bergey-aerospace-cougar-ame On July 14, 2017, the Bergey Aerospace BA-14-001 “COUGAR” conducted its first flight from the local Max Westheimer airport marking the start of its flight test program, and the continuation of a project that has been with the University of Oklahoma’s College of Engineering School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering for nearly two decades.

Well-known as one of the original designers of the Piper Cherokee, retired AME professor and president of Bergey Aerospace, Karl H. Bergey, first envisioned the high-cruise-speed, 4-seat, propeller-driven aircraft in the 1990’s as an enhanced Piper Arrow capable of a true 200 mph or greater cruise speed. He solicited the help of OU engineering students over the years to complete the design, construction and now test flights of the aircraft.

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According to Jawanza Bassue, volunteering project engineer and 2017 OU AME M.S. graduate, “The COUGAR has and continues to be a teaching tool for Oklahoma’s students – not just at the OU College of Engineering but, for life-long-learners (including OKC MetroTech Aviation Campus students) who have volunteered their time and efforts to see the aircraft to this point – I thank them all for what we’ve done together.” He recognizes the recent contributions of Jet Black Machine, Quality Aircraft Accessories, the FAA (especially the contributions of OU AME Board Member and  Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center Director Michelle Coppedge), the OU Information Technology Department and the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering. “It’s my hope that the College of Engineering will find more great ways for our students to benefit from having this platform available. I’m interested in hearing what the OU COE community has in mind for continued student involvement in this project – true course credit for flight test engineering-related activities and the opportunity to build another aircraft are all entirely possible. It’s not everyday students and volunteers get to take some credit for getting a 3000 lb, 35 ft wide aircraft airborne and we should be very proud of that.”

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The aircraft was displayed at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fly-in September 8-9 in Norman at the Max Westheimer Airport – an event that was open to the public and drew thousands of aviation enthusiasts as well as other airshows from across the Nation. For updates and information follow the Bergey Aerospace Facebook page or visit www.bergeyaero.com.


Written by: Jawanza Bassue

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AME alumni:
Your school needs your help! The Mechanical Engineering Capstone program has grown in size tremendously in recent years, and we are in need of additional industry sponsored projects to support our large student cohort for Spring 2018.
 
For many years, our capstone program has collaborated with industry sponsors, like you, to provide “real-life” industry projects for our seniors to complete during their final semester in school. These projects allow our students to successfully demonstrate a variety of skills that future employers prize: analysis, design, teamwork and communication skills to name a few. Ideally, the project will feature some elements of a design process and be suited for a team of 3-5 members for a period of 15 weeks. We are also interested in interdisciplinary projects that may involve industrial or electrical engineers as well.
 
If you believe your company may be able to assist us, please contact Dr. Chris Dalton at cdalton@ou.edu.

bass-family-bike-project-ame-2The Bass Family asked the team to find a way to allow their son, Titus, who is physical and mentally handicapped, to participate with their other son, Tobias, in the cycling portion of a triathlon. It is Tobias’ dream to be the youngest person to complete the Ironman triathlon while accompanied by a disabled partner.

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After meeting with the Bass Family and researching several ideas, the team decided to follow through with a sidecar design for Tobias’ bike. The sidecar includes a steel frame, fiberglass nose shell, and arms that can detach from the frame of the bike. The fiberglass nose shell is connected to the front of the sidecar frame by hinges, allowing the shell to open and close. This will make loading Titus in the sidecar an easy task.

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The sidecar is attached to the frame of the bike with attaching arms that have clamps at the end. These clamps allow the user to attach and detach the sidecar. The position of the third wheel of the sidecar is also adjustable. The height and lateral position of the third wheel can be adjusted using similar clamps. A 3D model of the sidecar frame was designed in SolidWorks. Several loading simulations were performed on the frame using ANSYS to ensure safety. The results of the FEA showed that under the loading conditions, the sidecar frame would remain a safe option for Titus. Tests on the actual prototype were also done by the team.

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Again, the results showed that the sidecar was safe. The sidecar designed and manufactured by the team provides Titus and Tobias a light-weight and low-cost solution to their initial problem.

 

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The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is excited to announce our new faculty member, Dr. Jie Cai.

Dr. Jie Cai holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Mathematics. In 2015, he obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University with a focus on multi-agent control for building energy system management. Prior to joining OU, Dr. Cai was a postdoctoral research associate with Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at Purdue University and also held a 50% appointment with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Within the postdoc appointment, he has been leading several industry- and DOE-funded projects related to whole-building fault detection and using building energy systems for power grid ancillary services.

His research focus has centered around modeling and advanced controls of building energy systems and their broad applications, including grid-interactive building operation, optimized control for variable-speed air-conditioning/heat pump systems, distributed control of sustainable communities, etc. He is excited about joining AME at OU and he is looking forward to working with the students, staff and other researchers at OU in establishing a vigorous building energy research program. He is hoping to see that the research work to be carried out at OU will contribute to a more sustainable and resilient society.

Why OU?
OU is a diverse community offering excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and it has close physical proximity to leading HVAC manufacturers.

What are you most looking forward to working at OU’s AME?
Working with the smart students, supportive staff members and world-class researchers to establish a vigorous research program.

Interesting facts about Jie Cai:

  • Enthusiastic in hearing ideas from different fields
  • Loves outdoor activities, especially fishing
  • Big fan of math

Hometown:
Gaomi, Shandong Province, China

Sooner athletes visited the Sooner Racing Team to experience what it is like to be on the team!

Check out the full-length video.

The Sooner Off-Road team competed in SAE Baja, an international vehicle design competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The team competed against more than 100 teams from around the world to design and create an off-road vehicle accepted for manufacture by a fictitious firm. The project simulated a real-world engineering design project that involved planning, designing, manufacturing, testing, generating financial support, and working with team members who have diverse academic backgrounds.

The 2016-2017 team finished 36th place overall out of 110 teams at the 2017 Kansas competition, which is two consecutive years of double-digit improvement in final placement.  The team achieved a personal best performance in the suspension event, finishing in 6th place, and dramatic improvements in both the acceleration (30th place) and maneuverability (30th )place) events.  The team successfully finished the four-hour endurance race for the second consecutive year.

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Front Row, L to R: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Zac Watkins, Haley Ricks Back Row, L to R: Bryson Simer, Richard Perry, Chris Bilings, Dr. Chris Dalton, Bradley Alex, Evan Stone (captain), Matt Muhlinghause, Mr. Jimmy Cannon

 

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering held the annual Senior Design Poster Fair on May 4, 2017. Thirty-eight student teams presented the capstone posters to a panel of judges, who are alumni of AME and industry professionals. The judges determine the overall high scores and the winners of each respective category: interdisciplinary, prototype, studies, testing and vehicle.
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Overall 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 2nd Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Overall 3rd place
“Stator Build Process Lean-Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Overall 4th place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Overall 5th place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Samuel Faux, Zachary Maxwell, Wesley Reynolds, Ryan Miller, Connor Millican
Sponsor: OU                    Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Paint Booth/Hangar Pressure Drop Electronic Monitoring”
Student Team: Andrew Nantze, Ian Wright
Sponsor: GCoE/OC-ALC            Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Stator Build Process Lean Out”
Student Team: Juliana Shindler, Grant Brann
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Interdisciplinary Project Outstanding Group 3rd Place
“Process Documentation Lean Out”
Student Team: Dami Ajijolaiya, Maggy Chestnut, Hiep Chuong, Kaleo Cook, Pablo Mayen
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas            Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Development of an iHub Robotic Tourguide”
Student Team: Nathan Smith, Eric Gaskell, Nour Belbekri, Hunter Bonham, John Collette, Alejandro Dasi
Sponsor: Innovation Hub           Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Prototype Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Method/means to Track Web on Centerline in Real Time”
Student Team: Drew Walther, Patrick Ahearn, Ann Marie Berryhill, Caleb Monigold, Joshua Blaine
Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark           Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Surfboard”
Student Team: Beau Bellamy, Brandon Groh, Andres Perilla, Cameron Fielden
Sponsor: Dr. Stalford                     Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Bearing Machine Upgrade to Include Sensing Elements and Capability to Evaluate Thrust Bearing”
Student Team: James Roecker, Jacob Bertelli, Blaise Newman, Russell Vanecek
Sponsor: Baker Hughes                 Advisor: Dr. Stalford

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“RCD Re-Engineering RCD-IS and Test Design”
Student Team: Thomas O’Connor, Carter David, Jacquelyn Ogle, Kenni Bui
Sponsor: Weir               Advisor: Dr. Mistree

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Studies Project Outstanding Group Tied for 3rd Place
“Conceptual Design Alternatives to the Current Compression Tube Design”
Student Team: Robert Dooman, Cole Lindley, William Nelson, Dominic Scott
Sponsor: GE Oil & Gas               Advisor: Dr. Hekiri

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Rotary Electro-Mechanical System”
Student Team: Hassan AlDarwish, Saeed Alzaki, Kevin Song, Calhoun John, Mansur Brandon
Sponsor: Schlumberger                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Testing Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Increasing the Performance of Li-Ion Batteries by Employing Transition Metal-Oxide Films Prepared in Flames”
Student Team: Miles Burnett, Kirsten Perry, Octavio Mejia, Edvin Coyoy Lopez, Bohan Yu
Sponsor: Dr. Merchan-Merchan                 Advisor: Dr. Siddique

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 1st Place
“Sooner Off Road”
Student Team: Ryan Hill, Kelsey Chofey, Bryson Simer, Jon Moore
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Dalton

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Vehicle Project Outstanding Group 2nd Place
“Sooner Racing Team”
Student Team: Zack Maxwell, Wes Reynolds, Sam Faux, Connor Millican, Ryan Miller
Sponsor: OU                Advisor: Dr. Siddique

AT&T hosted the Sooner Rover Team at their offices in Dallas, TX on April 21, 2017. AME Board Member and AT&T Assistant VP of Technology Monica Browning Mitchell invited the team to tour the operations and labs in Plano, TX and to have lunch at the AT&T headquarters.

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The team had lunch with CEO Randall Stephenson, Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan and President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.

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Back Row: Robert Kunkel, Brent Wolf, Randall Stephenson (CEO ATT), Dane Scholen, Bill Doyle, Aaron Condreay, Alex Borgerding, Ashley Findley Front Row: John Donovan (ATT Chief Strategy Officer), Zachary Zurkowski, Cory Laxton, Oskar Paredes, Jacob Jordan, Melissa Arnoldi (ATT President, Technology Dev), David Miller

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After lunch, the Sooner Rover Team traveled to Plano to explore the social media operations center and labs. The lab makes use of 3D printing and some forward-thinking engineering skills.

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The Design Build Fly Crimson Skies team finished sixth out of 95 teams at the AIAA DBF competition in Tuscon, Arizona this year! The team finished all missions and received many compliments from judges and competitors on the novelty of their inflatable fabric wing.

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SpaceX, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Textron, and Northrop Grumman were just a few of the companies on-site recruiting.   A SpaceX recovery systems employee was particularly interested in our inflatable wing and came by our work tent several times to chat with students.

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According to the DBF rules, Student teams had to design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft that could best meet the specified mission profile. The goal was to have a balanced design possessing well-demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.

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The objective for this year’s competition was to design a tube-launched UAV. The UAV must fit complete inside the launch tube, which also acts as the UAV handling and storage container. The launch tube must protect the UAV from damage during normal handling and storage. Upon removal of the UAV from the launch tube, all folded or stowed surfaces or features must move into the flight condition. Teams had to design a UAV and launch tube that minimizes system weight while maximizing speed, range, endurance and payload capacity.

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DBF Crimson Skies tested multiple designs before creating the successful “Batwing II,” which is the given name of their winning aircraft.

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On April 19, 2017, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) OU section elected their new officers for the 2017-2018 school year. Many of the busy mechanical and aerospace engineering members of ASME took time out of their schedules to participate in the election. There was a great variety of candidates who ran for positions and participated in many positive discussions. With great ambitions for growing the OU section next year, the candidates shared their ideas during the elections. After elections were completed, they immediately convened for a brief introductory meeting.  OU ASME recently spent a great amount of effort over the past academic year to foster greater engagement and a higher involvement on campus.  The new officers seek to heighten the presence of ASME both on a school and college level and hope to do more for its members. The new officer group hit the ground running with continuing events, including a tech talk with Chevron and joint study night with OU American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Sam Tran Secretary (junior), Angel Szymanski Records Chair (freshman), Josh Scherrer Competitions Chair (junior), Clayton Smith Vice-Chair (junior, returning officer) , Janella Clary Chair (junior, returning officer), Shihui Liu Company Outreach Chair (sophomore), Aubrey Carr Engagement Chair (sophomore), Emily Sharp Treasurer (junior).

 


Written by: Clayton Smith, OU ASME Vice-Chair (2016-2017)

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