Title

Development of a Flexible Fluid Modeling and Control Platform with Course Projects

Presenter Information

Allen Ernst

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Landers, Robert G.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to design and implement a flexible fluids control platform for use in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. An existing course project was used as a starting point for the development of a system consisting of a pump, tubing, tanks, and various pressure and flow rate transducers. The system is instrumented and interfaces with Matlab/Simulink allowing students to model a real world system design and compare the experimental results with the calculated expectations. The discussion covers the background of the system, the selection of additional hardware, implementation of hardware, and troubleshooting. Modeling of the system and creation of two course projects is also considered.

Biography

Allen is a senior in Mechanical Engineering and will graduate in May with a Bachelors of Science. In the fall he will continue his education at Missouri S&T through the pursuit of his MS in Mechanical Engineering. Allen is captain of the Missouri S&T Cross Country and Track and Field Teams and is a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

06 Apr 2011, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Luke Brekke

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Development of a Flexible Fluid Modeling and Control Platform with Course Projects

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The purpose of this research is to design and implement a flexible fluids control platform for use in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. An existing course project was used as a starting point for the development of a system consisting of a pump, tubing, tanks, and various pressure and flow rate transducers. The system is instrumented and interfaces with Matlab/Simulink allowing students to model a real world system design and compare the experimental results with the calculated expectations. The discussion covers the background of the system, the selection of additional hardware, implementation of hardware, and troubleshooting. Modeling of the system and creation of two course projects is also considered.