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Design and Evaluation of a miniature Portable Emissions Measurement System (mini-PEMS)
Autonomous Lunar Landing Pad Site Preparation
Enhancing the Efficiency and Resilience of PV Systems at Northern Latitudes
Auris nanosatellite development Phase B
ERI: Harnessing Probilistic Deep Learning Method Integrated with Tailored Features for Enhanced Real-Time Machinery Fault Diagnosis Prognosis
Percussive Hot Cone Penetrometer (PHCP) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for Geotechnical and Volatiles Mapping
Reduced Cost and Complexity for Off-Highway Aftertreatment
Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (NASA SSERVI CAN)
Next-Generation Desiccant-Based Gas Clothes Dryer Systems
CAREER: System-on-Cloth: A Cloud Manufacturing Framework for Embroidered Wearable Electronics
Institute for Ultra-Strong Composite by Computational Design (US-COMP)
Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP)
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