Undergraduate Research

Title of Project Group Members Date Project Description
Designing a new weight lifting clip
  • Steven Feyedelem
  • Robert Mitman
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 We are designing and building a new, more user friendly, and cost effective weight lifting clamp. We hope our clamp will outperform traditional, low quality spring clamps while also being more cost effective than the expensive, current alternatives. Our project will consist of building and testing multiple prototype designs. We will choose the best performer and modify the part to maximize performance.  SeniorProjectP01
Soap pump dispenser system design
  • Stephen Hostutler
  • Daniel Bolovan
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 The purpose of this project is to design a system for the filling of liquid soap containers.  The design is for United Disability Services (UDS), so it had a few conditions it had to meet. First, it had to be as inexpensive as possible. Second, it had to be able to prevent as much human error as possible.  UDS employs disabled people, so we had to design a system that would fill the bottles without spillage or possibility of error.  We used a scale that was activated by a simple button switch, and then a lever switch would shut the valve when the specified weight was reached.  SeniorProjectP02
High-voltage battery pack for electric FSAE race car
  • Trevin Hartzler
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 This battery pack is designed for an Electric Formula SAE race car. The technical specifications of the pack are defined in EV3.4 of the 2016 Formula SAE rulebook. The mass of the pack should be as close to the mass of the 216 LiPo cells as possible. The cells must be separated into multiple easily removable and serviceable lower-voltage segments.  SeniorProjectP03
Designing nano drones with hybrid structural energy storage
  • Kyle Leifhert
  • Joseph Dejacimo
  • Jared Cornett
  • Annie Klindworth
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 The Advanced Energy and Sensor Lab has been working to develop a functioning flow battery that replaces today’s solid batteries. This project involved redesigning an existing radio controlled hexacopter to allow it to act as a compatible housing for the small flow battery in addition to structurally support the hexacopter’s mechanical and electrical components.  SeniorProjectP04
Designing new housing for fuel cell sensors to minimize fuel leakage
  • Zachary Wysocki
  • Isaiah William
  • Matthew Jost
  • Lucas Barker
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Our project involved the research and development of a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell assembly.  Our primary design process consisted of designing the housing system of a fuel cell with the goal of minimizing leaks and maximizing performance. Utilizing a prototype of the housing design, a series of tests on the PEM sensor component of the fuel cell assembly were conducted to analyze the developed sensor.  SeniorProjectP05
Optimization of Formula SAE Electric Vehicle Frame with Finite Element Analysis
  • Alex Prorok
Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 This project focused on optimizing a Formula SAE Frame using FEA software. Dozens of alternate 2D front, sides and rear configurations were trialed.  Iterations were done to determine ideal size proportions, and several materials were considered. Preliminary Beam Element analysis was done with SOLIDWORKS, and the final analysis was completed with ABAQUS. This optimization saved 32% on members and 17% on weight.  SeniorProjectP06
Impact attenuator for formula electric vehicle
  • Fitim Musahu
Summer 2015 – Fall 2015 This project covered the impact attenuator, which is located in the front of the designed electric formula vehicle. An impact attenuator (IA) is a deformable, energy absorbing device whose purpose is to reduce the damage to the vehicle as well as ensure the drivers’ safety in case of a collision. The impact attenuator designed is to make sure it meets and/or exceeds all FSAE standards.  SeniorProjectP07
Electrochemical sensor fabrication and testing
  • Tony Romito
Summer 2015 – Fall 2015 Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) with solid polymer electrolyte were fabricated and tested with the goals of maximizing current density while increasing the cost effectiveness of developing the PEMFC.  Nafion was utilized as the solid polymer electrolyte for all experimental runs.  Electrodes with different catalyst loadings were used for the anode and cathode of each fabricated sensor.  SeniorProjectP08
Designing low cost and modern rims for vehicles
  • Heather Perod
  • Michael Massaro
  • Matthew Massaro
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 In this project, we decided to design low cost and modern looking rims, which have the same performance of available rims in market. During this project, after gathering various available rim shapes and their characteristics, several new rims are drawn by SOLIDWORKS and analyzed and optimized by COMSOL software (stress and fatigue analyses). We also studied the interactions between these rims and the tire.  SeniorProjectP09
Designing heat sinks for effective cooling of lithium-ion battery packs in electric vehicles
  • Evan Foreman
  • Samuel Endrizzi
  • Aaron Jackson
  • Chris Remington
  • Dylan Irvine
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 The objective of this project was to design an efficient fluid cooled heat sink for lithium-ion battery packs in electric vehicles. Our goal was to keep the battery temperate in the optimum range while minimizing additional weight, size and cost. Heat flux and temperature data for a commercial li-ion battery was recorded at high charge and discharge rates.  We used COMSOL software to model the heat generation in this li-ion battery and to simulate the heat dissipation when several heat sink designs were employed. The optimum material, heat sink geometry, and fluid flow conditions were established.  SeniorProjectP10SeniorProjectP11
Formula electric SAE, heat transfer analysis of braking system and rotor design for vehicle
  • Nick Galbincea
Fall 2014 – spring 2015 The objective of this project was to design a braking system for the 2015 University of Akron’s FSAE formula electric vehicle. The system is based on hydraulic braking and designed for a one man performance racing vehicle. This system is to convert the kinetic energy of the vehicle into thermal energy, allowing the vehicle to decelerate optimally and safely. The design includes three major categories: calculation and evaluation of the hydraulic system in order to select calipers and master cylinders, the design of the pedal box, and the design of the rotors.  SeniorProjectP12
Designing fuel cell and battery operated equipment for underground mines for reducing ventilation load
  • Rob Weise
  • Andrew Rodaites
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 In this project we determine the amount of energy and money saved if a battery system is used instead of a diesel motor, and how long the battery system would take to pay for itself based on the savings. We also present the methods and calculations for determining whether a fuel cell or battery energy solution will be superior to a diesel engine for an underground mine vehicle.  SeniorProjectP13
Pilot-chute improvement and optimization
  • Adam Ghannoum
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 The aim of this project was to examine a critical part of the parachute deployment system known as the pilot chute and its performance in the sub-terminal freefall environment. We used fluid dynamic principles to design a prototype and investigate how design correlates to performance. We focused on the drag force, inflation characteristics and post inflation stability, due to their direct connection with deployment quality of the main parachute. We controlled dimensions, materials and construction of the pilot chute and evaluated the velocity in simulation & physical testing.  SeniorProjectP15
Computer design and analysis of shell and tube heat exchangers for minimization of pressure drop
  • James Hayes
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Multiple simulations were run using COMSOL to investigate how different baffle arrangements and sizes affect the rate of heat transfer in a shell-and-tube heat exchanger.  With the number and size of baffles chosen, an optimal baffle layout was chosen that provides a high heat transfer rate and relatively low pressure drop.  SeniorProjectP14