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CTE Mechatronics 2023-2024
PREP Gaithersburg: Establishment of a NIST Gaithersburg PREP Program at Michigan Technological University
Continuous Process for Solvent-Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) for Plastic Wastes using Green Solvents
Power Electronics and Advanced Modeling and Control for Energy Systems
Electrification and climate resilience in the rural north: challenges and opportunities
CAREER: Collective Hydrodynamics of Robotic Swimmers and Surfers at High Reynolds Numbers
Collaborative Research: ISS: Revealing interfacial stability thermal transport and transient effects in film evaporation in microgravity
Solvent Targeted Recovery and Precipitation (STRAP) For Plastic Removal from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
Incorporating climate impacts into electricity system planning models:review and case study
Autonomous Lunar Landing Pad Site Preparation
Enhancing the Efficiency and Resilience of PV Systems at Northern Latitudes
ICM Optimization of Advanced Composite Components of the Aurora D8 Aircraft
Percussive Hot Cone Penetrometer (PHCP) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for Geotechnical and Volatiles Mapping
A Multiscale Multiphysics Computational Modeling and Experimental Study for Thermo-Oxidation in Polymers
Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (NASA SSERVI CAN)
APRA-E NEXTCAR Phase II - L4/L5 CAV Enabled Energy Reduction
Senior Design: Flywheel Balance Measurement System
Create a flywheel balance measurement process that yields improved performance versus currently available methods and equipment.
The current best industry practice for measuring the imbalance of flywheels produces results that are inconsistent and has insufficient sensitivity. Mercury has not been able to identify equipment that can demonstrate statistically acceptable results for Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R). It appears that the flywheel balancing process is not completely understood by suppliers currently providing balance measurement equipment.
This project will focus on identifying a methodology to measure the imbalance of a single mass marine flywheel within a set weight and diameter range. The design team on this project will initially research past and current methods of measuring imbalance initially starting with focusing on other rotating assemblies outside the current flywheel methods. Based on research results, the team will devise a concept for the measurement process, construct a prototype, and use the prototype to produce data demonstrating validity of the concept.
The existing methods for flywheel balance measurement are evolutionary and very similar to one another. These methods have demonstrated low repeatability and have low accuracy relative to some existing part tolerances. A new method will be developed with an alternative technology and not focusing on current practices.
• Design concept for a flywheel balance measurement system
• Prototype unit based on the design concept
• Data set demonstrating concept validation
Thermal Modeling of a Prototype Hybrid Electric Military HMMWV