a near future develop solutions and clean energy consumption systems. Having said that, the motivation of this team is to create a clean and renewable energy powered future, starting by implementing it in our daily routines.
The city of Sweetwater has funded engineering major students to start a project starring the Sweetwater Public Trolley, and a lot of Clean Energy usage. With the help of advisor Andres Tremante, it was possible to create a Dual Energy Solar Collector, dual meaning two types of energy being harnessed; the energy from the sun’s photons, and the energy from the latter’s heat. The essence of the energy collector will be to heat a primary fluid from electromagnetic radiation from the sun, and from a secondary fluid which will be taken from the exhaust gas from a combustion chamber. This will be part of the energy source for an entire full-size trolley, and will power both the battery bank leading to the electric motor used to move the wheels, as well as the heat needed to bring refrigerants to a higher temperature for A/C purposes.
The prototype effectively delivered the parameters required to run the current owned absorption chiller. However, to be fully functional, the length of the pipeline as well as the mirrors must be extended to at least twice the build length.
SDP – 12 Propulsion System For FDOT Trolley
- Roger Bustamante
- Rodolfo Guerrero
- Kevin Martinez
- Dr. Andres Tremante
Climate of the world continues to change due to the mankind’s contribution to the greenhouse effect. This and the continued depletion of nonrenewable resources make it imperative for the need to have renewable uses of energy as a fuel source. The Florida department of transportation is looking to lower the transmission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by promoting battery powered trolleys. There have already been two contributions to this project which are a solar thermal collector system, and a solar heat powered air conditioner. Our project will focus on developing the propulsion system that can be integrated with the other two systems to work in conjunction with each other.
The propulsion system will consist of an electrical motor, batteries, and propane generator. This setup will allow the trolley to function while reducing the amount the of emissions a gas operated vehicle will produce. It will have a solar heat collector that will be attached to the roof that will be used to power the auxiliary systems of the trolley such as the AC unit. The trolley will be able to be charged before it uses and once its batteries have discharged a certain amount, the generator can be turned on to charge the batteries through the charge controller. The goal of the trolley is for it to operate as a low speed vehicle that can operate between the engineering center and main campus.
The global aspect in our propulsion system is it will be more environmentally friendly by only using solar heat and propane to power it instead of conventional gasoline operated vehicles.
SDP – 13 Micro Hydroelectric Power Plant
- Michael Carrillo
- Edward Gomez
- Maria Loreto
- Dr. Seyad Ebrahim Beladi
Energy is of great importance in developing countries for economic reasons and also for social development and human welfare. A convenient way for underdeveloped and developing countries to obtain energy is through renewable resources. Hydropower is a renewable source of energy, which is economical, non-polluting, and environmentally benign among all renewable sources of energy if created at a small scale. Nearly two-thirds of the possible hydropower market has not been tapped into. Many of the rural locations where the market fits in do not have a stable source of energy or do not even have energy. By creating a feasible design for a hydroelectric power plant, we will be able to supply rural communities with energy. The purpose of the project is to gather water from low head locations and with the help of the micro hydroelectric power plant, supply electricity to the rural community. With our penstock design and rectangular box, we are able to have a steady flow of water come in and out of our power plant. Using worst case coefficients for our turbine efficiency (0.5), generator efficiency (0.8), and head losses coefficient (0.75) gathered from past studies, we should be able to generate a maximum power of 2 kW. Testing is still to be done in order to prove if our analysis is correct.
FALL 2014: EML 4551 - DESIGN ORGANIZATION
EML 4905 – SENIOR DESIGN : FALL 2014
Team 1: In Situ Manufacturing of Ceramic and Embedded Silver Heat Exchanger,
Michael Abbott, Sasha Philius, Yonatan Rotenberg
Team 3: Solar Absorption Chiller,
Juan C Aristizabal, Adrian Felipe Gonzalez, Robert Martin, Mikail David Williams
Team 4: Inspection Vehicle for DOE Hanford Site Underground Channels,
Jennifer Arniella, Gabriela Iris Vazquez, Daniel Giraldo
Team 6: SAE Brazil Aerodesign Competition,
Andres Javier Cardenas, Nestor Amable Paz, Arjav Patel
Team 7: Multi‐Purpose Aerial Drone for Bridge Inspection and Fire Extinguishing,
Ramon Andres Cordero, Raquel Lauren Remington, Larry James March, Daniel Villanueva
Team 8: Pneumatic Pass-Thru Impact Wrench,
Luis Felipe De La Cruz, Milton Hidalgo Ceotto, Ryan Joseph Lucia
Team 9: FSAE 2015 Chassis and Suspension,
Alejandro Diaz, Osvaldo Adalberto Fernandez, Ricardo Giovanni Gonzalez, Christian J Ramos
Team 10: NanoLaunch Reaction Control System,
David Manuel Dominguez, Gianni Rafael Jimenez, Genesis Vasquez
Team 11: Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV): UW R.O.V.er,
Ryan Wright, Daniel Martinez, Edgar Charles English
Team 12: Florida Space Grant Consortium FUNSAT Design Competition,
Luis Alberto Fernandez, Giampiero Revelo, Henry Vazquez, Gonzalo Vivanco
Team 15: Biodiesel Pre-Treatment Station,
Harrison Sam Mejia, Rainer Rodriguez, Favyan Torres
SPRING 2014: EML 4551 - DESIGN ORGANIZATION
SPRING 2014: EML 4905 - SENIOR DESIGN
FALL 2013: EML 4551 - DESIGN ORGANIZATION
EML 4551 – DESIGN ORGANIZATION : FALL 2013
Last updated : Feb 17, 2014
FALL 2013: EML 4905 - SENIOR DESIGN
EML 4905 – SENIOR DESIGN : FALL 2013
Last updated : Feb 17, 2014
SPRING 2013 : Design Organization Teams
EML 4551 – DESIGN ORGANIZATION : SPRING 2013
SPRING 2013 - Senior Design Teams
EML 4905 – SENIOR DESIGN : SPRING 2013Team 1: Shell Eco Marathon
Bryand Acosta, Marco Tulio Betancourt, Fernando H Pinheiro
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 2: Carbon Fiberbody for SAE
Javier Enrique Gutierrez, Diego José Quintero, Nunez Angel
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 3: Solar Boat
Jose Luis Arraut, Domingo Antonio Malave, Sebastian Lopez, David Neer
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 4: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Josh Paul Bayliss, Francisco Bolanos, Richard Martinez
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 5: Design of Shock Loading and Recovery(AFRL)
Jorge Barrera, Devon Blake Barroso, Guillermo Fernandez Jr, Javier Seoane, Ernesto Andres Vallejo
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 6: Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar
Hector E Di Donata, Jean Paul Garbezza, Alejandro Infante, Ricardo David Lopez
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 7: In Situ Friction Analysis between Reinforced Fibers
Eduardo Escobar, Jean-Paul Arroyo-Vazquez
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 8: Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump System
Miguel Freire, Henry Guiterrez, Santiago Andres Paz
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 9: HySol Integrated Solid Hybrid Rocket Booster
Eduardo Miguel Gorrochotegui, Dennis John Moreno, Pedro Serrat
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 10: Dynamic Spoiler for SAE Formula Car
Brent Alexander Lougheed, Adrian Ortuno, Richard Pelaez
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 11: High Vacuum/High Temperature Furnace Design
Dariesky Linares, Christopher H Sequera
Report Poster Synopsis Video Team 12: Remote Inspection Device (ASME Competition)
Juan Sebastian Fajardo, Marybel Hernandez, Ryan Gammuac Manalo
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