Mechanical Engineering Projects
Goal: Design a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a new archives storage facility in Mumbai, India. The final HVAC system selection and design for the proposed building will address the following major design goals: low life-cycle cost, low environmental impact, comfort and health, creative high-performance green design, and synergy with the building’s architecture.
Student Team Members: Madeline Chiapperino, Daniella DiZenzo, Colin Perry, James Stanger
Advisers: Grant Crawford, Ryan Martin (ENCON), and Chris Parker (ENCON)
Client: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Goal: Design and build a single-seat recreational vehicle, intended for sale to off-roading enthusiasts. The vehicle must meet all Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) rules and be rugged, safe, easily transported, easily maintained, and fun to drive. Students will compete in competition evaluations such as technical inspection, cost, design, sales, acceleration, hill climb, specialty (rock crawl, suspension), and a four-hour endurance race. The primary goals for this first-year team are to pass inspection and to compete in and finish all events at the SAE Baja 2021 competition.
Student Team Members: Alexander Petrarca, Jeffrey Davis, Chase Briggs, and John Crawford
Advisor: Jose Riofrio
Client: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Automated Premade Bag and Board Assembly Device
Goal: Baseball Card World, Inc (BCW) is a hobby supplies company based in Anderson, Indiana. One of its highest-selling items is a comic book collectors’ bag, which consists of a stiff cardboard piece inserted into a thin polypropylene bag. The company sells about 1.3 million preassembled units each year, and currently the units are assembled by hand. The goal of this project is to design a system/device that rapidly inserts card stock into a variety of plastic comic book storage sleeves. The final design solution must have a throughput of 500 units per hour and be managed by a single employee.
Student Team Members: John Crawford, Kyle Freitas, Tyler Hall
Adviser: Grant Crawford and Jose Riofrio
Client: Baseball Card World, Inc (BCW)
Goal: Design a system that can launch balsa wood gliders with consistent speed and angle. The device must offer adjustable launch velocities within a specified range, adjustable launch angles, reset quickly, integrate with the bleachers in Burt Kahn court, afford fast set up and break down, and be easily transportable.
Student Team Members: Kamil Dembinski, Liam Forbes, Matthew Johnson
Advisers: John Reap
Client: Prof. Crawford, Coordinator, MER 387 – Intro to Applied Aerodynamics
Goal: Medtronic is a global medical device company. This project works directly with the engineers and technicians in their medical device testing laboratory. To effectively test new medical devices, this project seeks to: Design a test fixture that will allow Medtronic to increase their bi-axial tester capacity from 60 RPM to 1200 RPM. The fixturing should be designed for use with an Instron 5965 Test Frame with torsional add-on and BlueHill 3 testing software. The fixture must be able to move with the Instron crosshead. Weight and size should be considered.
Student Team Members: Michael Austin, Hunter Lotierzo, Simona Panno, Cameron Weber
Advisers: Mary Phillips, John Reap, Joseph Festa (Medtronic), Alex McGuigan (Medtronic) and Joshuah O'Brien (Medtronic)
Goal: Design a mobile walker to assist patients who have abnormality of motor control in addition to hemiparesis. This situation can come from a person who was born with cerebral palsy and then suffers a traumatic brain injury. Normal equipment on the market does not work well for these types of patients.
Student Team Members: Megan Gold, Anthony Leoce, Rae Mergenthaler
Advisers: Lynn Byers
Client: Prof. Lisa Kaplan