The Mechanical Engineering Pre-Capstone project revolves around a central semester-long, team-based project. This project is designed to provide students with the opportunity to act as junior engineers exploring solutions to a complex, multi-level, and competency-building problem. This experiential learning provides the basis on which competencies will be further developed for students entering their Capstone project.
This year’s task is to design, build and test a system capable of converting wind energy into some more useful form of energy and then store this energy in some compact, transportable module. The wind source will be represented by a household electric fan, and the energy modules must be used to propel a vehicle, carrying large payload around a track.
Students are actively at work this semester and eager to complete the task at hand!
Mechanical Engineer senior, Adam Kordsiemon, gives us an insight to his groups journey at tackling this year’s Pre-Capstone project.
Boomer Rocket Team (BRT) and the Design Build Fly Team (DBF) are going head-to-head in launching our Thousands Strong Campaigns. Thousands strong is OU’s own fundraiser program where alumnae and OU supporters can directly help OU programs. Both campaigns go live on Monday, November 19, 2018! Both teams have a goal to raise $5000 and need support to get them to competition. This year, to make things interesting, both teams are racing to see who can raise the most in 30 days! Check out the Thousands Strong Pages and please consider donating or sharing either campaign with your family, friends, and colleagues!
The Boomer Rocket Team is a student-run team at the University of Oklahoma. BRT has been an amazing avenue to teach students about rocketry and space through research, competition and in a capstone class for senior aerospace engineers. In May 2019, the team will be heading to Kansas to compete in the Argonia Cup, previously won by OSU for two years running. This year, We are bringing our A-game to take the Cup, but we can only do this with your support! To learn more and to contribute to the BRT campaign, check out the Boomer Rocket Team campaign page: http://bit.ly/2K7wAwq
The Design Build Fly Team has been a cornerstone of the aerospace engineering program at OU for over 20 years. DBF provides opportunities for students to explore different aspects of aeronautical engineering, from their underclassmen years through to Capstone for seniors. In April 2019, the team will be heading to Tucson, AZ to compete in the AIAA international DBF Competition. With two top-ten finishes in the past three years, we are hoping to secure OU’s first podium finish. We will make sure we design a winning airplane, we need your help to get it to competition. To learn more and to contribute to the DBF campaign, check out the Design Build Fly campaign page: https://thousandsstrong.ou.edu/project/12284
AME Senior Rosa Lopez was awarded 1st place for a non-life science poster presentation at the 24th LSAMP Research Symposium at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,OK. on Novemeber 3rd. Rosa has been working with assistant professor Yingtao Lui since spring 2017 and has received multiple undergraduate research awards, including the LSAMP award and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) award.
Rosa’s research focuses on the development development of self-deployable shape memory epoxy and composites for the design of next generation solar sail structures. She has developed novel flexible composites using shape memory epoxy and structural fiber fabrics. The shape memory composites can fully recover from highly bent and twisted shape back to their original shape within a minute and are controlled by electrical resistance heating methods.
Six students have been selected to receive a Gallogly College of Engineering Dissertation Excellence Award for $5,000. Jelena Milisavljevic and Anand Balu Nellippallil advised by Farrokh Mistree and Janet Allen, Madhumitha Ramachandran advised by Zahed Siddique, and Mehrad Amirkhosravi and Maya Pishvar advised by Cengiz Altan.
Mehrad Amirkhosravi is currently a Ph.D. candidate at AME working as a research assistant in the Composite Manufacturing Labratory under Dr. Cengiz Altan. He is on track to compete his doctoral studies by Spring of 2019 and is very thankful for this award.
“I believe this generous support will provide a better atmosphere for me and reduce my financial concerns, thus helping me to focus on my research and career goals in the last year of my Ph.D.” – Amirkhosravi
Another one of Altan’s students, Maya Pishvar is also working on her Ph.D. candidacy in Mechanical Engineering with an interest in processing science of polymeric composites. This scholarship is helping her achieve her educational goals by allowing her to alleviate financial stress and spend more time finishing her dissertation.
“In addition, receiving this award increased my feeling of accountability towards completing my degree.” -Pishvar
Ph.D. Student Madhumitha Ramachandran’s dissertation focuses on the developement of data-driven approaches for condition monitoring, real-time prognostics and fault detection of dynamic seals in oil and gas applications.
“This award will supplement my research stipend and provide flexibility build broader theoretical perspectives to address challenges in oil and gas industry with respect to dynamic seals. Also, it has lightened my financial stress which would allow me to focus more on publishing my scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals.” – Madhumitha
Gaylord student Victor Pozadas filmed and created a video on Dr. Chung-Hao Lee’s research. The video encompasses the work that Lee has been conducting with students in his lab. His research focuses on cardiovascular biomedical modeling and working with biological tissues and patient-specific modeling for improved diagnosis.
The goal of this current project is to take a patient specific geometry and put it into this model to figure out what treatment would work best for the patient. They are able to show how therapeutics effect the mechanics. The students said that it is really amazing to be able to work on a heart since mechanical engineers typically work with steel.
Thank you to Victor Pozadas for filming Dr. Lee’s work for others to see.
AME and ISE researchers Farrokh Mistree and Janet K. Allen released a monograph containing a fail-safe supply network that is designed to mitigate the impact of variations and disruptions on people and corporations. Mistree and Allen co-direct the Systems Realizations Laboratory at OU, which focuses on collaborative research in intelligent decision-based realizations of complex social systems. Ultimately, this work is aimed at educating strategic engineers.
In this monograph, they propose a framework, develop mathematical models and provide examples of a fail-safe supply network design. This is achieved by developing a network structure to mitigate the impact of disruptions that distort the network structure and planning flow through the network to neutralize the effects of variations.
The researchers asses current thinking at different levels of management within a network. The strategy revolves around 5 elements: reliability, robustness, flexibility, structural controllability, and resilience. Organizations can use the framework presented in this monograph to manage variations and disruptions. Managers can select the best operational management strategies for their supply networks considering variations in supply and demand and identify the best network restoration strategies. The framework is generalizable to other complex engineered networks.
The monograph was published October 15th, 2018 and is available for purchase here:
AME was one of the selected schools to be featured on the TECAID Webiste with WEPAN. This website focuses on transforming engineering culture to advance inclusion and diversity. TECAID is an active program in which engineers can learn about the environment they are in, while learning about their skills and knowledge. They focus on how to create the best personalized experience for their engineers.
We are now highlighted in multiple Webinars (2 and 3) along with a photo of the OU team. An interview was done with our director, Dr. Zahed Saddique. The interview can be found at this link: https://www.wepan.org/mpage/TECAID_MechEngDepts
We would like thank Phil Dineen who served as TECAID’s web designer and ASME who provided funds to make these final updates possible.
For 24 hours on Tuesday the University of Oklahoma hosted Giving Day, a campus wide fundraiser to help our students and programs! Overall the University raised $477,764 through 2,123 gifts.
The engineering department raised $96,100 with 459 gifts and AME’s own ambassador, Rebeka Morales yielded the most gifts university wide. AME had an encouraging message from Dr. Saddique to get the donations started and a donation center in the Hitachi Conference room where students could donate between classes.
AME would like to thank everyone who donated to support our amazing student teams! They have big goals and with your support that are even closer to reaching them.
Thank you to our challenge from Michelle Coppedge who matched $1000 after we raised $1000 and another $1000 after we obtained 30 total gifts.
This past Friday, AME had the honor of observing a presentation from Auburn professor Russell W. Mailen Ph.D. Mailen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace engineering at Auburn University. His research focuses on the time-dependent properties of polymers, polymer composites, and computational modeling of shape memory polymers.
His presentation was over Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of Light Stimulated Shape Memory Polymer Sheets. In general, he is researching self-folding systems that use heat to cause motion. His research objectives include:
Formulating and implementing a coupled thermo-mechanical model into a 3D nonlinear finite element framework
Model material recovery in response to heat. (Validate model through uniform shrinkage and Demonstrate hinged folding which is critical for self-folding origami)
Generalize model for different coupled thermal and mechanical loading conditions to obtain optimized origami structures (Optimize structures by control of thermos-mechanical response to external stimuli)
Thanks to Professor Yingtao Liu who reached out to Mailen to come to OU and thanks to him for an interesting and dynamic presentation!
If you are interested in more information on his research, here is his abstract:
Shape memory polymers (SMPs) represent a class of active materials that can change shape in response to external stimuli such as heat, light, and solvents. Although SMPs have many applications, we are primarily interested in using the material as environmentally responsive actuators for self-folding origami structures. Previously, we developed a method to activate SMPs using light. Ink patterned on the polymer surface absorbs thermal energy from an infrared (IR) light which results in localized heating and shrinking of the sheet. The shrinking behavior can be harnessed to produce folded and curved structures. We investigate the thermo-mechanical response of this system by developing a three-dimensional (3D), non-linear finite element model. This model accounts for external heat sources, such as the IR light, as well as internal heat generation caused by dissipation of viscous energy. The model shows how the coupled thermo-mechanical loading conditions affect folding and unfolding of SMP sheets in response to localized heating in ink patterned regions. We conduct a parametric study of sheet thickness, hinge width, degree of pre-strain, and hinge surface temperature, and we demonstrate methods for generating 3D, curved structures. Self-folding can be used to obtain 3D structures from planar sheets for an array of applications, including medical stents, antennas, and engineered, origami applications, such as space telescopes.
Dr. Chung-Hao Lee and Dr. Yingtao Liu have received an award from the Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. It is a $45,000 award from the State of Oklahoma for the research project titled “(HR) Novel Shape Memory Polymer Devices for Optimal Endovascular Embolization of Intracranial Aneurysms.”
The collaborative team for this interdisciplinary research has been established among bioengineer Dr. Chung-Hao Lee, material scientist Dr. Yingtao Liu, and neurosurgeon Dr. Bradley Bohnstedt (OUHSC), as well as student researchers in various engineering disciplines of the Gallogly College of Engineering. This project is currently supported by the 2017 Gallogly SEED Funding for Interdisciplinary Research, Faculty Investment Program (FIP) sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Pilot Research Program from the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR).
The project is the development of a novel medical device for surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Incidental rupture of an intracranial aneurysm results in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), which causes about 10% of an individual’s death before reaching medical attention. The overall objective of this research project is to identify objective hemodynamic and biomechanical criteria derived from predictive computer simulations for designing embolic devices and to develop the prototypes of embolic devices using aliphatic urethane shape memory polymers (SMPs), which possess excellent shape memory property, as a novel therapeutic technique for patient-specific endovascular embolization of intracranial aneurysms. The developed SMP foam-based embolic devices are expected to achieve short preparation time, optimal complete occlusion, and a significantly reduced rate of aneurysm recurrence. The development of such innovative technologies is expected to be beneficial to the healthcare of Americans with a stroke history and will dramatically reduce the corresponding in-hospital expenditure.