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The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Senior Engineering Design – Product Realization

Christina L. Carmen, Ph.D.

 

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This site documents designs developed by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as part of their senior capstone design class requirements.  The Product Realization senior design class focuses upon the design, modeling, simulation, analysis, fabrication, testing and demonstration of a unique and patentable product.  Most design teams have had customers and have been sponsored by various entities including the MAE dept., various local aerospace companies, NASA, NSSTC, US Army, Alabama Space Grant Consortium and Women in Defense – to name a few.  The resulting products are impressive!  Any questions and comments should be addressed to Christina.Carmen@uah.edu


SPONSORS/CUSTOMERS

MAE 490/491/492 appreciates the following sponsors and/or customers that enable students to work on interesting, relevant, and unique projects:

Customer/Sponsor

Project

Semester

UAH Center for Applied Optics (CAO)

Mr. Tim Blackwell

Diamond Turning Machine

Summer/Fall 2010

Optical Guitar Pick-Up

Summer/Fall 2010

Zerodur Mirror Mount

Spring 2010

Thin Disk Laser Resonator

Spring 2010

Mirror Mounting Plate

Fall 2009

NASA

Lunar Wormbot

Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012. Fall 2012

X-TOOLSS

Fall 2010-Present

X-Hab Deep Space Habitat

Fall 2012

Women

In

Defense

Numerous STEM tools have been designed and delivered to local schools as well as to Sci-Quest Childrens Museum in Huntsville, AL

Summer 2008-Present

AIO-50

 

 





INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTICAL CONGRESS (IAC)

Several Engineering Design – Product Realization students have attended the prestigious International Astronautical Congress in the last few years.  Dr. Carmen and the students acknowledge the support of the UAH Office of the Vice-President of Research for generously providing this opportunity and for sponsoring the students. 

2010 IAC- Prague, CZ : The students presented the results of their research and design efforts associated with the 1/3 Scale Gemini Style Capsule, the 2010 UAH Moonbuggy, STEM hardware and additional capsule design projects.Congratulations to the following MAE 490 – Product Realization and Moonbuggy team students for presenting their results:  Henrique Casagrande (Moonbuggy Team), Heather Pitts (Capsule Parafoil System), Ashley Tromba (Capsule Analysis), Lisa Tunstill (WID/STEM project) and Toshawnka Walker (1/3 scale Gemini style Capsule). Various pictures taken at the 2010 IAC are provided below.

Pictures from the 2010 IAC

UAH Students with Dr. Bolden - Current NASA Administrator 

UAH students with Dr. Griffin and Dr. Horack

UAH students in Prague

Henrique Casagrande presenting at the IAC

2011 IAC- Cape Town, South Africa : Check back for more details.

Pictures from the 2011 IAC

 

2012 IAC- Naples, Italy : Check back for more details.

Pictures from the 2012 IAC

 

 

Click on a semester below to view information and details of designs generated during that semester in MAE 490/491/492. Currently, details pertaining to projects dating back to Spring 2008 are available. Keep checking back for more updates.

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Spring 2011

MAE 490-01

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Zachary Cavender

James Collett

Willard Hill

John Hobbs

Paul Howell

Miranda Nelson

John Nix

Michael Patterson (Lead)

2011 UAH Moonbuggy Team

The 2011 team modified the entire steering, axles, seats, locking mechanism and assembly process.  Because of their changes the vehicle is rock solid.  Team lead Michael Patterson has proven to be a true leader and the team has met every challenge and deadline.

Thank you to the ASGC, OVPR, Dean – COE and MAE dept for funding the team.  Thank you to all supporters of the team – we could not have accomplished anything without you!  Special thanks to the Huntsville Center for Technology.  Joy Dukemineer, Tim White and Mark “the welder”:  we could not have succeeded without your valuable help!

Congratulations to the 2011 UAH Moonbuggy Team for winning 2nd place overall in the college division at the 2011 NASA Great Moonbuggy Race at the US Space and Rocket Center on April 1-2, 2011!  Also, the team won the System Safety Challenge and $300. 

 

 

 

 

TEAM 2

Nick Jones

Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition

Team 2 will be designing a motorcycle safety cage/sidecar combination for medically handicapped children for submittal to the 2011 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.  This is a personal and inspiring project!

  

 

TEAM 3

Cary Hale

Adriane Hannah

Josiah Johnson (Lead)

Jacob Linville

 

Sci-Quest Solar Panel Display

Team 3 is sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and is designing a solar panel display unit for Sci-Quest in Huntsville, AL.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Thank you to Sci-Quest for allowing UAH students this great opportunity to design hardware for their facility.  Special thanks to Brittany Marcott and Cyndy Morgan.

Team member Josiah Johnson has submitted an abstract to the 2011 IAC to be held in Capetown, South Africa.  Acceptance will be announced in April 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM 4

Jayme Berstell (Lead)

Danny Nease

Chad Stott

Jeremy White

 

Sci-Quest Solar Panel Display

Team 4 is also sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and will design a display to demonstrate how solar panels function.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Thank you to Sci-Quest for allowing UAH students this great opportunity to design hardware for their facility.  Special thanks to Brittany Marcott and Cyndy Morgan.

 

 

TEAM 5

Seth Archer

Isaac McGee

Tyler Ward

 

Unmanned Vehicle Control Box

Team 5 will design a component control box for various unmanned vehicles.

Thank you to Dr. Fahimi of the MAE Dept. for providing this opportunity.

 

TEAM 6

Alexander Freas

Kate Morrell

Colby Williamson

 

CAO Collimator

Team 6 is collaborating with customers in the UAH Center for Applied Optics (CAO) in order to provide precision positioning for a laser system.

Thank you to Tim Blackwell and Mr. Pollack for providing this opportunity.

 

TEAM 7

Stephen Aldridge

Brian Dozier

Tony Higginbotham

Chris Street

Sean Sheehy

Burritt Museum Green Design Project

Team 7 will design a compost bin that will provide sustainable power to articles such as lampposts at Burritt Museum in Huntsville, AL.  The hardware will also be used as a green energy learning tool for museum visitors.

Thank you to Mr. Zoller and Mr. Swann for providing this excellent design project to MAE students.

 


Spring 2011

MAE 491-03, 492-03

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Bradley Boaz

Charles Boyles

Emory Eledui

Ben Gasser

Joshua Johnson

Ben Long

NASA/NSSTC Lunar Wormbot

During spring 2011 Team 1 will fabricate and test the Lunar Wormbot.  Team 1 is collaborating with teams from Louisiana Tech and Univ. California – Riverside in the development of the system.

Thank you to NASA/MSFC and the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, AL. for providing this opportunity to MAE senior design students.  Thank you to Blaze Sanders of Johns Hopkins University for acting as the team technical advisor.

A team member submitted an abstract to the 2011 IAC to be held in Capetown, South Africa in Oct. 2011.

 

  

 

 

TEAM 2

Jennifer Chevalier

Dustin Hamilton

Ben Landers

Will Landers

Brandon Setayesh

Drew Wright

WID/Providence Middle School Pulley System

Team 2 is sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and is building and testing a pulley demonstration tool that will enable the students to understand various phenomena such as static equilibrium and Newtonian mechanics.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Providence Middle School for their support of the team.

A team member has submitted an abstract to the 2011 IAC in Capetown, South Africa in Oct. 2011.  Acceptance will be announced in April 2011.

 

 

 

TEAM 3

Brittany Marcott

Meagan Mathias

Ryan Miller

Bryan Simpkins

Matthew Watts

 

WID/Providence Middle School Tectonic Plate Table

Team 3 is completing the fabrication and testing a tectonic plate demonstration tool that will enable middle school students to visualize the effects of an earthquake.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Providence Middle School for their support of the team.

 

 

 

 

 



FALL 2010

DESIGN PROJECTS: Projects will continue with Women in Defense (WID) in order to encourage students to seek a STEM education and career. Also, Tim Blackwell will continue in his role as a customer for projects associated with the CAO.  NASA and the NSSTC will work with one team on the development of a Lunar Wormbot.  Finally, AMERICANS IN ORBIT - 50 Years(AIO-50) will continue to sponsor teams in association with the Alabama Space Grant Consortium. To view an AIO brochure click here.   

FALL 2010

MAE 490-02

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Charles Boyles

Ben Gasser

Joshua Johnson

Ben Long

Nathan Toy

NASA/NSSTC Lunar Wormbot

This team will review the designs of a lunar regolith burrowing robot designed to mimic the peristaltic motion of an earthworm.  The initial conceptual designs were developed by the NSSTC and the team will develop various conceptual designs based upon the original and select a concept to develop further.  During spring 2011 Team 1 will fabricate and test the Lunar Wormbot.  Team 1 is collaborating with teams from Louisiana Tech and Univ. California – Riverside in the development of the system

Thank you to NASA/MSFC and the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, AL. for providing this opportunity to MAE senior design students.  Thank you to Blaze Sanders of Johns Hopkins University for acting as the team technical advisor.

Congratulations to Team 1 for having their peer reviewed abstract accepted to the American Astronautical Society/Von Braun Symposium (Oct. 25-27, 2010) student poster session.  ADDITIONALLY, congratulations to team 1 member Joshua Johnson for winning the student poster competition – great job Joshua!

Picture: Team member Josh Johnson at the von Braun Symposium

Picture:  Josh Johnson accepting his 1st place award at the VBS.

 

 

 

 

TEAM 2

Jennifer Chevalier

Dustin Hamilton

Ben Landers

Will Landers

Brandon Setayesh

WID/Providence Middle School Pulley System

Team 2 is sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and is designing a pulley demonstration tool that will enable the students to understand various phenomena such as static equilibrium and Newtonian mechanics.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Providence Middle School for their support of the team.

Congratulations to Team 2 for having their peer reviewed abstract accepted to the American Astronautical Society/Von Braun Symposium (Oct. 25-27, 2010) student poster session.  Thank you to team 2 member Jennifer Chevallier for doing a great job representing her team and UAH at the symposium!

 Picture:  Team 2 member Jennifer Chevallier at the VBS.

 

 

TEAM 3

Jarred Green

Gene LeSarge

Brittany Marcott

Meagan Mathias

Matthew Watts

 

WID/Providence Middle School Tectonic Plate Table

Team 3 is also sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and is designing a tectonic plate demonstration tool that will enable the students to visualize the effects of an earthquake.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Providence Middle School for their support of the team.

Congratulations to Team 3 for having their peer reviewed abstract accepted to the American Astronautical Society/Von Braun Symposium (Oct. 25-27, 2010) student poster session.  Thank you to team 3 member Matt Watts for the great work he did representing his team at the von Braun Symposium!

 

 

 

 

 


FALL 2010

MAE 491, 492

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Stephen Armstrong
Chris Blackwell

Casey Funk

Brandon Hodges

Charles Renegar

Diamond Turning Machine

Team 1 completed the fabrication, testing and refinement of an apparatus that will rotate the translational stages of the diamond turning machine.  Team 1 produced an excellent final product that met a critical need within the Center of Applied Optics at UAH.

Thank you to Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH CAO for providing this opportunity.

 

 

 

TEAM 2

Stephanie Buckner

Ben Fowler

Sam Hobbs

Chris Kirchner
Jared Nelson

Optical Guitar Pick-up

Team 2 completed the fabrication of the product using the rapid prototyping machine in the MAE Dept.  This design has great patent potential.

Thank you to Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH CAO for providing this opportunity. 

 

 

 

TEAM 3

Ryohsuke Aoki

Jonathan Davis

Brockton Thompson

Toshawnka Walker

1/3 Gemini Capsule

This team continued upon the efforts of previous capsule teams.  Team 3 added the skin and landing system handles to the capsule and conducted a STEM outreach event.

Thank you to AIO-50 and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium for funding this project.

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM 4

Jared Dulaney

Jessica Frogue

Ryan Klauck

Allen Walker

 

WID/Williams Middle School Ballistic Pendulum – Phase 2

Team 4 refined the pendulum that was delivered to WMS in May 2010.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Williams Middle School for their support of the team.  

TEAM 5

Clay Bailey

Thomas Gasque

Jordan White

WID/Williams Middle School CO2 Car Launcher – Phase 2

Team 5 improved the hardware by integrating stronger rods, hinges and securing methods.  This effort is to promote interest in STEM education and careers.

Thank you to WID and WID Director Deborah Fraley for sponsoring and supporting the team.  Additionally, the team would like to thank the teachers, students and administration at Williams Middle School for their support of the team.

 

TEAM 6

Robert Coates

Kevin Culp

Drew Moynihan

Stephen Phillips

Justin Twilbeck

Formula SAE Chassis

Team 6 designed and fabricated the chassis for the formula SAE vehicle.

 

TEAM 7

Daniel Cervantes

Justin Chism

Kelly Green

David Keeton

Cheryl Rose

1/3 Scale Gemini Capsule – XTOOLSS Design Optimization

Team 7 optimized various parts of the 1/3 scale Gemini capsule.

Thank you to Ben DeMiero fo MSFC for his assistance.

 



 

SUMMER 2010

DESIGN PROJECTS: Summer 2010. Projects will continue for Williams Middle School in Huntsville, AL. in order to encourage students to seek a STEM education and career. Also, Tim Blackwell will continue in his role as a customer for projects associated with a thin-disk laser. AMERICANS IN ORBIT - 50 Years(AIO-50) will continue to sponsor teams in association with the Alabama Space Grant Consortium. To view an AIO brochure click here.




SUMMER 2010

Section 1

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Stephen Armstrong
Chris Blackwell

Olivia Walcyzk

Diamond Turning Machine

Team 1 created a preliminary design for an apparatus that will rotate the translational stages of the diamond turning machine.  Fabrication and testing of the design will take place during fall 2010.  Team 1 produced excellent design concepts and provided a design that will meet a critical need within the College of Applied Optics at UAH.

Thank you to Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH CAO for providing this opportunity.

 

 

 

 

TEAM 2

Ben Fowler
Jared Nelson

Jonathan Keenum

Optical Guitar Pick-up

Team 2 was focused upon the details of the design and, as a result, generated a preliminary design of a device that can be attached to a guitar and optically transfer the notes/music created  into electronic format.  This design has great patent potential.

Thank you to Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH CAO for providing this opportunity. 

 

 

 

TEAM 3

John Hargrove

Jonathan Huff

Todd Russell

Brad Townson

1/3 Gemini Capsule

Thank you to AIO-50 and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium for funding this project.

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM 4

Sharon Deerman
Holly Foshee

Meaghan Holt

 

WMS Green Pavilion

Thank you to WMS science teacher Leigh Harrison for providing this opportunity.

 

 

 



SPRING 2010

DESIGN PROJECTS: Spring 2010 (Section 1 and Section 2). Women in Defense will sponsor 4 teams to design and fabricate hardware for Williams Middle School in Huntsville, AL. in order to encourage students to seek a STEM education and career. AMERICANS IN ORBIT - 50 Years(AIO-50) will continue to sponsor teams in association with the Alabama Space Grant Consortium. To view an AIO brochure click here.




SPRING 2010

Section 1

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Lucas Day
David Keeton
Hiroshi Tachi
James Russ True
Toshawnka Walker (Team Lead)
Jeffrey Wright

AIO CAPSULE/LANDING GEAR INTEGRATION

Team 1 designed a new skidded landing gear system that was integrated onto the 1/3 scale capsule developed by Team 8 during fall 2009. Verification testing included experimental stress determination and a drop test. This team was impressive in every phase of the design process. Initial Budget = $1500

MAE 490 and Team 1 would like to acknowledge the continued support of AIO-50 and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium for funding the project. Additionally, the team is honored that Dr. Mike Griffin has graciously provided his time and assistance in his role as a technical advisor for the AIO teams. CONGRATULATIONS to team member Toshawnka Walker. He will be attending the International Astronautical Congress in Prague, CZ in Sept. 2010 where he will present the results of his teams' efforts.

Photo: 1/3 scale Gemini Capsule with Landing gear

Photo: Rear landing gear

 

 

TEAM 2

Jonathon Griffis
Jennifer Hunt (Team Lead)
Angela Mitchell
Justin Wilson

Zerodur Mirror Mounting System

Team 2 designed and fabricated a mirror mount that was integrated onto a thin-disk laser for the UAH Optics dept. This collaborative effort has proven to be beneficial as it provides MAE students with real-world projects as well as providing the Optics department engineering design solutions to critical hardware such as the thin-disk laser. Team 2 consisted of team members with a vast amount of machining and design experience that resulted in a high-quality product.

MAE 490 and Team 2 would like to thank Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH Optics department for his technical guidance and support of the design team. Thank you to the MAE dept. for the financial support of this team.

Customer correspondance with Team 2

 

 

TEAM 3

Jana Jones
William Moore
Lisa Tunstill (Team Lead)
Abel Velazquez
Phillip Webster

WID Catapult

Team 3 designed and fabricated a catapult that was delivered to Ms. Robinson's 8th grade science class at Williams Middle School in Huntsville, AL. in order to encourage students to pursue STEM careers. The trebuchet-style catapult was designed with safety and durability as top-level requirements. Budget = $500

MAE 490 and Team 3 would like to thank Ms. Deborah Fraley, the Director-at-Large of WID and Ms. Robinson for their support of team 3.

Photo:Team Members visiting Williams MS

Photo:Team Members surveying the students

Photo:Team Members in the classroom

Photo:Team Members during their PDR

Photo:Team Members with the customer and sponsor

Photo:Product Demonstration at Williams Middle School

 

 

TEAM 4

Andrew Couchman
Jared Dulaney
Jessica Frogue
Ryan Miller
Leon Waters

WID Ballistic Pendulum

Team 4 designed and fabricated a unique ballistic pendulum for Ms. Robinson's 6th grade class at Williams Middle School. The team demonstrated the pendulum during an all-school assembly at Williams Middle School on May 19, 2010. Their product created a great deal of excitement among the students as they all wanted to use the product! Budget = $500

MAE 490 and Team 4 would like to thank Ms. Deborah Fraley, the Director-at-Large of WID and Ms. Robinson for their support and guidance.

Photo:Team Members with the customer and sponsor

Photo:Team Members with Dr. Avis Williams (WMS Principal)

 

 

TEAM 5

Justin Twilbeck
Richard Zappe

Blackhawk Floor Pallet

As the result of work experience associated with Blackhawk Helicopters Team 5 members saw a need for an improved pallet design. The pallet will connect the Ballistic Armament Protection System (BAPS) and the Martin Baker seats in the helicopter. The improved pallet will allow for more flexibility and postioning of the seat. This design provides a solution to a critical need. Great idea and excellent work! Budget = $100

MAE 490 and Team 4 would like to thank the MAE dept. for funding the project.

 

 

 




SPRING 2010

Section 2

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 6

Christopher Kirshner
Brockton Thompson
Robert Trimble

AIO Landing Gear Design

Team 6 designed and analyzed a full-scale landing gear to integrated onto a Gemini-style capsule. This team also focused upon the deployment/retraction mechanism. Team 6 provided detailed drawings as well as conducted numerous FEA for the customer.

MAE 490 and Team 6 would like to acknowledge the continued support of AIO-50 and Dr. Mike Griffin for providing his technical expertise during the design process.

 

 

 

TEAM 7

Brittany Blache
Justin Chism
Caleb Lindsey
Stephen Phillips
Amber Wise

AIO-50 SSM Enhancement and Gemini Hatch

Team 7 completed the first phase of the design project with great results - completion/enhancment of the quarter section of the full-scale Space Science Module on display at Sci-Quest in Huntsville, AL. The customer was extremely pleased and the module has impressed all that view the final result. The second phase of the project consisted of the design and fabrication of a full-scale Gemini hatch for display purposes. Team 7 also conducted FEA of the SSM and hatch.

MAE 490 and Team 7 would like to thank AIO-50 and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium for funding this project. Additionally, the team would like to thank Dr. Michael Griffin for his willingness to act as a technical advisor for the team.

 

 

 

TEAM 8

Justin Hatfield
Clayton Pannell
Charles Renagar

Thin Disk Laser Resonator Design

Team 8 conducted design work in support of the efforts of Mr. Tim Blackwell of the UAH Optics dept. Mr. Blackwell had a need for the mechanical re-design of the resonator in association with a thin-disk laser. This team performed with professionalism and produced a quality product that is durable and reliable.

MAE 490 and Team 8 would like to thank Mr Blackwell and the MAE dept for their support.

 

 

 

TEAM 9

Bradley Boaz
Stephanie Buckner
Emory Eledui
Justin Greene
Ryan Klauck
Zac Snodgrass
Tiffany Davis

WID Orrery

Team 9 is designing a unique and interactive model of the Sun and Planets for Mr. Pettey's 6th grade class at Williams Middle School. The design is innovative and the resulting product is much anticipated! The goal will be to deliver the hardware in May 2010 to the students in order to motivate the students to pursue STEM careers. Budget = $500

MAE 490 and Team 9 would like to thank Ms. Deborah Fraley, the Director-at-Large of WID and Mr. Pettey for their support and guidance. Additionally, team 9 would to thank Mr. Jeff Stapler for his help and Mr. Stanley Dempsey of Machine Craft in Huntsville, AL. Machine Craft has been willing to provide assistance and this project would not be possible without their support!

 

 

 

TEAM 10

Clay Bailey
Thomas Gasque
Sam Hobbs
Jordan White
Ben Zwissler

WID CO2 Launching Mechanism

Team 10 is being sponsored by WID and will be providing Mr. Fain's science class at Williams Middle School in Huntsville, AL. with a CO2 racecar launching device. This team has always performed will excellence and ahead of schedule.The goal of the collaboration between MAE 490 and WID is to encourage students to seek STEM careers. Budget = $500

MAE 490 and Team 10 would like to thank Ms. Deborah Fraley (WID Director-at-Large), Mr. Fain (WMS science teacher) and the administration of Williams Middle School in Huntsville for their support.

 

 

 



FALL 2009

DESIGN PROJECTS: Fall 2009 (Section 1 and Section 2). This was an exciting semester as there were several interesting and unique projects available for student design teams to develop. Women in Defense sponsored a team to implement additional features to the Fluid Flow Circuit project (see summer 2009). Another customer was AMERICANS IN ORBIT - 50 Years(AIO-50). Teams that worked with AIO-50 had the opportunity to design space flight hardware and work with an actual Gemini capsule. To view an AIO brochure click here.

To view AIO project descriptions for fall 2009 click here.

For a description of other possible fall 2009 design projects click here.




FALL 2009

Section 1

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Daniel Cervantes
William Kessler

FLUID FLOW CIRCUIT

Team 1 did a great job implementing additional design features on the Fluid Flow Circuit designed and developed during summer 2009. Specifically, this team added a dye injection port in order to view dynamic flow characteristics as well as add a section of piping with a variable diameter. Team 2 was sponsored by Women in Defense (WID) and the flow circuit was delivered to Guntersville High School in Guntersville, AL in order to encourage students to seek STEM careers.

MAE 490 and Team 1 would like to acknowledge the continued support of WID for the financial sponsorship of the project. Additonally, we thank Dr. Dawn Bardot for critical support and technical assistance. Finally, thank you the Guntersville High School teacher, Kate White, for providing guidance throughout the design process.

 

 

 

TEAM 2

Amanda Ball
Christopher Krause
Linda Lang
Robert Smith
Dexter Wimberley

AIO SSM Solar Panel Deployment

Team 2 designed a deployable solar panel mechanism to be integrated onto the Space Science Module. This project was sponsored by AIO-50 and the Alabama Space GRant Consortium. Team lead Amanda Ball presented during the annual AIO-50 banquet at Sci-Quest in Huntsville, AL in Feb. 2010. She did an excellent job representing her team, the MAE Dept. and UAH!

 

 

 

TEAM 3

Gavin Adams
Ryohsuke Aoki
Dayton Clark
Jonathon Davis
Shane Youngblood

AIO Space Science Module (SSM)

Team 3 designed and fabricated a full-scale quarter section of the SSM for display and flight configuration purposes. The hardware is currently on display at Sci-Quest in HUntsville, AL. The team was sponsored by AIO-50 and the Alabama Space Grant Consortium.

 

 

 

TEAM 4

Robert Coates
Drew Moynihan
Robin Pettey
Samuel Smith
Chris Wordingham

AIO Gemini Capsule Landing Gear

Team 4 designed and fabricated a unique landing gear system to be integrated on a scale model of a Gemini Capsule.

 

 

 






FALL 2009

Section 2

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 5

Leyho Chhit
Justin Childress
Jamie Morton
Cheryl Rose

Laser/Mirror Alignment

Team 5 will be working with the UAH Optics Department and will design a unique Laser/Mirror Alignment connection device.

MAE 490 and Team 5 would like to acknowledge the sponsorship and technical guidance of Dr. Tim Blackwell of UAH.

 

 

 

TEAM 6

Jason Allen
Jared Bishop
James Lambert
Eric Persall
Heather Pitts

AIO Gemini Parafoil Landing System

This team will be integrating a parafoil onto a 1/3 scale model of the Gemini capsule. Additionally, they will design a remote control guidance system.

 

 

 

TEAM 7

JC Carpenter
Kevin Culp
Ann Rush
Ashley Tromba
Paul Watts

AIO NASA Drawings

This team will be conducting research and analysis of historic significance! The team will procure original NASA Gemini program drawings and information that have been stored at the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas. The team will then utilize these documents and drawings in order to generate 3-D models utilizing current CAD/CAE software tools. Finite-Element Analysis will be a focus. This is an exciting project and amazing opportunity for the team. The National Archives is excited as well as this is the first time that an endeavor such as this has been undertaken.

MAE 490 and Team 7 would like to thank Meg Hacker of the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas for her invaluable assistance in procuring copies of the original NASA Gemini Program documents and drawings.

UAH Exponent Article

 

 

TEAM 8

Stephen Cox
Jamison McAllister
Bryan Simpkins
Andrew Soucek
Jerry Walker

AIO 1/3 Scale Gemini Capsule

Team 8 will fabricate a 1/3 scale version of the original Gemini capsule. This task is crucial in order to test a landing gear system (Team 4) and parafoil system (Team 6). Critical technical analysis of the center of gravity (CG) and an integrated adgustable CG sub-system design are key features. The scale model will be aesthetically similar to original Gemini capsules as well as possessing structural integrity.

Picture: Capsule taking shape.

Picture: Bryan Simpkins and Jamison McAllister with the partially completed capsule.

Picture: Stephen Cox cuts a steel bar

Picture: Jamison McAllister grinds a steel bar.

Video: Welding the Capsule Frame

 

 





SUMMER 2009

Section 1

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Casey Funk
Justin Grissim
Joshua Hill
Corey Morgan
Akito Tateoka

FLUID FLOW CIRCUIT

Team 1 designed a Fluid Flow Circuit to be used at Guntersville High School in Guntersville, Alabama. This team was sponsored by Women in Defense (WID). The teams design effort was acknowledged in the WID national newsletter. This project represents the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) design collarboration between MAE 490 and the WID.

MAE 490 and Team 1 would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of Mary Anne Thomas and Cristina Hinkle of WID for the financial sponsorship of the project. Additonally, we thank the customer Kate White of Guntersville High School, Dr. Dawn Bardot and Dr. Brian Landrum (MAE Dept.) for their support and technical assistance.

Picture_System Req. Review

Picture2_System Req. Review

Team 1 with special guests

Team 1 pictured with the Flow Circuit

 

TEAM 2

Alec Bonne
Jennifer Colebeck
Derrick Reaves
Garrett Williams
James Wright

MOTORIZED COOLER

Team 2 designed a creative product that possesses many potential useful applications - military, lunar rover, etc. The end result was a variable speed cart that easily traversed over sandy terrain. Great effort Team 2 - the final product was impressive and incorporated quality manufacturing!

Alec Bonne presenting at PRR

Jennifer Colebeck presenting at PRR

Team 2_ Team Picture

Team 2_3D CAD Model

 

TEAM 3

Jr. Burgreen
Daniel Crowe
Tomoya Nishikawa
Nicole Olbricht
Kristi Ward

BLACKHAWK FLIGHT CONTROL APPARATUS

The U.S. Army ATTC required an apparatus to gauge movement of the cyclic and collective. The design will be flown on the Blackhawk helicopter. Test Pilots and Army engineers have evaluated and flight tested the fixture and have provided stellar reviews. The fixture is in the process of becoming airworthiness rated.

MAE 490 and Team 3 acknowledges the assistance of the US Army's ATTC and Mr. Joseph Forsyth for his technical advice and aid in materials selection and procurement.

Picture_Daniel Crowe in cockpit

Picture_Current "homemade" hardware

Picture_Team members in front of Blackhawk

Picture_Collective and Cyclic Hardware

Picture_Cyclic Hardware

Picture_Collective Hardware

Team 3_Prototype 3D CAD Model

 







SPRING 2009

Section 1

NOTE: Spring 2009 (Section 1 and Section 2) produced excellent designs that were the result of a tremendous amount of effort. Several teams were interviewed by the Huntsville Times and filmed as part of the Alabama Public Televesion show "On the Job". To read the Huntsville Times article click here.

  

Additionally, Team 2 won 2nd place in the national ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's 2008-2009 Student Safety Engineering Design Contest for their MAE 490 Final Report. The team will be honored at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in November 2009. The awards include prize money of $500 for the team and $200 for class instructor. This is agreat honor for MAE 490, the MAE department and UAH. Congratulations Spencer, Cory, Steven and Matt! To read the ASME award letter click here.

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1

Danny Bottoms
Paul Buttram
Shinji Kato
Eddie McCabee
Takeshi Oyamatsu

TABLE-TOP HYBRID ROCKET MOTOR

This team designed without any prior knowledge of hybrid rocket motors. Through research and determination the final result was a safe and impressive design that can be used for demonstration purposes at various events.

Team 1_Video

TEAM 2

Spencer Harrison
Cory Kendall
Stephen Trotter
Matthew Watson

AUTOMATIC TRAP LAUNCHER

Team 2 successfully designed a unique trap launcher that rivals commercially available launchers at a fraction of the cost. Their innovative design is easy to use, transport, and durable.

TEAM 3

Fiona Cheng
Anthony Crutch
William Edge
John Stewart

HYBRID ROCKET MOTOR

This team reverse-engineered an existing hybrid rocket motor assembly and reconfigured/upgraded parts in order to produce a functioning product to be used as an educational tool that will spark potential students interest in rocketry.

Team 3_Poster

Team 3_Photo

Team 3_Video

TEAM 4

Maggie Frank
Clay Long
Adam Oldacre
Chris Pittman

ASME MARS ROCKS!

Team 4 did an exceptional job designing a robotic martian rover that will retrieve and collect rocks and deposit them at a specified location. The requirements were set forth as part of the 2008-2009 National ASME design competition.

Team 4_Poster

Team 4_Video

TEAM 5

Eric Becnel
Curtis Cummings
Richard Riviera
Heather Slatton
Roger Wilson

COLUMN BUCKLING APPARATUS

This team did an exemplary job designing a new Column Buckling Apparatus for the UAH MAE 370 Mechanics of Materials laboratory. Their unique design is sleek and sturdy. The team will be pursuing a patent in association with the UAH Office of Technology Commercialization.

Team 5_Photo






SPRING 2009

Section 2

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 6

Shannon Anderson
Barrett Eimer
Zach Taylor
Patrick Thomas
Scott Wallace

ASME MARS ROCKS!

Team 6 made it happen! They came together as a team and produced a beautiful design that met the requirements set forth by the national ASME organization as part of the 2008-2009 Annual Design Competition.

Team 6_Team Photo

TEAM 7

Matthew Blau
Leslie Bunt
Courtney Whitten

EGGONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

Team 7 designed a unique rocket that met all requirements of launching an egg and landing it safely. This team was interviewed by the Huntsville Times and by the Alabama Public Television show "On the Job". The television crew filmed a successful launch and everyone was impressed! To view the show click here.

TEAM 8

Chris Dolberry
Brandon Hodges
Chris Shaw
Brannon Standridge

PI M^3

What can be said about this team except that they performed above and beyond the requirements set forth by the customers. This team designed a mobile Plastic Injection Machine cart. The customers were Mr. Steve Collins and Dr. Farrington (UAH Interim Dean of Engineering). Team 8 exceeded all expectations and exceeded the initial requirements.

Team 8_Photo1

Team 8_Photo2

Team 8_Photo3

Team 8_Team Photo

TEAM 9

Brett Ables
Greg Doud
Jeremy Krepps
Ron Marino

ASME MARS ROCKS!

Team 9 was impressive - from start to finish! Every task the team undertook was completed with excellence. Their robotic design incorporated an innovative rock collection device. This team was interviewed extensively by the host of the APT show "On The Job". The host took the controls of the robotic rover and immediatekly was able to maneuver the vehicle - this is a testament to the superior ergonomic design of the rover. Great job team 9!






FALL 2008

Section 1

TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS

DESIGN PROJECT

POSTERS, PICTURES, VIDEOS etc.

TEAM 1_A

Christopher Michael
Stephen Snoddy
Hollie Varner
Clinton Wann

OHISS BOOM DESIGN

Bom Design.

Team 1_A_Poster

TEAM 1_B

Joshua Kirkland
Ian Maddox
Fumiya Ono
Keith Southard

OHISS BOOM DEPLOYMENT

Boom Deployment.

Team 1_B_Poster

TEAM 2_A

Curt Andrews
Jesse Dougherty
Fuhito Fukazawa
Binyamin Qamruzzaman

OHISS BOOM DESIGN

Boom Design.

Team 2_A_Poster

TEAM 2_B

David Agnew
Casey Gray
Mason Karigan
Daniel Lewis

OHISS BOOM DEPLOYMENT

Boom Deployment.

Team 2_B_CAD Drawing

Team 2_B_CAD_Pallet Design

Team 2_B_Finte Element Analysis

Team 2_B_Poster

TEAM 3_A

Paul Burns
Patrick Giddens
Sheila Henstock
Seiya Shimizu

OHISS BOOM DESIGN

Boom Design

Team 3_A_CAD Drawing

Team 3_A_Poster

TEAM 3_B