Bendable Argon Beam Laparoscopic Probe Redesign
ConMed’s Argon Beam Coagulation Probe uses ionized argon gas to cauterize tissues. Students successfully redesigned the probe to improve needle centering, needle stability, and design for manufacturing and assembly.
Industrial Inkjet Printer Hydration System Redesign
Students were tasked with improving the automated hydration system inside Ricoh printers and making improvements while reducing cost and component size and improving system installation. They were able design a new pump that increased flow rate while reducing the cost and size of the system with the end result of an 8% decrease in hardware cost and a 19% decrease in installation time. Final poster
Deadleg Temperature Prediction Modeling
Students were asked to determine regions of piping at high risk of corrosion in refineries. They numerically modeled the temperature distribution in various deadleg piping configurations and then experimentally validated these models. They also developed design curves to aid in deadleg pipe inspection with the potential to reduce inspection costs. Final poster
Portable, Manually Operated, Combined Wire Insulation Stripping and Termination Crimping Tool
Students are developing a fully functioning new prototype of a wire insulation stripping and termination crimping tool. The goal of the redesign is to reduce the current time this takes by 75% while improving the quality of wire terminations.
Micro Motion, Inc.
First-principles Liquid Density Characterization Device
Current fluid characterization meters achieve an accuracy of 0.2kg/m³, which does not achieve the traceability desired by customers. Students are designing, building, and testing a prototype density characterization device that can achieve 0.04kg/m³.
U.S. Department of Defense
Measuring Model Vehicle Dynamics Resulting from Soil Blast
This project will lead to improved design of protective measures for soldiers riding in vehicles subjected to explosives. Two teams of students are working to achieve this goal: one group is designing and testing scaled models of vehicles that can withstand blasts and measuring pressure distributions; the other group is designing and testing a mechanism to simulate the explosion and impact that the vehicle will experience.