Senior Design Projects Spring 2010

Tailings Slope Sustainment System

Tailings Slope Sustainment System

Team Members

Jim Boex, Tyler Bushelle, Dave Flessert, Jake Gatien, Brian Skauge, Nate Thomas, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Mike LaCourt

Sponsor

Cliffs Natural Resources

Project Overview

Cliffs Technology Group requires modifications to their tailings discharge system to increase the slope of the tailings beach during periods of low iron-ore production, which requires a higher volume of water to transport tailings to the basin. A system of multiple discharge spigots was developed to reduce the total water content of the tailings stream, resulting in a higher percentage of solids flow. With less water in the stream, the tailings settle out closer to the discharge point, increasing the slope of the beach, which produces many benefits to the optimized operation of the tailings basin.

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Portable Trap Thrower

Portable Trap Thrower

Team Members

Sam Handschke, Kevin Moran, Tim Olson, Ryan Szpara, and Ryan Ward, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Chris Passerello

Sponsor

Portage Lake Sportsmen’s Club

Project Overview

The team has designed a portable trap thrower that two club members can maneuver; has little to no downtime during any shooting session; survives the extreme weather conditions of the area; and can hold and launch two cases of birds to within a specified repeatability angle.

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Display Device

Display Device

Team Members

Eric Diehr, Matt Peterson, Genevieve Taylor, and Will Whipple, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. James DeClerck and Charles Van Karsen

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

Our team is designing a Rube Goldberg-type machine, to be displayed in the ME-EM entrance, that is visually interactive and displays concepts from the core mechanical engineering curriculum at Michigan Tech. The device will also include a computer screen to show readouts of various measurements that are made through the machine’s cycle. The device will primarily be used during campus tours and first-year engineering explorations.

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Weld Joint Design Optimization

Weld Joint Design Optimization

Team Members

Ken Gilkerson, Steven Horst, Cody Larson, Andrew Rames, Jacob Rynearson, and Brian Wichmann, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Greg Odegard

Sponsor

Bucyrus International

Project Overview

Bucyrus International Inc. manufactures draglines used in surface mining. The fatigue life of the welds that are currently being used on the front-end structure cannot accurately be predicted using conventional methods of fatigue class curves (AWS, IIW). Bucyrus desires a more accurate method of fatigue life prediction, and an improved method of testing weld joint designs.

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Expended Cartridge Brass Catcher

Expended Cartridge Brass Catcher

Team Members

Kathryn Hill, David Palmer, Phillip Schichtel, Jason Swanson, and Eric Wank, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. Chris Passerello and Nick Mastricola (graduate student)

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The project is a brass catcher for a Colt 1911- style pistol. There are many brass catchers on the market; this team’s goal is to make it cheaper (under $35), with a better sight picture and better pistol balance.

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Heat Rejection Optimization

Heat Rejection Optimization

Team Members

Josh Cassavoy, Justin Dillon, Joe Horn, Zach Johnson, Brad Mullins, and Danielle Supa, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. V. C. Rao Komaravolu

Sponsor

John Deere

Project Overview

In order for John Deere to meet 2014 Tier 4 emission regulations, a proposal is to increase exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). The design project involved integration of a new EGR system into an 8000 series tractor by designing packaging components and cooler geometries to fit the chassis. During design, a major concern was fitting the new low-temperature cooler into the current chassis. Major changes to the chassis were to be avoided, resulting in space and shape constraints for the new components. In addition, serviceability, durability, manufacturability, and cost served as constraints to meet John Deere standards.

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Paraglider Aerial Delivery System

Paraglider Aerial Delivery System

Team Members

Jacob Denison, Steve Lichon, Matt Petr, Ken Shiel, Justin Vanness, and Jerin Varghese, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. Chris Passerello and Dr. Gordon Parker

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The goal is to develop a device to remotely control the attitude of a small paraglider by actuating its lines while attached to a moving vehicle. The device will be used to obtain aerodynamic properties of the paraglider. The device will also be released from the truck to demonstrate its ability to steer the paraglider during free flight. The acquired data will be used by a Michigan Tech graduate student to develop an Autonomous Aerial Delivery System that will be deployed behind a moving boat.

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Portable Ergonomic Data Acquisition System

Portable Ergonomic Data Acquisition System

Team Members

Kyle Bowman, Bryan McDiarmid, Paul Pietrowicz, Matt Poppe, Aaron Tetzloff, and Brian Tousignant, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. John Beard

Sponsor

General Motors: Daniel Cohen—Human Vehicle Interaction

Project Overview

General Motors (GM) needs a portable, accurate, seat-comfort-testing device designed for a safe, one-person operation. The goal is to test seats in-vehicle in order to reduce set-up time of current testing procedures. The design needs to be capable of meeting GM’s specifications: apply and record a force from 4.5 to 950 Newtons; apply force at a rate from 50 to 200 mm/min, nominally at 150 mm/min; minimum travel of 100 mm; and minimum data resolution of 2 mm. The overall goal is to provide a working prototype that will meet all of GM’s specifications.

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Portable Oozeball Court

Portable Oozeball Court

Team Members

Brandon Armstrong, Zhoamin Dong, Cory Michalec, Brent Pelishek, and Justin Schaut, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. James DeClerck

Sponsor

Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF)

Project Overview

The Michigan Tech Student Foundation (MTSF) needs a portable mud volleyball court to play Oozeball, a game of volleyball played during Spring Fling. The need came about when the road construction that occurred during the summer of 2009 in front of the Walker building eliminated the spot where the courts were previously constructed. The project goal is to design and manufacture a portable oozeball court that can contain about a foot of mud and two regulation-size courts. The structure must also be easy to set up and remove.

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Reduced Iron Box Furnace

Reduced Iron Box Furnace

Team Members

Nathan Eyster, Brandon Fralick, Jim Hueter, Rochelle Prescott, and Charles Thomas, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Mike LaCourt

Sponsor

Cliffs Natural Resources

Project Overview

Cliffs Natural Resources needs a laboratory-sized box furnace to replicate and examine various aspects of iron ore processing. The test results can then be implemented on a full-scale basis to increase iron purity for different customers. The team will be making a box furnace for process testing.

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Visible Extrusion Process and Hollow Part Creation for IDM Lab

Visible Extrusion Process and Hollow Part Creation for IDM Lab

Team Members

Jeff Bladecki, Isaiah Cunningham, Kyle Domagalski, and James Pidgeon, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. Charles Margraves and Mike LaCourt

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

Students in the IDM lab do not have any way to see what happens inside the extrusion dies during the process. By being able to see inside the die set and extrusion material, students will be able to understand how the extrusion process works more effectively. By producing a hollow part, the students will be able to understand how a material can be split and rejoined inside of a die during the extrusion process.

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Air-Driven Moped

Air-Driven Moped

Team Members

Adam Bieber, Andrew Bomstad, Jared Recker, Joshua Schmidt, and Benjamin Vindedahl, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. James DeClerck and Nick Mastricola (graduate student)

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The main reasons for pursuing an air-driven moped is due to an increase in fuel costs, as well as emphasis and pressure on renewable energy sources. A major goal for the project is to have a working prototype driven primarily by air with a secondary option of pedal propulsion. Additional goals: similar drivable characteristics and functionality to a gas-powered moped: a target top speed of 20 mph; and a sleek, robust design with minimum monthly preventative maintenance.

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Enhancing the Ventilated Improved Pit Toilet

Enhancing the Ventilated Improved Pit Toilet

Team Members

Ashley Thode, Civil Engineering; Krissy Guzak, Cara Hanson, and Kim Landick, Environmental Engineering; Craig Gossen and Stephen Marek, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. David Watkins and Dr. Kurt Paterson, Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Dr. Donna Michalek, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Sponsor

EPA P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Student Design Competition for Sustainability

Project Overview

Students are improving the cost-effectiveness and health benefits of ventilated improved pit (VIP) toilets by optimizing air flow through the toilet superstructure, pit, and vent pipe for the purposes of vector and odor control. Further improvement of VIP toilets will promote sanitary practices and prevent human waste from contaminating water, food, and the natural environment.

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Bristle Design Optimization

Bristle Design Optimization

Team Members

Zak Cousineau, Glenn Erickson, Stuart Malnor, Ken McCabe, Aaron Sawyer, and Mandy Scott, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Bill Endres

Sponsor

M-B Companies Inc.

Project Overview

This project is to develop a concept that results in an increase in snow removal performance, which is quantified by tons of snow moved per hour at a given torque. This goal is to be met by modifying the bristle elements alone, using the existing broom core and power package. The MB Co. equipment is torque-limited, so the design must improve performance at the same level of torque.

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Hybrid Off-Road Wheelchair

Hybrid Off-Road Wheelchair

Team Members

Ryan Glaske, Dan Hudak, Chris Rinne, Sam Schneider, and Mason Wellman, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. Gregory Odegard and Dr. John Beard

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The objective is to design and build an automated hybrid power system for an existing electric allterrain wheelchair, which was designed specifically for the Tech Trails and will be used in Youth Programs. The new system will allow students to modify different settings in the power system and then evaluate the new performance.

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Powder Metallurgy

Powder Metallurgy

Team Members

Evan Giusti, Chris Lytie, Ian McChesney, Ryan McKay, and Jon Meeuwsen, Mechanical Engineering

Advisors

Dr. William Endres and Mike LaCourt

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The current MEEM 2500 powder metallurgy lab is very simplistic and fails to show the students the capabilities of this technology. The major goal for the team is to design a new die that will involve the students in the lab while maintaining their interest in what they are learning. The new design will incorporate an ejection system that eliminates the need for forced reloading. The part produced will be more unique and will show the possibilities of this technology, along with drawing more student interest.

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Gait Aid Device

Gait Aid Device

Team Members

Jennifer Diaz, Michael Freundl, Jake Haelfrisch, Kyle Jones and Scott Niemi, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. John Beard

Sponsor

Iraq War Veteran

Project Overview

The sponsor, an Iraq War Veteran, has suffered an injury that has left him with the need for a Gait Aid Device (GAD) to stabilize his ankle laterally while allowing plantarflexion and dorsiflexion. He is unable to walk long distances or on uneven terrain. Currently he uses a cane for assistance while walking, but the GAD will allow for unassisted movement. Braces on the market today lack stability and longevity, which are two critical design elements. The goal of the project is to produce a working prototype for the sponsor to use as a longterm solution to the problem.

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REL Gas Gun Optimization

REL Gas Gun Optimization

Team Members

Kevin Crass, Berek Kohl-Kopchinski, John Moyer, Cory Padilla, and Mark Shepherd, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. V.C. Rao Komaravolu

Sponsor

REL Inc. of Calumet, Michigan

Project Overview

Lab ballistic testing uses a device that can accelerate projectiles to high speeds. A gas gun (which uses only single-stage gas compression) is desired in many applications. This project aims to maximize the velocity obtained using this type of propulsion. This initiative is based on a maximum attainable pressure in commercially available gas cylinders to ensure safety of users and the facility. Objectives include modeling of the fluid flow, optimizing flow geometry, and prototype testing.

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Biodegradable Clay Pigeon

Biodegradable Clay Pigeon

Team Members

Simon Dezelski, Robert Gisch, Tyler Hendrickson, and Graig Vansickle, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. Charles Margraves

Sponsor

Portage Lake Sportsmen’s Club

Project Overview

The Portage Lake Sportsmen’s Club would like a low environmental impact clay pigeon for use in trap and skeet shooting. The major goals of this project are to maintain American Standard Pigeon specifications while allowing the design to break with minimum shot contact (1-3 pellets) of No. 7 or No. 8 shot. The pigeon must also follow a standard flight trajectory after launch from a conventional swing arm trap. Design of this pigeon has involved an in-depth material selection process, calculation of loads applied to the clay during launch, and FEA analysis of the clay body for this loading.

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OpensAll Automatic Can and Jar Opening Device

OpensAll Automatic Can and Jar Opening Device

Team Members

William Donovan, Jonathan Hoyer, Tyler LeRoy, Adrian Simula, and Lisa Staelhin, Mechanical Engineering

Advisor

Dr. V. C. Rao Komaravolu and Thomas Wesa

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

The goal is to design and produce an appliance that can automatically open household jars and cans with minimal user input, specifically targeted towards consumers with limited strength and dexterity in their hands. The concept focuses on minimal size, safety, easy-to-use automatic operation, and adaptability to a wide range of container sizes and types. Additional considerations are given to cost of production, simplicity of design, durability, and the ability of the product to be easily cleaned.

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Model Gas Turbine Combustor: Development and Current Research

Model Gas Turbine Combustor: Development and Current Research

Student Researcher

Andrew Ramsey

Advisor

Dr. Seong-Young Lee

Sponsor

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Project Overview

This project outlines the development and current research of the model gas turbine combustor (MGTC) utilized in the Combustion Sciences Exploration Lab in the ME-EM department. The MGTC is currently used to investigate combustion instabilities in low-emissions gas turbine engines.

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Transverse Mechanical Properties of Human Lateral Meniscal Attachments

Transverse Mechanical Properties of Human Lateral Meniscal Attachments

Student Researcher

John T. Moyer

Advisor

Dr. Tammy Haut Donahue

Sponsor

National Institutes of Health

Project Overview

The human knee joint bends during any dynamic activity, during which the ligaments and menisci provide joint stability. In the knee meniscus, collagen fibers are aligned specifically to assist with different loading conditions. The human menisci are firmly attached to the tibia by means of ligamentous structures known as meniscal attachments. The load is primarily transferred to the insertion sites which are designed to reduce the stress concentrations caused by the load transfer. The objective of this study is to quantify and compare the mechanical properties of the human meniscal attachment along its transverse direction while in tension.

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