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Past Projects

Use the table below to take a look at some of the past design projects completed by students in the Tickle College of Engineering.

Project TitleProject SponsorTeam NameProject DescriptionAcademic DepartmentFaculty AdvisorsStudents
TollyMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTollyDevelop a 3D-printed, cost-effective, bionic prosthetic for below the elbow amputees. Tolly is currently designed specifically for a biomedical engineering student at the University of Tennessee.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceChad DutyMakenzie Swicegood, Alex Weber, Gabriela Sabin, Justin Stephens, Emily Weeden, Brian Friend, Ben Chesney, and Zac Cole
EECS Lab Tour RobotMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 6Develop a robot that is capable of autonomous navigation. The robot is required to navigate the third and fourth floors of the Min Kao building. The robot shall also visit and talk about labs on the way.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceMark Dean and Amir SadovnikTyler Small, Samuel Leonard, Sai Manikonda, Hunter Kelley, William Prickett, and Alexander Booher
Stormwater Infiltration EnhancementDepartment of Biosystems Engineering and Soil ScienceStormwater Infiltration TeamDevelop a device that increases infiltration through compacted soils, such as those found in failed rain gardens or recent construction sites. The device uses compressed air to propel a mixture of water and biochar into the ground to induce fracturing of the soil.Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil SciencesJohn Tyner and Andrew SherfyMatthew Johnsen, Christian Patterson, James Lewis, and Ryan Watson
Knox-Blount County Light RailTransit Alliance of East TennesseeJADE EngineeringDevelop a light rail system connecting Knox and Blount County. Evaluating existing rail line and identify station locations along the intended route.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJenny Retherford and Chris CherryEmily Egan, Austin Hunt, and Jonathan Morse
Affordable MicrobotsMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 12: Boat ShantiesDesign small robots capable of communication and movement for the purpose of studying swarm dynamics. Refine the design to make these microbots accessible in large quantities to small programs and high schools.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceBruce MacLennan and David IcoveBennett Waddell, Jacob Rutherford, Will Lifferth, Micah Perry, Hayden Coffey, Thomas Beard, and Ellis Critchlow
EcoCAR Mobility ChallengeMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceEcoCAR Mobility Challenge CAVs TeamOur team is in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge as the CAVs team (Connective and Automated Vehicles). Our team specifically is tasked with making the EcoCAR have level 2 autonomous capabilities.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceHairong Qi and David IrickStephanie Kreutz, Matt Anderson, fareed rafipour, MacKenzie Goff, Casey Lemon, and zach randall
Design of a Solar-Powered, Non-Thermal Plasma Device for Microbial DisinfectionDepartment of Biosystems Engineering and Soil ScienceNon-Thermal Plasma TeamDevelop a water disinfection device for off-grid use in remote areas. Portability, effectiveness, and cost are key factors of design. The design utilizes plasma generation of ozone to kill microbes.Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil SciencesPhilip Ye and David SmithLuke Martin, Calvin Conn, Jordan Brewer, and Cabot Anderson
TixZr(1-x)N Thin Films for Advanced Plasmonic MaterialsJIAMMSE Project Group 3The goal of this project is to utilize combinatorial reactive thin film sputtering to create a TixZr(1-x)N thin film for the application of advanced plasmonic materials. This will be accomplished by characterizing the as-deposited composition, nanostructure, and optical properties of a TiN and ZrN binary and TixZr(1-x)N ternary ceramic films.Department of Materials Science & EngineeringPhilip Rack and Jason FowlkesSusan Schickling, Codi Ferree, Andre Hillsman, Amy Godfrey, and Hannah Robinson
Medium Scale Sour Water Treatment ProcessDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringSWT ProcessDevelop a sour water treatment process that removes contaminants from sour water to reach a specific purity. Compare the conventional method using air stripping to an innovative process using steam stripping.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar Raghavan and John GuoKristen McGhee, Erin Essington, Andrew Street, and Neel Patel
Large Scale Iron Nano-particle ProductionDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringLarge Scale Iron Nano-particle ProductionThe objective of the project is to develop a preliminary process design package for the production 500 kg/year of magnetic iron nano-particles which are the key material for various applications including the drug delivery, imaging, etc. Iron nano-particles are active metal powders at a scale of less than one hundred nanometers.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar Raghavan and John Zhanhu GuoBryson Nash, Zachary Larson, Joseph Arnold, Ethan Moore, and Nicolas Axon
Baker Creek Preserve Springhouse RestorationLegacy ParksLegacy Engineering DesignsDesign a restoration and improvement of the ruins of a historic springhouse located within the Baker Creek Preserve. The restoration reduces sediment and pollutant loading in Baker Creek downstream of the site through the construction of a stormwater catchment system and the diversion of springwater.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer Retherford and Jon HathawayMatthew Howard, Charlie Cianciolo, and Laura Ferrer
Rapid Autonomous Pneumatic Transport SystemElectric Power Research InstituteSample Transport PneumaticsDesign a air-driven sample transport system that can deliver material samples into the fast neutron source core, transfer them to a detector for analysis, and then dispose of them, autonomously.Department of Nuclear EngineeringWes Hines and Larry SharpeEmily Hutchins, John Taylor, Xena McDonald, Jacob Melton, Elijah Davis, and Robert Bohn
Pratt & Whitney Centering Spring Redesign using Selective Laser SinteringPratt & WhitneyPratt & Whitney Senior Design TeamAchieve a 10% weight and production cost reduction for 700 annual units when compared to the current traditionally manufactured part, utilizing Ti-6Al-4V powder in a selective laser sintering additive manufacturing system.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringChad Duty and Larry SharpeMatt Cum, Allan Coste, Nathan Bingham, Marcus Brooks, and Grayson Hawkins
Axial Flux Mapping of a Subcritical Reactor AssemblyDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringFlux MappingDesign and construct a robotic arm that drops a BF3 detector into a subcritical nuclear reactor. The robotic arm will move with 3 degrees of freedom in the x, y, and z directions. The purpose of this project is to use the detector to measure the neutron flux in various locations of the reactor.Department of Nuclear EngineeringLaurence Miller and Larry SharpeGarrett Robert Henson Montgomery, and John Charles Terosky IV
Clayton Windows Senior DesignClayton WIndowsUTK Clayton WIndowsThe project objective given by the Clayton Windows Crossville facility was to increase the facility's production of windows from 1,800 a day to 2,000 without increasing the current workforce population. This objective was approached by conducting time studies one of the two lines in the facility, calculating an acceptable takt time, and redesigning process distribution among the operation team to create line balance and minimized batch sizes. From this, a standard line format was created as an example for both shifts in operation.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringFloyd Ostrowski and Laura O'ShaughnessyRyan Glintenkamp, Mark Randolph, Isaiah Minter, and Hassan Alhumood
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Emergency Department Process ImprovementFort Sanders Regional Medical CenterFort Sanders Regional Medical Center TeamEvaluate the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Emergency Department process flow to standardize and reduce the time for patient discharge as well as room turnover procedures, in order to decrease patient length of stay and improve patient experience.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringFloyd Ostrowski and Laura O'ShaughnessyMaddie Allison, Joey Reilman, Lucy Hayes, and Skylar East
Tertiary Safety System for Spent Fuel Pool CoolingDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringSpent Fuel Pool Cooling TeamWe will be using thermoelectric generators (TEGs) in the nuclear spent fuel pool to provide electricity to the water circulation pumps in the event that off-site power and backup diesel generators are lost (similar to the situation at Fukushima). TEGs use a temperature difference between two sides of the plates to induce a current flow and thus create electricity. The water circulation pumps in the spent fuel pool are vital to keeping the water surrounding the spent fuel cool in order to prevent boiling; boiling in the spent fuel pool would cause the fuel to be uncovered and would allow the release of radiation.Department of Nuclear EngineeringMartin Grossbeck and Laurence F. MillerAmanda Bachmann, Drew Shayotovich, Taylor Adams, Jonathan Farmer, Jillian Newmyer, Trina Garrett, and Essa Altalalah
Inventory Management System at T&T ScientificT&T ScientificT&T ScientificEngineer a new inventory management system for T&T Scientific, a Knoxville-based startup company in the biomedical technology industry. Coordinate the implementation of a new inventory replenishment system, storage methods, and standardized work practices.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringFloyd Ostrowski and Lee MartinWesley Smith, Megan Reding, and Emily Lynch
ORNL Non-Magnetic FoundationOak Ridge National LaboratoryFASA EngineeringDesign a Non-Magnetic Foundation for a new research facility intended to further study the measurement of the neutron's dipole moment. The experiment aims to uncover the reason why matter exists in the universe. The foundation will use different non-magnetic reinforcing materials to minimize any magnetic interference on the experimental equipment.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer Retherford and Mark DenavitSalvador Morales, Annie Diegel, Forrest Wright, and Austin Williams
System with Computer Aided Vision for Explosive Neutralization and Ground ReconnaissanceDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringEECS Team 20: SCAVENGrDevelop a deployable sensor hub that can be outfitted onto a drone and will be able to take and send pictures, along with altitude and GPS data to a ground station application, where the data will be processed to determine if there are any disturbed earth signaturesMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceHoward Hall and Matt CookKelsey Kelley, Adam Foshie, Josh Storie, Kerwin Chu, and Isaac Stone
VocaCoordDepartment of Audiology and Speech PathologyTeam VocaCoordVocaCoord is a tablet and web application that uses speech-to-text technology to aid hearing and learning disabled children in the classroom. It detects keywords spoken by teachers and displays them on students' tablets along with a picture and definition of the word.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceJillian McCarthy and Michael BerryCharles Rizzo, Jerry Duncan, Austin Saporito, Preston Provins, Ryan Flint, and Jared Burris
ORACLE: Mars Aerial SurveyorDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringCoder's RotorsDevelop an aerial drone for the purpose of creating 3-dimensional topographic maps of the martian surface. The drone must be able to operate multiple flights to collect the needed data and be able to work in tandem with a rover to transmit the data back to Earth for processing. Software will be used to convert the video data into 3-dimensional topographic maps.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJames Coder and Robert BondMichelle Mcnamara, Tanner Justice, Jeff Zajkowski, John Thress, and David Kight
"Dry Cask Storage Monitoring Automation"Southern CompanyCask Monitoring System TeamDevelop a plan for the automation of dry cask storage monitoring by exploring alternative methods to human inspection with the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Currently, dry cask storage monitoring is done manually by humans, which results in exposures to radiation. A plan for automated inspection is desired in order to save maintenance personnel time and dose.Department of Nuclear EngineeringLaurence Miller and Steven SkutnikEthan Asano, Justin Kramer, Abena Otchere-Boateng, Jared Abrams, and Lucas Gilbert
Deployment of Strain Gauges for In-situ and Permanent Monitoring of Pressure ExperimentsOak Ridge National LaboratoryMSE Project Team 4Pressure cells are a common tool in applying extreme conditions to a test sample though offer no real-time measurement of the pressure applied. Strain gauges allow a method of calculating stress on a material via electrical resistance as a product of strain. Provided the correct selection criteria, strain gauges can measure down to the micro scale and withstand cryogenic temperatures. The proposed project will select a set of gauges and a corresponding adhesive that will be used to compose an active feedback system. This system will be assembled into a bridge circuit and utilize the Control System Studios (CSS) computer interface as a means of communication. The finalized product aims to measure the forces of cryogenically exposed pressure cells as they are in the ORNL spallation neutron source. Department of Materials Science & EngineeringClaudia Rawn and Veerle M. KeppensAlyssa Lindsey, Andrew Howell, Austin Henson, Cody Knight, Emma Berry, and Samantha Trimble
Medium bromine recoveryDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringMedium bromine recoveryRecovery of bromine on a medium scale from brine aqueous waste.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar Raghavan and Zhanhu GuoTyer Burnett, Chase Falcon, Timothy Quayle, and Charles Workman
Bromine Recovery (Small Scale)Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering#CBE 490 - Group 9Design a technical and economical process for recovering Bromine from industrial wastewater in considerations to safety as well as environmental impacts. The required target is 80% recovery from 500 ppm of Bromine contained in the wastewater feed.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar Raghavan and Zhanhu GuoAustin Kearney, Hannah Landau, Delaney Fields, and Thach Nguyen
AIAA Design/Build/Fly CompetitionDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringUTK Design/Build/Fly TeamDesign and build a remote controlled aircraft capable of simulating aircraft carrier operations. The aircraft must have reconnaissance and attack capabilities realized through a rotating radome and deployable stores. Moreover, it must automatically unfold from a stowed to a flight configuration and must be capable of a short takeoff.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringRobert BondDaniel Epperson, Deion Rivers, Willie Parker, Michael Moore, Austin Richardson, Christopher Violet, and Tyler Thompson
Matrix-Based Hybrid Rocket Engine DevelopmentDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringThe RocketeersExperiment with various 3-D printed, powder-filled fuel matrix designs and materials to overcome the general slow burn rate typical of hybrid rocket engines and thus increase regression rate thereby increasing specific impulse and characteristic velocity.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringEvans LyneTeague Aarant, Timothy Grizzel, Angus Shaw, Seth Holladay, William Putthoff, Jared Bass, and Matthew Mcvey
Radiation Field MappingSouthern NuclearRFMTo investigate the use of and make recommendations for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)/radiation detection system for the purpose of plume tracking in the event of an actual or potential radiological release to the environment.Department of Nuclear EngineeringMatt CookBryn Davies, Louise Langevin, Connor Myers, Jeff Walsh, Lorraine Ilia, and Billy Lynch
Develop Standard Operating Procedures for Full Electronic Records IntegrationInterFaith Health ClinicInterFaith Senior Design TeamAchieve full electronic record integration at InterFaith Health clinic by creating Standard Operating Procedures for volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses. These Standard Operating Procedures must be easily understood and implemented to ensure quality care and records for all patients.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringFloyd OstrowskiEmily Diehl, Clark Legac, Payton Garland, Joshua Presnell, Emily Glenn, and Corrine Terhune
ICS Machine Safety SwitchInnovation and Collaboration StudioTeam Hat (Team 9)The New Engineering Complex is planned to have a large makerspace with several dangerous machines that could endanger students who do not know how to use them. To prevent this, the ICS director has commissioned a device that will authenticate a user using Volcards and permit access if the person is recorded in a database as having been trained.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveMichael Foust, Matthew Hoffman, Michaela Shoffner, Jonathan Redington, Jonathan Bueckman, and Feng Li
CubeSatMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 15Develop a working prototype of a CubeSat and a FlatSat to simulate and demonstrate working technology related to relaying and transmitting data. We will be implementing different ideas, as well as attempting to revolutionize technology already used.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveBen Hawkins, Michael Kang, Viktor Zenkov, Noah Branch, Mason Piper, and Joohyuk Leem
Oak Ridge National Laboratory CASLNE - Reactor DesignIn the modern era, energy markets require nuclear plants to be more flexible. Small modular reactors step up to this challenge by offering a reactor design that is quicker to build, more cost efficient, and scalable. This team aims to design and optimize a core loading pattern for one such reactor designed by NuScale.Department of Nuclear EngineeringIvan MaldonadoKalie Knecht, Andrew Naylor, Michael Hines, Logan Clowers, Maddie Burrell, and Molly Underwood
Determining the Effect of a Humid Environment on Cable AgingAnalysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS)Cable AgingCable aging is a costly problem occuring in industry and there is still much unknown about how it occurs. Environments with high amounts of humidity, such as those of light water nuclear reactors, are of particular interest due to complications added by the presence of water. These cables are exposed to harsh environmental conditions and elevated temperatures for decades, and cable embrittlement or failure can lead to dangerous and costly consequences. To provide a better understanding for the mechanisms behind cable aging, embrittlement, and other environmental failures, cable insulation made from cross-linked polyethylene (XLP) and ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) were examined. These insulative polymers will be exposed to high and low humidities at elevated temperatures to simulate light water nuclear reactor environments. Samples of new cable insulation were artificially aged in a tube furnace with water vapor to simulate humid environments. Virgin, service simulated, and service exposed samples were analyzed by DSC, TGA, Dielectric testing, FTIR, and Raman spectroscopy. The data gathered from these tests will be compared and contrasted in order to provide a better understanding of how aging occurs and give a ballpark estimate for cable life.Department of Materials Science & EngineeringKurt SickafusMax Neveau, Cameron Hale, Ethan Blount, Darby Ker, Jeremiah Petty, and Noah Schaftlein
MSR-ORNLOak Ridge National LaboratoryMSR-ORNLDesign a natural circulation molten salt research reactor. The design includes thermal hydraulics, neutronics, shielding, instrumentation and control, and materials. The reactor will be used to help further research and development on molten salt reactors, since data on them is scarce.Department of Nuclear EngineeringLaurence MillerThomas Quirin, Patrick Huston, Hayden Sutton, Jacob Mckesson, Josh Nash, and Parth Patel
Fitness Breath AnalyzerMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 19Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceJie WuWilliam Lowe, Rojae Johnson, Deven Hills, Grayson Kirk, Matt Kramer, and Rhett Sexton
Vaccine DeliveryDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringVaccine DeliveryDesign a portable refrigeration system to deliver vaccines to remote locations. The system must be self sufficient and be operable by anyone. A hand crank compressor is used in a vapor refrigeration system.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringDoug AaronNoah Johnson, Justin Garner, Courtney Cartwright, Trenton Yount, Georgiana Blue, and Ryan Litchfield
Spaceport America CupImperia AerospaceUTK Rocketry TeamDevelop a hybrid rocket motor capable of launching an experimental payload 10,000 feet into the air to collect microbial samples from the upper atmosphere. The motor will utilize a matrix fuel grain designed at UT Knoxville and will employ a vortex injector and combustion and dissociation catalysts to improve fuel regression rate.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringEvans LyneBenjamin Barnhill, Sean Darling, Robert Nickel, Austin Springer, Adam Todd, and Stewart Whaley
Wireless Seismic ModuleWireless Seismic ModuleThe Wireless Seismic Module (WSM) is a relatively small device that aims to provide a new and adaptable mechanism that will allow the seismic data obtained from the in-device geophones to be transferred and accessed wirelessly. Wireless transmission of this data will not only make the device more accessible and easier to use, but also broaden the scope of projects in which seismic activity could be incorporated. Collected data will be sent via 4G cellular connection to a server for storage, manipulation, alerts and visualization. This will allow any user to view all collected data in near real time.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveDylan Salmons, Isacc Ige, Frankie Betancourt, Aaron Garringer, Liam Wingerd, and Zack Strickland
Dissolved Oxygen Sensing for Wastewater ManagementEastman Chemical CompanyDOERSDevelop an automated data logging system to measure and record dissolved oxygen levels in waste water from Eastman Chemical Company. The system will traverse a water basin to collect the data.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew YoungYuvraj Sriram, Cory Hensley, Darren Foster, Ian Cannon, and Aaron Mcculler
Trans-Neptunium Orbit DeterminationsDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringTNO VI; Delta VEGA EditionDevelop potential trajectories and mission opportunities for objects past Neptune's orbit. This process minimized the mass requirements of engine burns to achieve the desired trajectories and analyzed the radiation experienced by the spacecraft on the trajectory.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJames Evans LyneZackery Crum, Daniel Johnson, Samuel Walters, Garrett Mitchell, and Adam Dalton
Fitted Heater ProjectUT Medical CenterFire FiveDesign a fitted heater blanket to treat hypothermic patients in the emergency room. The design is to have multiple removable partitions in order to allow select access to the patient without removing the entire heating device.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeff ReinboltBecka Klein, Ashley Drake, Courtney Nakamura, Mitchell Stockinger, and Ahmad Alharithy
Extraction of Thorium Oxide and Rare Earth Elements from Monazite OreDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringCBE 488 Group 1Develop a process for the acid leaching of monazite ore in order to extract and separate thorium oxide, as well as profitable rare earth elements. Estimate the cost of such a process and perform a profitability analysis.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceMakalee Ruch, Molly Landon, Chloe Frame, Ralph Laurel, and Annabelle Li
Bioburden Precleaning DeviceUT Medical CenterTechnical Biomedical DesignersDesign a device that can remove bioburden (blood, tissue, and bone fragments) from orthopedic tools before it dries. Device must be suitable for use in operating rooms and be easy for nurses to use during and after surgeries.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeff ReinboltMegan Pitz, Katherine Stiles, Kayla Franklin, Simran Dayal, and Austin Bullock
Athen's Public Works BuildingCity of AthensHONLY EngineeringDevelop a Civil/Site plan for the City of Athens' new Public Works Building. This project contains elements of structural design, geotechnical analysis, and construction viability.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer RetherfordJosh Oakes, Josh Yoakum, Jona Ligon, Conner Naffziger, and Ben Huskey
Torch-mounted Automated Wire Cutter for Large Scale Metal Additive ManufacturingOak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration FacilityTorch-mounted Automated Wire Cutter for Large Scale Metal Additive ManufacturingAt the MDF, the welding torch for a 3D metal printer has to cut wire after every weld it makes. This severely increases print time since it has to go to a special station to cut the wire. Our task is to make cutting the wire faster by mounting it to the head of the torch.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringBill HamelSteven Patrick, Matt Montgomery, Erfan Zahraei, Garrett Foust, and Ben Rouse
New Surgical Instrument for Veterinary MedicineUT College of Veterinary MedicineVeterinary Engineering Technology (V.E.T)Develop and innovate a surgical tool that will allow a veterinary surgeon to use one instrument to clamp, cut, repair and stitch together tissue in an equine uterus. This tool must be useful but gentle on the uterine tissue without further damaging it.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeffrey ReinboltLauren Smith, Natalie Gosnell, Sarah Brock, Jami Anderson, and Bibhor Panta
Thermal Buffering of WindowsOffice of SustainabilityWindow Thermal BufferingThe Transportation Office Building in Park Plaza, Boston features a perimeter thermal buffering concept that uses stored waste condenser heat in a 750,000-gal capacity water tank. Simulations for curtain walls showed that thermal buffering could minimize heat losses in cold weather periods. A window attachment is therefore proposed that uses indoor conditioned air to block the loss of heat from a window during cold weather periods. Indoor conditioned air is preheated using waste heat from the condenser of the Hodges centrifugal chillers. Estimates of energy savings for the Hodges Library indicates a $37k per year savings reflecting a 3% drop in total power draw (operating plus demand charge). To enhance daylighting, it is proposed to include a reflective controllable blind as an exterior attachment that reflects short-wave irradiance up to the interior ceilings. The blind rotates automatically based on the time-of-day, solar orientation, latitude and longitude.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerConnor Britton, Joseph Wing, Jack Rogers, Peyton Whitehead, and Brandon Glover
Material Characterization of Flexible Packaging Thin Film Polymer CompositesSonoco Products CompanySonoco TeamDevelop a tool through material characterization to aid machine operators in the determination of adequate tension and heat settings for the printing of thin film polymer composite flexible packaging.Department of Materials Science & EngineeringKurt SickafusMaryam Alsukairi, Mohammed Alhejaili, Samantha Solis, Samuel Cormany, and Breanna Ellis
Emergency iTrainerUT Medical CenterEngineerinGirlsDesign a training model that can be used to simulate select emergency ocular procedures. The students at the UT Med Center Simulation Lab do not currently have a way to practice procedures like foreign body removal, slit-lamp exam, fluorescein staining, and lateral canthotomy. The training model needs to be life-life, realistic, and provide easy repeatability for training sessions.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeffrey ReinboltJillian Schwendeman, Hannah Olsen, Gracie Forbes, Emma Johnson, and Brett Evans
Fourth Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection UpgradesKnoxville Utilities BoardBaker EngineeringEvaluate performance of a pilot UV disinfection system at a local wastewater plant and use results to determine feasibility for full plant transition from current disinfection system. After determination of pilot performance, design new disinfection system and prepare documents for the construction process.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer RetherfordKaleb Huling, Emily Ervin, Ryan Watkins, Adam Dunn, and Browden Anderson
TDOT DensoTDOTAll Access EngineeringDesign a state industrial access road with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that serves Denso Manufacturing in Maryville, TN. Design the horizontal and vertical curves for the roadway, the lane and shoulder widths, and a speed limit. Design any drainage and runoff management to accommodate the rivers, streams, and the floodplain on the site. Assure the soil on site is the quality needed for the project. If not, determine what needs to be done to improve the soil quality. Estimate a cost for the project using the design and unit costs of the materials needed.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer RetherfordJoseph Howell, Courtnie Strader, Megan Lamon, John Carson, and Charlie Mubarak
Where Knowledge Comes FromUT Engineering Honors/OutreachTeam 10Develop a web application capable of simulating an interview process through a survey format. The application will be divided into two parts. There will be an admin area for researchers to create, share, and analyze survey forms. The second part will be for students to complete a survey by drawing their interpretation of where knowledge comes from.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceCourtney FaberMariah Billings, Morgan Johnson, Christopher Brunton, Seth Kear, and Chris Muncey
Powder Agitation System3D Systems3D Systems Senior Design Group 1Design a system that loosens the powder in a storage bin used for SLS printing. The system must guarantee a flow rate out of the 2 inch diameter opening of 1 liter every 10 seconds. The system must also remain contaminant free and maintain "first in, first out" behavior.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJ BouletAustin Davis, Austin Smith, Andrew Walters, Cameron Wagner, and Colin White
Glass Cleaning Robotics Tool HeadDENSODENSO FMRGDesign a robotic tool head to remove foreign material from the front glass of an automotive dashboard. Program sweeping paths for a collaborative robot.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam HamelMallory Bowers, William Moxley, James Hillencamp, Jesse McMillan, and Cory Glover
Variable Thermal Resistance Insulation for Energy Conservation in Homes / Dynamic Insulation Wall AssemblyClayton HomesClayton Homes Variable InsulationDevelop a variable insulation wall system for residential homes. This system utilizes thin metallic sheets placed in parallel inside the wall with a small current being used to manipulate the walls R value. By doing this energy is conserved through efficiently heating and cooling the indoors by taking advantage of the outdoor climate.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerTaylor Jordan, Carson Buchanan, Connor Morton, Tyler Newsom, and Dalton West
Dynamic Insulation Wall AssemblyClayton HomesDynamic Wall InsulationA major change in construction is proposed having the potential to save both energy and cost of construction; simple payback is estimated at about 7 years for new construction. The key objective complements the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research sponsored by the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO). Goal is to demonstrate smart insulation materials. The insulation is capable of being dynamically controlled through a change in thermal emittance. Students will model, build and demonstrate a dynamic wall assembly. The concept changes thermal resistance on demand to enhance passive solar heating and nighttime thermal cooling. Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerCarson Buchanan, Taylor Jordon, Connor Morton, Tyler Newsom, and Dalton West
System Architecture Design and Development of a Reusable Lunar Lander, aVOLloDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringaVOLloDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJames Evans LyneGillian McGlothin, Camille Bergin, Aaron Crigger, Chad Batten, and Darryl Harris
Refrigeration breadboard trainer for K-12East TN Chapter of ASHRAEASHRAEUTK Capstone team will build a portable refrigeration breadboard trainer (RBT). Refrigeration, heat pumps and air-conditioners differ simply in the manner of their use. The RBT would provide the students the opportunity to physically see and operate a heat pump in both heating and cooling mode. The RBT would serve as an excellent educational benefit to MABE students as well as junior-high and senior high-school students engaged in chemistry and/or physics classes. The ASHRAE East TN chapter therefore proposes a synergistic initiative to support UTK and work with and through the MABE students to spur interest among junior-high and senior-high students. ASHRAE could offer introductory classes in the chemistry and physics classes which the MABE students would on occasion make presentation to explain HVAC basics to junior-high and senior high-schools across the East TN region. Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerDaniel Howard, Henry Gilbert, Zachary Latham, Kyle McKellar, and David Ruzicka
CubeSat SimulatorMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 1Build, test and thoroughly document a low cost CubeSat simulator that will transmit telemetry data and receive commands over amateur radio frequency bands. Continue development of the AMSAT CubeSat simulator project for future groups to build on.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveMichael Light, Bert Bashford, Fahad Alamri, Ricky Simpkins, and Dylan Hedrick
Neutron MultiplicationDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringNeutron MultiplicationDesign and built a neutron multiplication monitoring system for use in both the thermal neutron assembly, and the planned fast neutron assembly.Department of Nuclear EngineeringLaurence MillerSpencer Kropf, Jason Matheny, Robert Corrigan, Andrew Volkovitskiy, and Garrett Russell
PiTraderDepartment of FinancePiTraderDesign an automated algorithmic trading platform that can execute predefined or user-defined strategies. Provide a form of passive alpha for casual investors interested in technology and trading.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceAndy PuckettDavid Clevenger, Parker Holt, Dylan Farmer, Justin Martinez, and Guru Ball-Khalsa
Wag-in-OneDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringVolTankDesign and build a motorized, modular, flatbed trailer for construction, landscape, and utility companies to allow for seamless transitions between job sites. The trailer can be towed or self-propelled at low speeds and will have interchangeable attachments such as a platform lift, dump bucket, grill, and workstation.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew MenchEvalynn Borrego, Corbin King, William Connor Fair, Joseph Golden, and Henry Gertsen
CubeSatMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 8Assemble the hardware components and develop the software requirements for a CubeSat satellite. The CubeSat satellite is a 10x10x10 box used in Earth's orbit to proved many research statistics to development teams on land.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveZack Hawks, Alexa Tipton, James Hammer, Austyn Simons, and Isaac Way
Augmented Reality SandboxUTK Department of Geography and The Muse KnoxvilleAugmented Reality SandboxDevelop an updated design of the previously existed Sandbox furnished by the Department of Geography in order to accommodate the furnishing, calibration, and transportation. The newly designed sandbox will include a lighter frame adjustable height settings for easier presentations to individuals of all ages.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJindong TanJonathan Bigelow, EDWARD DEIDERICH, Ryan Dunaway, Andrew Pitsenberger, and Josh Phatsadavong
Craft Beer ProductionBalter BeerworksCraft Beer ProductionObserve the beer making process and develop a mass balance for dissolved oxygen and yeast in different sections of the system. Improve the shelf life of the beer by optimizing the dissolved oxygen. Optimize the cost and time for the process by modifying the equipment and energy needs.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanJake Jolley, Jess Ossyra, Seth Anderson, Adam Soper, and Justin Holladay
Monterey MushroomsMonterey MushroomsDevelop a machine capable of autonomously detecting, measuring, locating, then picking a mushroom growing on a bed of dirt and placing it in an assorted bin based on size.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringLarry SharpeRory Butler, Devon McKnight, Will Rooks, Ryan Carter, and Kevin Carini
KARM Senior Design 2019Knoxville Area Rescue MinistriesTeam KARMDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringDoug AaronStephanie Kiriazes, Margaret Brewer, Zachary Rhodes, Collin Bible, and Liam Flaherty
Redesign of the Nasal Cannula for Neonatal PatientsUT Medical CenterGold MEDAL EngineeringInnovate the design of the nasal cannulas used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Tennessee Medical for premature patients. The design must provide a better seal and increased air flow for the patient receiving non invasive ventilation. The goal of the project is to decrease the incidence of nasal necrosis seen in neonatal patients.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeff ReinboltLeegan Boudreau, Adam Daniel, Elijah Smith, Dasia Williams, and Miroslava Migovich
Hovercraft 1Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringHovercraft 1Design, build, and test a hovercraft capable of carrying a 400lb payload. This hovercraft must be capable of operating on both land and marine environments, with its final test being able to carry two people across the Tennessee River and back.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew MenchDrew Cordray, Stefan Dopatka, Cole Weber, Bradley Hills, and Nathaniel Brandt
Tunneling Wound Exploration DeviceUT Medical CenterT3 EngineeringDesign a cost-efficient, sterile, and disposable exploration device for the purpose of examining and treating tunneling wounds with small-diameter openings. The device utilizes a novel articulation system that enables the operator to direct the camera's view while inside the wound. The device also contains a built-in irrigation system compatible with standard medical syringes to allow physicians to flush out the wound and clear any biological obstruction to the camera's view.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMitchell GoldmanBrittani Lopez, Carson Smith, Sarah Enani, Christopher O'Brien, and Nathaniel Hauser
Pick and PlaceAccu-RouterPick and PlaceDevelop a simple and reliable pick and place unit. Must utilize existing technologies and be easy to maintain.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringLarry SharpeJordan Cummings, Jacob Maine, Collin Culp, William Piwonka, and Philip Bailey
Thermal Chemical Energy Storage (TCES)Office of SustainabilityThermal Chemical Energy StorageThe compressor of a refrigeration system discharges a high temperature and high pressure superheated refrigerant having an exergy quality, second only to the electricity input to the compressor. The heat is wasted by dumping it to the outdoor environment. A chemical-based thermal energy storage (TCES) is proposed that generates and stores chemical energy in the summer for later use during the winter months; there is virtually no heat loss while in the storage state. The TES would offset heating demands during early morning peak winter usage or shape loads during other periods to help reduce utility costs, environmental impact and infrastructure.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerTennessee Bryant, Seth Douglas, Junsung Park, Frances Pfeifer, and Pierce Atkins
Gatlinburg Glades GreenwayGatlinburg Greenway ProjectGatlinburg Glades GreenwayOur goal is to design a safe, environmentally friendly route through the Glades that would provide a pathway for residents and visitors to safely walk, jog, or bike, and link the crafts community and Glades area neighborhoods with downtown Gatlinburg. The greenway is the first of three phases that will be a quarter mile in length.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringRetherfordKyle McMullen, Nicholas Malone, Corey Baldwin, Rebekah Kish, and Rebecca Bennet
Min Kao Lab Tour RobotMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 17Design and create a fully autonomous robot that can give a tour of the EECS building Min Kao. This will involve multiple floors and avoiding obstacles.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceMark DeanScott Rybak, Tarin Goad, James Wyatt, Matthew Klomfas, and Stephen Garabics
EECS Graduate Student Forms CentralMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceTeam 23Develop an interactive web interface for graduate students to better keep track of degree requirements. The web interface will automatically validate and populate degree programs forms and provide students information on how to complete outstanding degree requirements.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceJens GregorCasey Bates, Henry Quach, Ben Siravantha, Howard Choi, and Surya Manikonda
Solar Thermochemical Energy StorageOffice of SustainabilityTCESDesign and build a solar collector. The solar collector will be integrated into a thermal chemical energy storage system to aid existing energy supply to commercial buildings.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerSeth Douglas, Olivia Pfeifer, Junsung Park, Pierce Atkins, and Tennessee Bryant
Attic Radiation Control (ARC)Louisiana Pacific/Reflective Insulation Manufacturers AssociationAttic Radiation ControlDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerRobert Carlton, Robert Glass, Robert Goeke, Alex Hadley, and Thomas Pinion
Large Scale Additive Manufacturing Out of Plane PrintingOak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration FacilityBAAMDevelop and test a new roller or tamper design to allow for out of plane printing on the Big Area Additive Manufacturing System. The design must allow for all current printing capabilities to be maintained as well as allowing for various incline and raster angles.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringBrett ComptonTyler Smith, Greg Gorman, Liam Page, Dylan Settlemire, and Tom Flammang
CepFlex (VolTank Team 2)Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringCepFlexDesigned an upper arm rehabilitation device to allow patients of shoulder and elbow injuries to continue to have healthy muscle tissue. This device eliminates the need for free weights and resistance bands. Ideally by utilizing this device in the prehabilitation stages, there is a higher success rate after surgery.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew MenchMarty Dernberger, Geoff Germino, James Grandin, Zach Slessman, and Will Wheeler
Combined Cooling and Power (CCP)Electric Power Research InstituteCombined Cooling and PowerThe conventional refrigeration cycle has an evaporator, condenser and compressor. Heat absorbed by refrigerant in the evaporator (refrigerant effect) and work done on the refrigerant by the compressor is exhausted to the outdoor environment by a condenser, typically a dry or wet heat exchange process. Work will design a magneto alternator (generator used in wind turbine). The rotating shaft is internal and eliminates the need for a feed-through using a mag coupling thereby improving the leak tightness while also minimizing frictional resistance because mechanical rotary seals are eliminated from the design. The magneto alternator has rotating neodymium rare-earth magnets with a three-phase stator, then a bridge rectifier to produce DC. The power is then either directly used, stored in batteries, or drives a mains inverter that can supply the grid for profit. Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerCarlton Harwood, William Bright, Michael Keesee, Rabin Gandharva, and Xiaoqi Lu
BoneCrusherDepartment of AnthropologyBoneCrusherDevelop a device to impart blunt force trauma on human cadavers for use with research being done by the Department of Anthropology. The device must be capable of breaking the humerus, tibia, ribs, and skull.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringEric WadeCarter Breeding, Daelyn Greene, Nicholas Poker, Ryan Smith, and Zachary Ziegler
Patch Array Software Defined Radio TelescopeMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer SciencePASDRTWe are developing a small antenna that allows for the live observation of radio waves, in this case, specifically WiFi. It has uses in search & rescue and anti jamming.Aly FathyChase Cumbelich, Peter Alley, Nick Bianchi, and Abdel Moadi
Extraction of Thorium Dioxide from MonaziteElectric Power Research InstituteCBE 488 Abdelnour, Alshibli, Said, & YolitzDevelop and economically analyze the extraction of thorium dioxide from monazite using sulfuric acid.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceKaroleen Said, Katherine Yolitz, Marina Abdelnour, and Ahmad Alshibli
The Environmental Measurement DeviceDepartment of Civil and Environmental EngineeringTeam 16Design and develop a compact waterproof measurement device that records the flow rate of water leaving "tiles". "Tiles" are small drainage pipes that run under farmland to route excess water from the soil to nearby streams.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceThanos PapanicolaouAustin Dorris, Garland Harper, Nicolas Schwerzler, and Andrew Bryant
TRACEDepartment of Biosystems Engineering and Soil ScienceTRACEDesign a semi-automated concentration, collection, and storage system for floating garbage in small waterways. The system will be equipped with sensors to alert a city worker when to remove the garbage from the storage receptacle and keep the worker up to date on the system's functionality.Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil SciencesDaniel YoderJosh Benavidez, Lindsay Brown, Macy King, and Bailey Langford
Appalachian Utility Board Zinc Substation Foundation ProjectC2RLSmoky Mountain Foundation Inc.Design a foundation for a substation that is located over an abandoned zinc mine. The scope of the project encompasses geotechnical site investigations, analyses of soil stability, structural design of the foundation, creation of a construction-ready drawing set, and an estimation of costs.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJenny RetherfordLeah Stephens, James Throckmorton, Grayson Layne, and Ben Morris
The Waterphone: A Study of Processing-Structure-Property-Performance RelationshipDepartment of Materials Science and EngineeringTeam 1 - WaterphoneInvestigate the properties that affect the sound of the waterphone. The waterphone must be made affordably while being appealing to look at.Department of Materials Science & EngineeringDavid KefferNicholas Carter, Briar Faulkner, Sabrina Schwerzler, and Bradley Straka
Loudon RiverwalkCity of LoudonLoudonDesign a riverwalk alongside the Tennessee River in downtown Loudon, TN. The riverwalk will bring the community closer to the river it has been disconnected from for many years.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer RetherfordCaleb Pemberton, Christian Moloney, Carter Groves, and Bronson Maddox
Physical Model and Simulation of Flow in a High Temperature, Low Pressure FurnaceBAM KnoxvilleThe Flow BrosDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJ Mark BarkerMary Daffron, Landen McDonald, Joseph Goble, and Charles Stansberry
Temporary Work zone Vehicular Intrusion Prevention ProjectRogers GroupJESC EngineeringThe purpose of the design is to develop a system to prevent and further reduce vehicular intrusions into temporary work zones on highway construction projects. The team has developed a system that integrates high speed rumble strips and LIDAR sensors to reduce the speeds of incoming traffic and alert construction workers of non authorized vehicles entering a work zone at dangerous speeds.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJennifer RetherfordEthan Riddle, Jonathan Trzil, Scott Wilson, and Connor Witzeman
3D Systems: SLA Ultrasonic Recoating3D Systems3D Systems Group 2Design a test setup to test the effects of ultrasonics upon resin in a SLA 3D printer. The system must test different positions of ultrasonic transducers, different transducer power levels, and different SLA part profiles to make the system scalable.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringToby BouletPreston Buchanan, Dax Anderson, Trever Ferguson, and Dustin Samples
Trauma TotUT Medical CenterLOGO DesignsDesign and manufacture a simulated trauma model for toddler aged children in order for surgeons to practice a variety of procedures. The model must be anatomically correct, have a simple assembly system, and use materials that are easy to replace and cost effective.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeff ReinboltOlivia Lowman, Anneka Granvold, Ryan Ogle, and Eddie Orzechowski
Treatment of Sour Water from Petrochemical ProcessesDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringRaghavan IncorporatedDevelop a technologically advantageous and economically efficient process for the removal of toxic compounds commonly found in wastewater from petrochemical processes in order for its safe and responsible reintegration into local ecosystems. Water purity must meet or exceed relevant federal and locally mandated pollutant levels to maintain public health and safety.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanColin Davis, Dillon Price, Kaitlin Blanchard, and Jesse Dyer
Large Scale Avermectin FermentationDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringAvermectin Team 4Design an efficient, large scale fermentation process to produce a liquid extract containing toluene and avermectin. The process must produce a high concentration of the desired B1a and B1b avermectin analogs.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanMichael Pauly, Austin Lackey, Destiny Poiroux, and Jesselyn Johnson
In-Line Water Quality MonitoringThe University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleWater QualityDevelop a water quality monitoring system that detects irregularities in drinking water. The monitoring system will show live data and send text message alerts if an issue is detected.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveMichael O'Neil, Bradley White, Ray Chang, and Jinxiao Yu
Increase Throughput Using Inventory ManagementDesign an entire inventory management system for a budding company with no systems in place. These include: part numbering systems, part , inventory calculations, and an informational database for inventory management.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringSara Gamble, Jay Chase, Jake Beatty, and John Orr
Share RideSyna3CTeam 007Share Ride, is a website that helps with rapid response and aid of volunteers in disaster zones. Specifically the disaster relief website will allow volunteers to coordinate ride-sharing and housing. Furthermore the site will create a way for users to easily connect with organization by looking at the website's map to see where the closest and most available relief is.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceKeith StanfillEthan Hicks, Aaron Kintzler, Brandon Yen, and John Povlin
Eastman PFT Data LoggerEastman Chemical CompanyP.F.TDesign and develop a self-powered data logging system that records and monitors pressure, temperature, and flow rate data in air and water pipelines at Eastman Chemical Company. Readings are taken by using a pitot tube with two pressure transducers and a temperature sensor which connect to a data logger. The collected data is displayed on the data logger in a live readout for 24 hour periods.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew YoungRyan Wallace, Chad Arnold, Tucker Hall, and Joseph Gauspohl
Avermectin Fermentation (Medium-scale)Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringGroup-5The objective of the project is to develop a preliminary process design package for the production of avermectin extract in toluene, and safe disposal of all avermectin-contaminated waste from the process . The production target for avermectin pure is 100,000 kg/year.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanSultan Alsalman, Kevin Beyke, Keirsten Brown, and Josh Pedicini
Process Design for the Extraction of Thorium Dioxide and other REE Oxides from Monazite OreElectric Power Research InstituteThe EngiNERDsComplete a study level process design and analysis of a process to produce reasonable pure thorium dioxide as a product and rare earth oxides as bi-products from monazite ore. The plant design must be economically and environmentally feasible.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceBrad Bennett, Chelsea Connolly-Horton, Kelsey Hay, and Julia Johnson
Vanadium Flow BatteryOffice of SustainabilityVanadium Flow BatteryDevelop a concept for an energy storage device that could be used in Hodges Library to eliminate peak-demand charges. Energy costs during peak-demand times are substantially higher than average costs.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerMark Terrones II, Gabriel Abbu, Conrad Pelletier, and Kenneth Washington
Vanadium Flow Battery DEMO at HodgesOffice of SustainabilityVanadium Flow BatteryDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam MillerMark Terrones II, Gabriel Abbu, Conrad Pelletier, and Kenneth Washington
Barth Farm Bridge ReplacementBarth FarmsBridge Wood BuildersDesign a single lane vehicle bridge to replace an old bridge that poses safety hazards. The abutments of the current bridge are in poor condition and subject to sever scour which raises safety concerns from the owner. The superstructure of the current bridge is also not built to any current codes and is in need of redesign.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJenneg RetherfordCharlie Boss, Alex Stanley, David Abston, and Kevin White
DENSO PCB MagazineDENSODENSO PCB MagazineDevelop the transfer of an empty printed circuit board magazine from an unloading location to a collection area for later use. This system must ensure safety and ease of use through a single push button. This system is to minimize the current operator strain from moving unloaded magazine to the collection area.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringWilliam HamelStephen Botto, Chris Foehringer, Dustin Self, and Logan Kuchinic
Extraction of Thorium Oxide from Monazite OreDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringCBE 488 Group 9Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert (Pete) CounceBrian Grim, Kevin Harricharran, Sidharth Mahajan, and Maggie Mann
Profitability Analysis of Rare Earth Element and Thorium Oxide from Monazite Ore via Acid ProcessingDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringBlack, Fisher, Glynn, and AdamsThe goals of this project are to refine the profitable rare earth elements, as well as thorium oxide, from monazite ore. This is being done by developing and utilizing an acid process. Cost analysis will be done on how efficiently and effectively this process extracts the desired compounds, with hopes of this research being useful to the phosphate mining industry.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceRephayah Black, Maggie Fisher, Kaitlin Glynn, and Matthew Adams
EPRI 1: Autonomous Lawn MowerElectric Power Research InstituteAutonomous LawnmowerDevelop a lawnmower which can self drive and adjust its movement based on a desired path. The prototype must be designed such that the final cost is competitive with similar products on the market.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringLarry SharpeMichael McClanahan, Corey Crawford, Kea Francis, and Matthew Cummings
Accu-Router Door FlipperAccu-RouterAccu-Router 2Design an mechanism to be integrated with a CNC router to safely flip a door after being milled. The router is sized to cut two doors in the same sequence, and the materials used tend to be either too fragile or too heavy for human interaction.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringLarry SharpeTyler Laughter, Marc Blanshey, Adam Filson, and Mingsu Lin
Process of Thorium Oxide from Monazite Ore: An Economic AnalysisDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringTeam 488Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceBrooke Ballard, Kishen Patel, Mitchel Porter, and Natalie Ray
PPE Accountability System to Secure Patient RoomsUT Medical CenterTeam MediVolDevelop technology to detect PPE on medical personnel prior to entering patient, alert the medical personnel if they are not compliant to the PPE standards set for the room, and track compliance data for targeted re-training. The system must be efficient and intuitive for all medical staff.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeff ReinboltAndrew Miller, Kelsie Shea, Andrew Ten Eyck, and Peyton Holman
Aerospace Hovercraft Team ADepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringAerospace Hovercraft Team ADesign and build a amphibious hovercraft capable of carrying two students across the Tennessee River and back.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringRobert BondSkylar Jordan, Trenton Bullman, Jorge Navia, and Savannah David
Small Scale Avermectin ProductionDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringCBE Small Scale Avermectin TeamAvermectin drugs and pesticides are used to treat parasitic worms and insects in humans and in animals. The purpose of this project is to develop a process for producing 20,000 kg/year of Avermectin. The drug is produced from a bacteria, Streptomyces avermitilis, and must be extracted and purified. This project outlines the process design, equipment sizing, operation costs, and waste treatment necessary for producing Avermectin.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanScott Dixon, Wilson Pang, Sarah Wellborn, and Sydney Whitson
LARGE SCALE BROMINE RECOVERYDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringGroup 2Design an economically efficient method to extract bromine from aqueous waste. The system must extract a minimum of 90% bromine in the final stream.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringSankar RaghavanJacob Hunter, Logan Armstrong, Shadow Marks, and Tao Wang
Extraction of Thorium Dioxide from Monazite OreDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringCBE Design Team 1This project attempts to provide an industrial-level design for the extraction of thorium dioxide from rare earth elements found in monazite ore. Included in this project are economic feasibility analyses to assess the potential economic impact of the proposed design.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceGrant Rigney, Grant Bauman, Tyler Pitney, and Trent Walker
TDOT I-640TDOTIdeal SolutionsThe I-640 off-ramp experiences backups resulting in traffic overflow onto the interstate creating safety concerns. Our transportation team has been tasked with analyzing the roadways in the nearby vicinity and develop a long-term solution.Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringJenny RetherfordTim Kelly, Kinzee Clark, Riley Greiff, and Tyler Atkins
Surgical Forceps for Cervical Repair in HorsesCollege of Veterinary MedicineW.A.C.K. EngineeringOur project is to design surgical forceps to repair cervical lacerations in mares after giving birth. Our design will approve upon the instruments used by surgeons in the College of Veterinary Medicine.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringJeffery ReinboltCasey Gredzieleski, Justin Karl, Adam Throgmorton, and Will Kerr
Miniature Cooling TowerEastman Chemical CompanyE1Develop a scale model cooling tower for Eastman. The system should be portable and easy to operate as well as be useful as an educational tool.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringMatthew YoungSean OConnor, Richard Estey, and Adam Brooks
Fast Neutron Source Shutdown SystemDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringFast Neutron Source Shutdown SystemDevelop a shutdown system for the Fast Neutron Source (FNS) to be included in the new Nuclear Engineering Building. The system will perform the task of removing neutrons from the FNS through the insertion of neutron absorbing control plates when activated.Department of Nuclear EngineeringRichard WoodMatthew Herald, Robert Vradenburgh, and Alex Solomon
Gridsmart Kanban SystemGridsmartGridsmart TeamCreate and implement a inventory replenishment system (Kanban) to lower inventory cost and reduce the risk of stockouts due to an increase in production. This system will be put in place so that the supply chain manager will no when to reorder a product based on the amount of inventory left. When inventory hits a certain ideal point then an order will be put in placed to minimize on hand inventory cost as well as lowering risk of a stockout that will hold back production.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringLaura O'ShaughnesseyDrew Jost, Austin Wimberly, and Austin Knauer
Commercial Vehicle GroupCommercial Vehicle GroupCVG TeamDevelop a new container system for parts received from suppliers. The new system is intended to reduce down time as a result of looking for parts, minimizing transportation costs by maximizing truck space, and improve the current Kanban system.Department of Industrial & Systems EngineeringLaura O'ShaughnessyFrancois Moolman, Darian Clegg, and Blake Begley
Extraction of Rare Earth Elements from Monazite OreDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringUTK CBE GROUP 10Develop a process using OLI flowsheet for the extraction of rare earth elements of high purity to be sold for profit from monazite ore. The design will include all necessary unit operations, appropriate safety measures, and pollution control and prevention techniques. A study-level design will be presented, including a process flow diagram and economic analysis.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CouncePaige Jones, Morgan Walker, and DeLys Valentine
Extraction of Rare Earth Elements and Thorium Oxide from MonaziteElectric Power Research InstituteCBE 488 Senior Design: D. Chitwood, D. Crawford, C. TothDesign and analyze a process to produce reasonable pure thorium oxide as a product and rare earth oxides as bi-products from monazite ore (sand). Conduct an economic analysis of the process products and optimize the reactor system.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringPete CounceChase Toth, Drake Crawford, and Dylan Chitwood
Reclamation of Thorium Oxide and other Rare Earth Metals from Monazite OreElectric Power Research InstituteICBMDesign an innovative and profitable process to extract economically significant products from a rather cheap material in a safe manner. Perform simulations and analyses to assess the feasibility and efficiency of the proposed process.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceBonnie Armstrong, Casey Holsten, and Ian Metcalfe
Thorcon Power Plant Transients AnalysisDepartment of Nuclear EngineeringMSR UTThe main focus of the project is to design a model of a Thorcon power plant in order to test the transient behavior of the plant during design basis accidents. The model is created by combining four smaller models of the core neutronics, core kinetics, freeze plug behavior, and thermal cycle.Department of Nuclear EngineeringOndrej ChvalaYanheng Chen, Son Quang, and John Hirtz
Economic Viability of Rare Earth Element Extraction from Monazite OreElectric Power Research InstituteEconomic Viability of Rare Earth Element Extraction from Monazite OreDevelopment of a process design flow sheet, followed by economic analysis. Determine if the proposed process is economically viable and environmentally responsible.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceDamon Vance, Azaam Almasudi, and Logan Brown
CubeSatMin H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceCubeSatOur project is to create a low cost cube satellite simulator. By using low cost components and a modular design, our simulator will help other teams to prototype their designs and troubleshoot them before they go into space.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceDavid IcoveBert Bashfor, Sam MacLean, and Mike Light
Acid Extraction of Thorium Dioxide from Monazite Ore: An Economic AnalysisElectric Power Research InstituteWe Made It!The purpose of this report is to perform a study level analysis of monazite mineral processing in the United States. The main product will be reasonably pure ThO2 and rare earth oxides as bi-products. Design Objectives: -Produce highest yield of ThO2and oxide byproducts. -Ensure operating conditions for the process do not violate OSHA regulations on safe operating procedure. -Minimize negative impact on the environment. -Minimize fuel cost and raw material waste. -Determine economic potential using the latest ChE index value including operating costs, initial expense, and net income after expenses. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceMichael Lin, Evan Wilmer, and Patrick Greene
Acid Extraction of Thorium Oxide: An Economic AnalysisDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering"We Made it"The purpose of this report is to perform a study level analysis of monazite mineral processing in the United States. The main product will be reasonably pure ThO2 and rare earth oxides as bi-products. Design Objectives -Produce highest yield of ThO2and oxide byproducts. -Ensure operating conditions for the process do not violate OSHA regulations on safe operating procedure. -Minimize negative impact on the environment. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringRobert CounceEvan Wilmer, Michael Lin, and Patrick Greene
3D Systems UV LED Curing Unit3D Systems3D Systems UV LED Curing UnitDesign a device for an existing curing unit that uses UV LED technology in place of traditional fluorescent bulbsDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringToby BouletDevan DeMatteo
EcoCAR Mobility ChallengeArgonne National LaboratoryEcoCAR Mobility ChallengeDevelop a Hybrid electric vehicle for car sharing and rental purposes from a General Motors 2019 Blazer. This vehicle will also be equipped with hands off steering wheel autonomous features by integrating several radars, sensors and cameras.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical EngineeringDavid IrickDennis Owens
IoT ChessBoardDepartment of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical EngineeringChessMateWe will be designing a chessboard that connects to the internet that will allow people to view a "pictorial" representation of what is happening in the chess match. The goal is to remove stress from the people participating so they can focus more on the game, and not the people that have to be in the room to watch.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceXiaopeng ZhaoAdam Short
Flint water crisisDepartment of SociologyTeam 14Our project goal is to help add on sorting algorithms to a program that creates a database for all of the emails released from the government about the water crisis in flint, Michigan.Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer ScienceLouise SeasmterCarter Cooley

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