MAE Projects

Automated Colorimetric Bioassay - MAE 189

MAE

Background:

Our design basis is to make modifications in the previous’ teams design in an effort to make the automated assay more reliable and user-friendly. The general concept of the automated assay is to create a device which autonomously or semi-autonomously administers a malaria test using reagents to a similar extent to a high-priced biometric assay. The assay has to give appropriate responses to an assortment of reagent based test. While also reporting the test results to its test users through a convenient smartphone application. 

 

Advanced Combustion - Hot Air Balloon

MAE

The Hot Air Balloon project is a part of the Advanced Combustion group that consists of MAE students designing a method to test the emissions and efficiency of a hot air balloon burner. We are focusing on obtaining data from hot air balloon burners both out on the field as well as at the UCI campus test facility. The current team will be continuing the work that students from previous years have started to complete the project goals. Currently, the team of 2020-2021 is devising a way to mount the probe to take readings from the burner as well as designing the ducting for the testing rig.

Anteater Formula Racing (FSAE Internal Combustion)

Anteater Formula Racing's 2019 Racecar on the Endurance track at Formula SAE Lincoln 2019
MAE

Anteater Formula Racing builds an open-wheel, internal-combustion race car inspired by Formula 1 and IndyCar racing to compete at the Formula SAE Knowledge and Dynamic Events that comprise the world-renowned collegiate vehicle design competition. It challenges project engineers to maximize vehicle performance, validate their design choices and methods, and develop professional presentation skills. Forty-five engineering students participate in the design, manufacturing and testing phases to gain the engineering skills needed for industry in a highly-technical, fast-paced and competitive environment. The team collectively spends over 10,000 man-hours each year developing the car and its subsystems alongside engineering coursework.

Automated Shopping Cart

MAE

The current model of the shopping cart does not offer any advantages to the customers in their experience shopping in market places in terms of speed of processing payment. Some customers may have difficulties finding the items around the marketplace and need a way to find their specified goods in an efficient manner.

Cargo Plane (SAE Aero Design)

MAE

Background

Cargo Plane is a senior design project competing in the International SAE Aero Design competition. Per parameters provided by SAE, we will be designing and building an electric RC cargo airplane that will be carrying a payload of soccer balls and metal plates. Our focus is to generate high lift at low velocities and create a high payload to plane structure ratio optimizing for a greater flight score in competition. 

 

The plane contains a single propeller propulsion system and is mainly composed of a variety of woods and metals. Our team works together in three structural subsystems of Wings, Fuselage, and Tails while few members branch off into specialties of Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Avionics, and CAD. This project provides students with the opportunity to experience the engineering process in practice.

CD-Fluidics Team

BME
MAE

In this project, we are utilizing a reciprocating compact microfluidics disk to separate plasma from whole blood. Doing so will allow for the plasma to then be tested for antibodies using an adaption of immunoassay technology. An important application of this technology is that it is able to help test blood samples for COVID-19 samples quickly and accurately.

CubeSat

EECS
MAE

BACKGROUND:

Design Build Fly

MAE

Design Build Fly is an annual competition hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Each year, AIAA publishes a new set of rules for the DBF competition. For the upcoming 2021 DBF competition, candidates will be required to design, build, and test an aircraft with a towed sensor.

Design of a Duct for Additive Manufacturing Economics

MAE

Ford Automotive Company partnered up with UCI students to redesign the current HVAC duct in a Lincoln Navigator. As of today, the manufacturing process of the duct utilizes injection molding where a large initial investment is needed. To make up for the high initial cost, large volume production is required in order to lower the unit cost. However, to lower costs for low volume production (<20,000 units), UCI students will redesign the duct for Additive Manufacturing. The engineering design process will be implemented to create at least 3 designs that maximize nesting efficiency of a Multi-Jet Fusion 3D printer, with the overall goal of lowering the unit cost and minimizing performance loss compared to the current injection molded design. Students will present these proposed designs with an associated business case benchmarking against conventional manufacturing and identifying production volume opportunities.

EDI New Future: Autonomous Cleaning Robot

MAE

Background:

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, a higher standard of sanitation is required to safely navigate the world. This problem is particularly concerning because it affects almost every aspect of our lives. As indicated by the CDC, COVID can last on surfaces from hours to days. In order to satisfy the increased demand for a sanitary environment, we aim to design an autonomous sanitation device capable of sanitizing an entire surface to limit the risk of transmission.

Goal:

EDI Whoopy Wipes

MAE

Whoopy Wipes is a project aimed to create a device that delivers warm and santized towelettes to the user. This devices utilizes a tray to dispense wipes, and an internal heating and pumping system to heat a cleaning solution to 165 degrees Farenheit. The solution is then sent to an ejection try to wet the wipes for the user.

Goal and Objectives:

This is third phase for this project. Due to Covid-19, we were unable to produce a working prototype. As a result, Phase 4 group members will be responsible for protoype construction.

EDI: Bag Sanitization System

MAE

Background:
We quickly adapted our habits when the COVID-19 pandemic started, such as working from home, attending virtual classes, and especially changing sanitation practices. Over the course of the pandemic, we have become more aware of how much bacteria and germs reside in our phones, keys, wallets, and other items. Post COVID-19, people will look for ways to sanitize their items to improve their health. Our team wanted to create a portable solution to reduce cross-contamination in people's daily lives as they study, work, and travel post-pandemic.

Equitable Design Solutions: Modular Safety Glasses

DiversiTeam Logo
MAE

Diversifying technology is an imperative mission that requires careful consideration of all consumers involved, no matter how small the demographic, as to ensure equity, inclusion, and representation for marginalized groups. DiversiTeam’s goal is to provide an equitable design solution to a product that failed to consider diversity in its initial implementation. In our redesign, we aim to account for accessibility issues and/or other needs that underrepresented groups may have for consideration within our future product. For Winter 2021, our team has decided to redesign contemporary safety glasses. Conventional safety glasses are uncomfortable, ill-fitting (i.e.,one-size fits all approach), and provide poor clarity for users (e.g.,fog up), which causes many practical issues for users; especially those who suffer from anotia/microtia, eyeglass wearers, or those who generally have difficulties wearing standard glasses’ temples without discomfort. DiversiTeam's design will provide versatility to a product that will not only widen accessibility for users, but enhance convenience for all safety glass wearers. To remedy these concerns, DiversiTeam is designing innovative modular safety glasses with the following features: modular lens attachment capabilities that can accommodate the user’s size/fit preference, antifog coating to avoid poor clarity, and various adjustable strap/arm wearing styles to best suit the user’s comfort level, and the ability to integrate stackable modifications (e.g., face shield, top strap, light bar, etc.) to the frames through attachable/clip on methods will be implemented as a unique feature of this product. DiversiTeam's design will provide versatility to a product that will not only widen accessibility for users, but enhance convenience for all safety glass wearers.

Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project

Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project Team Logo
BME
MAE

Project Description

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Background

Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project

BME
MAE

The Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project is a design project sponsored by Hoag Orthopedics consisting of MAE/BME/MSE students. The purpose of the project is to improve the overall design of the current bone plate which is an smooth metal plate implant held together by surgical screws used to immobilize fractured bone segments. A textured bone plate should provide more friction between the bone and the plate. The screws in both the smooth bone plate and the textured bone plate are compared which will be used to determine if increased friction between the plate and the bone reduces failure of the screws. The re-designed plates hope to reduce failure in the screws which will decrease the number of failed fixations in patients. 

Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project

BME
MAE

The Hoag Bone Plate Fixation Project is a design project sponsored by Hoag Orthopedics consisting of MAE/BME/MSE students that are tasked to identify geometry and material for orthopedic plates that provides imporved fracture fixation. By improving the frictional interface of the bone-plate surface, the re-designed plates hope to reduce shearing and micromotion of plates, and in term decrease the cases of failed fracture fixations in patients. 

HyperXite

MAE

Background

Established in 2015, HyperXite is a team of undergraduate students endeavoring to build a Hyperloop pod.

Machine Learning Based Thermal Management

CAD model of TPU cooling block
MAE

Background:

CPUs and TPUs generate a lot of heat 

Traditional temperature sensors can not easily acquire temperature data at any given point of the cooling system. They can either:

  •  measure temperature at a single point or
  •  for the overall system 

Goals and Objectives:

Modular and Mobile Rocket Rack

MAE

UCI Modular and Mobile Rocket Rack is dedicated to designing and manufacturing an optimal rocket rack that will allow the UCI Rocket Team to transport their 25 ft by 12.83 inch diameter rocket from UCI to the desert for live testing. Our objective is building a reliable, modular, affordable, rocket rack for the UCI Rocket Project. Keeping cost at a minimum while providing a high strength rocket rack will be one of our hardships. Solidworks will be used to make a 3D model of the rocket rack that will later be analyzed using Ansys for component failure.

Pressurized Recovery Ejection Tester

MAE

The Pressurized Rocket Ejection Testing (PRET) team is designing the testing device that will be able to complete the objectives described. The design will be able to hold prototype nose cones, test different moutning methods, test different ejection system configurations, and measure velocity of deployment, pressure inside the nose cone, and shock force due a mass ejection.

Project Y: Siemens Additive Manufacturing

MAE

Siemens has partnered with UCI to teach senior-level MAE students how to use their NX suite software with an emphasis on additive manufacturing over the next two quarters: winter and spring 2021. The current team will attend workshops hosted by Siemens engineers to get familiarized with the NX suite and the concept of Digital Twins, which will serve as a guiding tool to learn how additive manufacturing is evolving in industry due to the digitalization of engineering design projects in different sectors. During this time, the team will also design an additively manufactured component to control the elevator of a plane. 

RFID-based Cooperative Asset Detection and Localization

MAE

The project aims to use a team of mobile robots equipped with a passive RFID system to devise an all-weather, wide-area asset detection and localization system for stationary RFID tagged ground targets that may be behind obstacles or obstructions. The applications include locating and recovery of incapacitated firefighters and other first responders in challenging environments such as wildfires, inventory management, and equipment tracking.

Robotics Outreach Project (ROP)

Robotics Outreach Project (ROP)
MAE

Our goal is to design a cost-effective robotics kit that provides various design options for historically, underrepresented students in STEM.
We will provide tutorials, a syllabus, and customizations of the kit based on the resources available to students.We aim for outreach programs to implement our kit with ease and shine a light to the many applications of robotics in STEM to the next generation.

Summary: Design a cost-effective, robotics instruction kit for middle school students. 

Spring 2021 Deliverables:

  • ​Claw assembled/calibrated
  • Global code w/ interface
  • Cost reductions via bulk purchasing

Snackbot

MAE

Background:

Human interaction within the movie theater must be significantly reduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A solution is needed to eliminate the portion of the movie theater experience in which customers are lined up to interact with the theater staff to order snacks and drinks at the concession stand.

Goals and Objectives: 

Solar Car

UCI Solar Car Logo
MAE

Background

UCI Solar Car is a team of currently 32 diverse members from various majors and ages working together through a spectrum of subsystems and skillsets in order to reach an ultimate goal. Our group communicates through a common interest of environment-friendly solutions and compete in race car tournaments in which battery powered cars built by students from various colleges come together and put their finalized work to the test. 

 

Goal and Objectives

Solid Helium Pressurized Cell

MAE

The overall purpose of this project is to create the correct conditions in which helium will be in a solid state. This will be done by pressurizing an already existing pressure vessel with a view port, to 30 atm and then cooling said pressure vessel to 1 kelvin using a cryostat. However because the cell has never been used in these conditions it is necessary to calculate; the stress on the view port;  stress on a pressure cell body; and the elongation of the bolts holding the view port closed. If the cell can withstand the pressure and temperature, then it will be used to create solid helium. The other purpose of this project is to design from the ground up, a new pressure vessel capable of withstanding being pressurized to 50 atm, that will be used in further experimentation in the creation of solid helium.

Spacecraft Thermal Management Systems

CBE
ChEMS
MAE

Spacecraft Thermal Management Systems (STMS) is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary research/design project that works to develop an electrochromic cell for space applications for Cube and Nano Satellites. This device will act as a method of controlling heat from going into and out of the satellite through a color change, which affects how much heat is being allowed into the system. Such spacecraft are not exposed to a constant heat flux from the sun as a result of low Earth orbit. This device is special since the amount of color change can be modified to let in the proper amount of heat necessary for the spacecraft to operate.

The device works through a redox reaction pairing of nickel oxide and tungsten trioxide based films. When electrons are removed from each film, the nickel oxide will color to a dark brown and the tungsten trioxide will bleach to a clear coloration. Similarly, when electrons are added to each film, the nickel oxide will bleach to a clear coloration and the tungsten trioxide will darken to a blue coloration. When these thin films are combined, both pairs will either darken or bleach at the same time, forming the device.

Steerable Mechanical Walker

MAE

Summary:

The winter 2021 steerable mechanical walker is a project with the goal of designing and building a 2-legged walker that utilizes a Jansen-style leg mechanism and steering system.  The walker's purpose is to operate through radio control and be able to navigate over uneven terrain that traditional wheeled vehicles would not be able to.  

Steerable Mechanical Walker

Steerable Mechanical Walker
MAE

Goals & Objectives:

The goal of this project to design, build, and test a steerable mechanical walker.

Requirements:  (i) one drive motor and one steering motor, (ii) RC control to define forward and backward movement and left and right turn to steer, (iii) four or six-legged design, though six-legged is preferred.  (iv) a demonstration of its movement around a circle or in figure-eight in both directions.

 

Contact Infomation:

Myis Dickens, Project Manager, Fall 2020 - 

Structures Mark II

MAE

Background:

UAV Forge is a senior design project hosted by UCI that aims to build an Automated Flying Vehicle, and compete in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (AUVSI SUAS). The goal of the competition is to have your vehicle follow a route while avoiding obstacles, arriving at waypoints, and delivering an unmanned ground vehicle to a designated point.

Tensegrity Wing

Tensegrity Wing Logo 1.29.21
MAE

Integrating the words tension and integrity, tensegrity utilizes adjustable tension among one-dimensional interacting members in order to create different three dimensional structures. This project aims to create the first morphing wing at UCI using a tensegrity mechanism. The wing will be able to change airfoil shape on demand, in order to produce more efficient aerodynamic properties based on flight sections (takeoff, cruise, and landing). Split into two sub-teams, simulations and structural, the team will work toward creating and building a functional prototype of the tensegrity wing, and test the prototype in UCI's wind tunnels to verify results of more efficient lift, drag, and pressure distributions than conventional wings. 

Thermal Vacuum and Control of Spacecraft VED's

MAE

Thermal Vacuum and Control of Spacecraft Variable Emissivity Devices (VED’s) is an engineering design team focused on designing a vacuum chamber with capabilities such as, thermal conduction and thermal radiation generation, detection, and testing within a moderate to high-vacuum regime. In addition, the team will also design, integrate, and test a control system capable of thermal flux detection and data extraction under both standard atmosphere and moderate to high-vacuum conditions. Successful integration and operation of the designs will enable a cost-effective means of conducting ground-based space validation testing for small-scale spacecraft subsystems. Specifically, testing will be conducted on contending alternative variable emissivity devices, such as an electrochromic cell, Smart Window technology, and an electrophoretic display (EPD). Each of the three components are currently being researched by the teams affiliated research project, Spacecraft Thermal Management Systems.  

Thrust Chamber Design and Cooling

MAE

Student engineers working on this project are tasked with producing a preliminary design of the next generation liquid-fueled rocket engine for the UCI Rocket Project. The injector, combustion chamber, and nozzle are designed to achieve a given thrust and specific impulse while also being relatively simple to manufacture. Since these components are experiencing exceedingly high temperatures and heat fluxes, a suitable cooling system must be designed to maintain safe operating temperatures of the combustion chamber walls and nozzle. 

UAV Forge

EECS
MAE

UAV Forge is an interdisciplinary engineering senior design project with a focus on designing, building and programming unmanned aerial vehicles in order to complete the flight missions specified by the AUVSI SUAS 2020-2021 Competition.

UAV Forge - Guidance Navigation and Control

MAE

UAV Forge is an interdisciplinary team that competes in the Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition (SUAS) hosted by the AUVSI. This competition involves teams programming and designing both an unmanned ground and aerial vehicle to undergo missions laid out by the rules. The Guidance Navigation and Control subteam researches alternative methods to land the ground vehicle as well as program it to navigate to given waypoints. 

UAV Forge: Controlled Landing System

MAE

UAV Forge is a multidisciplinary senior design project that focuses on using engineering fundamentals to design, build and program an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to complete aviation missions outlined by the AUVSI SUAS 2021. This year the team is focusing on making a hexacopter for the competition. Our main focus for the hexacopter is the landing system. Currently, we have a static landing system that consists of tubing. However, the static landing system affects the UAV’s landing and imaging capabilities. The current static landing system obstructs the vision of our LiDAR and imaging systems, reducing our performance in the ODCL, Mapping, and Moving Obstacle Avoidance tasks. Therefore, our team is focused on designing an adaptive landing gear to improve upon last year’s design. An adaptive landing gear will allow the UAV to adapt to any type of terrain and provide a sufficient amount of tilt resistance. 

UAV Forge: Mechanical Imaging System (M.I.S)

MAE

 

Background 

UAV Forge will be competing in the AUVSI-SUAS 2021 competition. This competition is to simulate how package delivery services are looking to deliver packages without the use of operators. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS )must be able to avoid other UAS’ in flight, map the operating area to identify any hazards, avoid static objects, identify drop locations, drop off the package in a safe location, and move the package to the customer through the use of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV).

Goal and Objectives

UC Irvine Solar Airplane

MAE

UC Irvine Solar Airplane aims to optimize a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for which flight time will be extended, powered by solar panels, by 30 minutes after battery-life . The UAV's main goal is to aid with disaster relief efforts using a GPS and a camera to relay constant feedback to the operators during the duration of the flight. UC Irvine Solar Airplane is a team of currently 37 diverse members from various majors and ages.

UCI Bike Builders

Rendering of the bicycles front triangle
MAE

UCI Bike Builders is a senior project devoted to the design and manufacturing of bicycle frames. The frame being developed for 189 will be constructed using carbon fiber tubes and metal 3D printed lugs, bonded together with a high strength two part epoxy. The project is also manufacturing a more traditional steel frame using oxy acetylene brazing. In order to achieve this, a modular welding jig was designed and machined in house.

UCI CanSat

MAE

 

CanSat is an annual, international design-build-fly competition where student teams of maximum 10 students build a probe (the CanSat) to complete a specified mission.

UCI High Heat Flux Thermal Management

MAE

Thermal management systems, involving the use of technology to control and maintain temperature within a certain range, have applications across many industries. With the continuing advancements in electronics and other high power density producing systems such as spacecraft, the power they generate is expected to increase. These systems are projected to exceed a power generation of 1400 W/cm2. The absence of efficient cooling systems and power dissipation, however, will lead to the degradation of the system and short term use of components.

UCI Intelligent Ground Vehicle

MAE

The UC Irvine Intelligent Ground Vehicle is a project in order to implement skills learned in university courses by designing and testing a self-automated ground vehicle that can navigate an obstacle course autonomously. The purpose of the project is to be able to develop a vehicle that utilizes multiple sensors to self navigate while carrying a payload. 

UCI Rocket Project - Main Valve Actuation System

MAE

The UCI Rocket Project - Main Valve Actuation System (MVAS) is a team sponsored by the UCI Rocket Project that is dedicated to designing and developing a valve actuation system for the main fuel and oxidizer lines for the static test fire scheduled for Spring 2021. The system will consist of two mechanically linked valves that should actuate together in the same motion. It should also be able to withstand the high pressures needed to provide the necessary thrust for the rocket and withstand the cryogenic temperatures of the propellants that may reach as low as -300 degrees Fahrenheit. It will need to be designed compactly and safely to ensure that it can fit snugly within the rocket.

UCI Rocket Project Fin Design and Integration

MAE

The UCI RP Fins Design and Integration works to design and create a plan of manufacturing of fins for the UCI Rocket Project’s Preliminary Test Rocket. For the past several years, the team has had a multitude of successful launches, all with the incorporation of a fin design.  The Fins teams will be continuing the tradition of launching a rocket with fins by designing the fins geometry, selecting the material and components to manufacture, and developing a mounting method to attach the fins onto the fuselage of the rocket. 

 

UCI Zephyr Project

MAE

UCI Zephyr project plans to bring electrical power to the great outdoors. Taking inspiration from global climate change and large wind turbines, our team is developing a wind turbine small enough to fit inside a hiking bag and capable of charging multiple devices overnight in 10 m/s winds. The project will challenge the team to utilize the skills learned throughout our undergraduate careers to develop an efficient and affordable power source. UCI Zephyr project is composed of two teams, mechanical and electrical, working together with our sponsor. The Spring 2021 team will create the design plans needed for manufacturing during the 2021-2022 school year.

Wear A Thermoelectric Calorie Harvester (WATCH)

MAE

Most of the energy leaves our bodies in the form of heat simply due to existing temperature gradients in the environment. An average human body at rest emits about 350,000 J of energy per hour, which is roughly equivalent to the energy given off by a 100-Watts incandescent light bulb. As a matter of fact, the conversion of human-body-heat into electrical energy using a solid-state thermoelectric generator (TEG) sparks interest in creating wearable self-powered mobile electronics and sensors. We, the UCI W.A.T.C.H team, which stands for "Wear A Thermoelectric Calorie Harvester," are dedicated to designing wearable thermoelectric devices powered by human body heat!

Wearable Sensing

Watch with data visuals
MAE

The wearable sensing team is creating smartwatch and smartphone applications that interact sensors within a smartwatch to analyze stroke patient rehabilitation. The aim is to provide patient high levels of motivation and understanding of their exercises during the rehabilitation process, all while giving physcial assistants, trainers, and doctors useful data that they can use to monitor their patient at any time. Patients deserve a feeling of independence and easily interpreted data visualizers that encourage continuation of rehabilitation. In time, the project is wanting to expand to more patient populations and release a product available to consumers accross the globe.

Whoopy Wipes

Sanitization Device
MAE

Whoopy Wipes is a sanitization device capable of dispensing warm, moist towelettes at the touch of a button.