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Currently when taking water, soil, and air samples, someone must physically go to a location to take a sample. Depending on the project, samples need to be taken multiple times a day or at a certain frequency. Our solution to this problem is to create a mechanism/mechanisms attachable to a drone body, which can gather soil, air, and water samples without contamination. This would eliminate much of the travel and time required to take samples in cases such as sampling water from a high mountain lake. It could also enable sampling in cases where it is unsafe for a human to do so, such as in chemical accidents or military applications.

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We are developing a physical simulator for avalanches to be used by the Utah Avalanche

Center. This simulator is a semi-automated board that demonstrates how avalanches work using variables such as slope angle, snowpack, anchors, and triggers. The board will be used by educators from the Utah Avalanche Center as they travel to public schools and other locations to spread avalanche awareness. Key points to the board are its ability to raise itself to slope angles between 0-45 degrees, trigger an avalanche made of two types of snowpack layers (represented by sand and chalk), and the ability to separate the two snow materials for re-use.

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The project is a bike powered by hydraulic system. In this project we have three main objectives: sprint race, efficiency challenge, endurance challenge. So, in order we meet these objectives, we had to discuss several options for mean functions. Then we finally decided on a classic bike that is a single-rider which is easy to find in the local market, with two wheels for less friction and weight. This bike can carry hydraulic components behind rider, so it does not impede riders’ leg while biking. Pedal will be used for pumping the fluid in hydraulic system. I wanted here to point that we started this project from scratch, meaning, no bike was used from previous projects or groups, so we bought a brand new bike that within our budget, and based on the specification we are looking for, it was manually assembled.

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The goal of this project is to design, develop, and test an air foil that will be used to lift a hover bike. The idea is to design the airfoil in any way that works, such as the ground effect, using Bernoulli’s equation, or use a cushion of air to lift this foil off the ground. The end goal is to test a foil in CFD software, and then make a scale model to test in a wind tunnel.

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Transportation creates a lot of noise and reducing that noise is important in packed urban environments. We will design a cavern or series of caverns that can be built next to some sort of transportation that will reduce that noise without removing the view. The size, shape, and spacing of these caverns will be determined by the frequency of the sound waves as well as testing in Abaqus.

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A major limitation in the use of drones is the battery life. Before a drone can be used for long, it must return to a place to recharge. We designed an inductance coil and perching mechanism that allows a hexacopter to mount a power line and charge its battery which overcomes this shortcoming. Our prototype demonstrates the ability for a drone to dock with a power line and charge itself while being light enough to hold other lightweight modules. The project began with another team last year whose preliminary design focused on the calculations for the appropriate drone base. Our approach improves last years approach by closing the docking mechanism faster, producing more power, and being lighter.

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The objective of the self charging battery is to design and construct a piezoelectric based battery cell that generates a charge when subjected to a change in temperature. Two different styles of battery cell will be designed and constructed, a disk cell and a cuvette cell. Each cell will have current collectors, an airtight seal, and incorporate a heating element that will cause a controlled change in temperature to generate an electrical charge within the piezoelectric material.

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There is a rising number of active people in need of oxygen supplementation (COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, COVID-19). There is currently a huge unmet need for oxygen supplementation options for active patients, and the options available are outdated with several flaws. Such flaws include the design of the oxygen storage unit (active backpack) and the need to accurately adjust their oxygen. Our project aims to 1) develop an autonomous oxygen control system that adjusts to the patient’s blood oxygen levels, and 2) create an improved oxygen unit housing backpack that is ergonomic, lightweight, and does not cause discomfort or jounce during intense exercise. These objectives will enable said patients to maintain an active lifestyle with fewer limitations and without worries of becoming hypoxic or running out of oxygen.

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Due to increases in the use of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, traditional power plants are running into new challenges. We are working with PacifiCorp to overcome challenges they are facing with one of their large steam turbines. The power output of renewable energy is dependent on many factors, like wind speed for light intensity. With varying power coming from renewable energy sources, the steam turbine must also vary its power output to meet power demands. This specific turbine was originally built to run at 100% capacity all of the time. However, to fill in the demand not supplied by renewables, the turbine must sometimes operate at loads as low as 20% capacity. This causes undesirable flow conditions within the turbine that induce excessive blade vibrations and unnecessary wear and tear. Our project is focused on creating a sensor array using pitot tubes and thermocouples to monitor the flow conditions at the outlet of the turbine. This device will allow PacifiCorp engineers to monitor the flow conditions within the turbine and determine when undesirable flow arises, which will allow them to quickly change the turbine operation to prevent damage.

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Design Day Fall 2019

Moran Global Outreach Exam Table

Automated Aeroponics

Robotic Arm

Off-Road Walker

Low Cost Infusion Pump