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Student Design Projects Description

2016-2017 Academic Year Department of
Chemical Engineering

Coordinator: Professor Angelo Lucia

Design all individual unit operations in the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) shown below as separate exercises. That is, perform independent designs for each of the following units:
1. The 2 ethylene chlorination reactors.
2. Thermal cracker.
3. Dichloroethane-water separator.
4. HCl-VCM separator.

1. Perform Aspen Plus simulations for the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) process shown below using the appropriate operating conditions discussed in class for the production of 1400 metric tons/day of 99.9 mol% VCM. You must include the HCl recycle stream as well as any other material recycle streams associated with any reaction and/or separation tasks.
2. Next revamp your process from part 1) by considering heat integration to reduce utility requirements (steam and cooling water).
3. Finally perform equipment sizing computations for all major pieces of equipment a) Reactors.
b) Separators.
c) Heat exchangers (e.g., reboilers, condensers).

1. Create a final heat integrated design for the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) process using the Aspen Plus simulator for the production of 1400 metric tons/day of 99.9 mol% VCM.
2. Provide a summary table with equipment sizes for all major pieces of equipment (reactors, separators, heat exchangers including reboilers and condensers)..
3. Provide a summary table of all utilities and include the amount (and percentage of utilities) saved by heat integration.
4. Finally determine direct and purchased equipment costs for all major pieces of equipment.

2016-2017 Academic Year Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Indoor Recreational Center (Tiverton, RI)
DiPrete Engineering has completed the engineering design and the project is currently under construction. This will help facilitate access to the architect plans, civil site, AutoCAD plans, etc. Students will also be able to observe site construction, soil test holes, etc.

The project involves:
• 123,000 sf footprint recreation building. Indoor recreation fields, 3 story mezzanine for activities and restaurant.
• Solar photovoltaic array on adjacent property within the industrial park
• Fish Road/Industrial Way Intersection redesign.

Engineering disciplines to address:
• Civil site: site design, building location, grading, cut and fill review, road horizontal vertical alignment, drainage , parking, utilities
• Civil: permitting- RIDEM freshwater wetlands, Tiverton sewer authority, Tiverton Planning board
• Civil structural: building structure
• Civil: sewer flow, sewer pump station design, sewer force main sizing
• Civil: water domestic and fire service: analysis, design
• Geotech: geotech report, structural fill, foundation design building, solar panels, retaining wall
• Transportation: parking lot design, truck and emergency vehicle turning radius, Industrial park trip generation estimate, intersection analysis, round about design
• Mechanical engineering (collaborate with Mechanical Capstone) power generation solar, heating requirements building
• Civil : site construction estimates
• Sustainability, leed

We have 3 full-time individuals who work on CVE 497/498, Prof. Leon Thiem, P.E., Mr. Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.LS., Vice President of DiPrete Engineering, and Mr. John Steere, P.E. as well as invited speakers from state regulatory agencies and consulting firms. The mentoring firms involved:
• GZA: geotech Russ Morgan, PE , Dianne Baxter, PE
• DiPrete Engineering: Len Bradley, PE
• Crossman Engineering: Steve Cabral, PE
• BETA Engineering: Paul Bannon, Kevin Aguiar, PE
• CDR Maguire- Joseph Cardello III, PE
• Pare Engineering: tim Thies, PE
• Gordon R. Archibald- Todd Ravenelle, PE

2016-2017 Academic Year Department of Electrical, Biomedical and Computer Engineering


Instructors: Ying Sun, Ph.D., Eugene Chabot, Ph.D., Jiang Wu, Ph.D.; BME Technician: Tanya Wang

Glaucoma Evaluation on Retinal Images with Embedded System

Height Measurements using Ultrasonic Waves
DiabeTECH- an Android application designed to monitor weight and the progression of foot ulcers in diabetic patients who have peripheral neuropathy
Efficiently Differentiating Intentional from Unintentional Blinking using Electrooculography
Testing Motion Detection With Tactile Sensors
Characterizing Ankle Proprioception with Embedded Sensor Balance Board
Optimal Facial Placement of Customized Wearable PPG Sensor for Pulse-rate Monitoring
HRAge: Determined through HRV by Valsalva Maneuver
Lil’ Rhody Riders
Tracking HealthCare Professional’s Hand Washing to Ensure Patient Safety
Tracking Patient Movement in a Hospital Environment by use of RFID
Magnetpeutics- to create a lightweight and comfortable Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation helmet that can be worn for extended periods of time in order to make therapy home based and more convenient for patients

Computer and Electrical

The following projects have Dr. Harish Sunak as the lead supervisor:

A Proximity Detection System - IGT Global Solutions Corporation
Bluetooth Controller Board - IGT Global Solutions Corporation
Hayward Smart Water Feature Valve - Hayward Pool Products
Acumentrics Easy Simple Network Management Protocol Application - Acumentrics Inc.
Dual Knife Rotary Sheeter Redesign - Maxson Automatic Machinery Company
Workflow Optimization for Industrial Software Applications - Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
ARM Based SD Card to FPGA Data Transfer Optimization - Bold Circuits LLC
Distributed Generation Direct Transfer Trip (DTT) - National Grid
Wireless Relay Module - Thermal Solution Resources, LLC
Fiber Optics Interface Control of High Voltage Equipment - Phoenix Electric Corporation
Design of an Accessory Low Cost Human Machine Interface (HMI) - Siemens Healthineers
Three Phase Motor Controller - Bay Computer Associates

The following individuals serve as the Technical Directors from the Industry sponsors:

Bruce Parkes: IGT
Raymond Leland: IGT
James Murdock: Hayward Industries
Peter Upczak: Acumentrics
Joe Matthews: Maxson Automatic
Jonathan Ohare: Hexagon Manufacturing
Mike Smith: Bold Circuits
Erica Salk: National Grid
Mikhail Sagal: Thermal Solution Resources
Sandro Silva: Phoenix Electric Corp.
Dave Durfee: Bay Computer
Thomas Lennon: Siemens

2016-2017 Academic Year Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Systems Engineering

(Sponsor-Project Title, Faculty Advisor(s))

1) Toray Plastics-America-Design of End Board Loading Station, B. Nassersharif
2) MagSeal Corporation- Design of magnetic seal gauging device, B. Nassersharif
3) MagSeal Corporation-Magnetic Seal Design Assessment & Improvements, B. Nassersharif
4) ChemArt-Design of Packaging Automation System, B. Nassersharif
5) HeroX Competition-Design of supplemental residential hot water system utilizing compost, B. Nassersharif and Z. Zhang
6) Amgen, Inc.-Design of Clean Room Material Handling Automation, B. Nassersharif
7) INSCO-Seal Stamping Process Design Improvements, B. Nassersharif
8) Los Alamos National Laboratory-Design of Safeguard Systems for Pu Assessment, B. Nassersharif
9) Los Alamos National Laboratory/International Atomic Energy Agency-Safeguards design for undersea nuclear reactor, B. Nassersharif
10) Los Alamos National Laboratory/International Atomic Energy Agency-Safeguards design for floating nuclear reactor, B. Nassersharif
11) Professor Faghri-Design of manufacturing process for lab on paper, B. Nassersharif and M. Faghri
12) HeroX Competition-Design of HVAC system flow measurement device, B. Nassersharif
13) Amtrol, Inc.-Design of plastic modular pump stand, B. Nassersharif
14) Neptune-Benson, Inc.-Design of filter media loader system, B. Nassersharif
15) Groov-Pin, Inc.-Design of digital experiments for engineered fasteners, B. Nassersharif and D. Taggart
16) Vibco, Inc.-Design of devices for measurement and control of structural concrete vibrator, B. Nassersharif
17) SIMULIA-Design of 3-D printed Scoliosis Braces, B. Nassersharif and D. Taggart
18) Hasbro, Inc.-Design of toy drones, B. Nassersharif
19) Hexagon, Inc.-Design of automated mechanized ball bar fixture, B. Nassersharif
20) Eaton Corporation-Design of predictive models for carbon characterization in seals, B. Nassersharif, D. Meyer
21) Ken Howes-Design of an electric trike, B. Nassersharif
22) Raytheon, Inc.-Design of cable management devices for dense electronic cabinets, B. Nassersharif
23) Raytheon, Inc.-Design of EMI/thermally conductive component shields using special rapid prototype composite materials, B. Nassersharif
24) Maxson Automatic Machinery, Inc.- Design of dual knife rotary paper cutter system, B. Nassersharif
25) Professor Nassersharif-Design of a new and innovative amphibious drone II, B. Nassersharif

Industrial & Systems

The Following Projects have Dr. Manbir Sodhi as the lead supervisor. Mr. Robert Wilson (graduate, URI 1962), previously a design engineer at Pratt and Whitney Jet Engine Division is a co-advisor for all projects

1. Tiffanys Robotics: Design of a robotics assisted parts placement process for manufacturing improvement.
2. Tiffanys Layout: Facilities layout for a future design facility in the Dominician Republic for product design and extension to manufacturing.
3. Glencore Recycling Design: Design of and selection of equipment for electronics end of life goods recycling and metals recovery.
4. Dartex Coatings: A New Product Application Selection process to explore manufacturing and market opportunities for coated fabrics.
5. Taco Comfort Systems: An interface system between design and sales to document component and system capabilities for advanced heating and cooling systems developed by Taco.
6. Custom Molding Products: Development of 3D printing based manufacturing processes for casting polyurethanes and for continuous casting of tubing.
7. Frito Lay Layout Design: Development of work and layout procedures for special product shipping for Frito Lay at their Killingly Facility in Connecticut.

2016-2017 Academic Year Department of Ocean Engineering

Understanding and predicting beach erosion along the southern coast of Rhode Island
Faculty advisors: S. Grilli, A. Grilli, and R. Hashemi

Problem Statement: Nearly 40% of the US population lives in the coastal zone, and can be affected by storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion. Studies suggest that the long-term rate of sandy beach erosion are orders of magnitude larger than that of sea level rise (SLR). Some shorelines of the southern coast of RI are retreating at a rate of 1 meter per year (Fig. 1). Despite the importance of this issue, there is no tool to predict the erosion rates or response of the beaches in this area to storms based on the environmental forcing (wave climate, sediment budget).

Design and Testing of an Acoustic Surveying - Autonomous Surface Vehicle (AS-ASV)
OCE-495/6 Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Dr. Harold “Bud” Vincent

This project will focus on the design and testing of an ASV for the specific mission of Acoustic Surveying. The project will utilize the existing Propane-Electric Hybrid Catamaran ASV initiated under the URI Research Development Grant in 2014-2015 (see photo below).
The project focus will be on an open, flexible and extensible design of the system to support both active and passive sonar surveys as well as acoustic positioning and navigation. Such a design will facilitate use of the ASV as a surveying platform as well as a development and testing platform for new acoustic system concepts. Examples of these new concepts include Synthetic Aperture Sub-Bottom Profiling and Mobile Underwater Acoustic Control of AUV’s. Key design constraints will be provided to the students.

Title: Using laser vibrometers to measure vibration of marine sediments, soils and ice
Faculty advisors: Prof. Gopu R. Potty and Prof. James H. Miller

Laser vibrometers remotely sense surface vibrations and are useful in a variety of engineering problems in ocean, land and space environments. Profs. Potty and Miller have been using a commercial off the shelf (COTS) laser for measuring interface waves on land, at sea and the laboratory.

Spaulding, Baxter, Swanson
Storm surge and sea level rise are significant challenges facing coastal communities, and the Misquamicut Beach community is one of the most vulnerable communities in the State to flooding and storm damage (Figure 1). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently conducted an economic risk assessment of Misquamicut involving different mitigation strategies such as barriers (e.g. revetments, artificial dunes) and incentivizing elevation of homes.

TITLE: Design of an Underwater Acoustic Positioning System

Vincent, Hu

This project will focus on the design of an underwater acoustic positioning system. The system will consist of two parts. Surface buoys integrated with GPS receivers that will transmit wide bandwidth acoustic signals. Subsurface receivers on underwater vehicles that will process the surface transmitted signals to precisely determine the submerged location. A key component of the project will be the transducer design, which must be optimized for high efficiency over a wide band coupled with an ability to form and steer a desired beam.