Capturing the Historical Trend of Streamlining Cars in the Univ. of Hartford Wind Tunnel
This project was done as a part of MET 365, Fluid Mechanics I, Fall 2004. The fluid mechanics experiment was developed from an idea that the laboratory set-up could readily be outfitted and used and by students. The aerodynamics of cars throughout the 20th century was analyzed. This was done by testing a series of 1:18 scale sport cars from different years in a low-speed wind tunnel. A strut was designed and manufactured enabling interchangeability of models. The strut was mounted centrally on the test section floor, providing connectivity to the pyramidal balance system and enabling drag readings. Both qualitative and quantitative data were taken. During smoke flowfield visualizations the fog machine was positioned at the inlet of the wind tunnel. This provided streams of smoke in the tunnel test section, and the three dimensional flowfield was captured on digital camera. After flowfield visualizations, the drag force on the car models at the freestream velocities ranging from 40 to 160 mph was measured in increments of 10. Acquired data and accompanying analysis revealed that streamlined cars had lower drag coefficients.
Automated Bottle-filling Mechanism
This project was done by two interdisciplinary design teams made up of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering Technology students. The project was overseen by Professors Schuyler and Canistraro and was proposed and supported by a small business partner. The design teams designed and built a mechanism for filling long-neck glass bottles with a mixed media aggregate. This problem presented many unique design issues. Bottles had to be loaded independently, filled properly, and moved along.
Automated Frisbee Throwing Machine
This project was done in collaboration with Professors Schuyler (ECT) and Canistraro (MET) as a part of MET 482, Senor Design Project, Spring 2005. Automated Frisbee throwing machine was designed and built.
Design of an Experiment: Flow Past a Golf Ball
This project was done as a part of MET 365, Fluid Mechanics I, Fall 2003. Students were asked to develop an experiment from scratch using equipment and instrumentation they have seen or simple enough to have available. They have decided to study the aerodynamics of a golf ball at different free-stream velocities in reference to its surface conditions. After designing and manufacturing models and accompanying support, the drag measurements and three types of flow-field visualizations (smoke, smoke-wire and lampblack) were carried out in the University of Hartford low-speed wind tunnel facility.
Mine retrieving Robot
This project was done in collaboration with Professors Schuyler (ECT) and Canistraro (MET) as a part of MET 482, Senor Design Project, Fall 2003 and Spring 2004. Mine retrieving robot was designed and built by a team of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology (MET/EET) students as part of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Design challenge ‘Mine Madness.'
Hovercraft Design and Test
This project was done in collaboration with Professors Schuyler (ECT) as a part of MET 482, Senor Design Project, Spring 2003. Students were allowed to develop their own ideas, and they came up with a proposal to build a hovercraft. In addition to the participation on the UH Colloquium, instructors organized two public competitions between the teams.
Study of Delta Wings
This project was done as a part of Independent Study, Spring 2003. Student was exploring vortex dynamics of the flow over the delta wing and its technological relevance.