ECpE Senior Design

 

Previous Projects - December 2008

 

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Dec08-01: ImAP - Phase 2
Dec08-02: Radio Telescope - Phase 2
Dec08-03: MicroCART - Phase 2
Dec08-04: Wind Turbine Design and Implementation
Dec08-05: Photovoltaic System Design and Implementation
Dec08-06: Plant Collection Database for Reiman Gardens
Dec08-07: Science Center

 

Project Number: Dec08-01   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: ImAP – Phase 2

Description: The overall goal of the ImAP (Image Acquisition and Processing of remotely sensed data) project is to develop a fully functional remote data sensing system that can be carried to high altitudes by helium-filled balloons. In flight, balloons spin and sway. Project members must understand balloon motion behavior before they can create a control system that can compensate for payload motion and accurately point on-board sensors at intended targets. The Phase 2 ImAP team is developing a computer-based test system for measuring payload motion. The test system must measure balloon oscillation frequency and angular rotation rate to one degree per second and acceleration to 0.01 g for each of the three principle axes. The team will also develop a data logging system that can log data at a 100 Hz rate for two hours with 10 bit or greater precision. SSCL staff will analyze logged data after each mission. The complete system, when finished, will be used to collect crop health data.


Project Number: Dec08-02   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: Radio Telescope - Phase 2

Description: The overall goal of the Radio Telescope project is to create a radio telescope from a 28-foot parabolic antenna which Rockwell-Collins donated for the project. Prior teams have designed and built a microwave receiver and a control system for moving and pointing the antenna at celestial objects. The Phase 2 project team is testing receiver performance, impedance matching the feed horn (to improve signal-to-noise ratio), and developing software to create various on-line and off-line displays for captured data.


Project Number: Dec08-03   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: MicroCART – Phase 2

Description: The overall goal of the MicroCART (Microprocessor Controlled Aerial Robotics Team) project is to develop a fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can navigate a pre-assigned mission flight path defined by GPS waypoints. The system will be controlled via a computer-based ground station through which users can program flight paths and monitor system performance and position information. The system will be capable of stable autonomous hover, movement, and navigation, with limited obstacle avoidance capabilities. The system consists of an RC helicopter foundation with additional sensors, communication systems, and a microcomputer controller. Prior senior project teams have completed most of the hardware and software systems needed for stable autonomous hover. The Phase 2 project team is completing work on sensor, control, and communication hardware and software needed for autonomous movement and navigation capabilities.


Project Number: Dec08-04   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: Wind Turbine Design and Implementation

Description: The Dec08-04 project team is designing, implementing, and installing a small-scale 1-2 kW wind turbine generator on the roof of Coover Hall. The project team is collaborating with mechanical engineering students to complete the project. Mechanical engineering students are designing and building the turbine (blades, nacelle, tower, etc.); Electrical engineering students are designing and building electrical components (generator, cabling, power electronics, controls, etc.).The project also includes a visually attractive LCD display which will be placed at the entrance of Coover Hall, for real-time display of graphs and statistics of renewable energy generated (kWh, etc.).


Project Number: Dec08-05   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: Photovoltaic System Design and Implementation

Description: The PP08-09 project team is designing and installing a small-scale photovoltaic panel array on the roof of Coover Hall. Maximum power output of the system will be 100-500 W, based upon available roof area. The team is using Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology to design the system, which involves mechanically moving panels to point directly at the sun and thereby harvesting maximum solar power.


Project Number: Dec08-06   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: Plant Collection Database for Reiman Gardens

Description: The Dec08-06 project team is designing and developing an efficient and user friendly software program that Reiman Gardens can use to manage their plant collections records. The records include accession number, name, cultivars, family name, taxonomic descriptions, photos, planting date, maintenance information, location, etc. Various levels of information will be made available to staff, volunteers, and the general public. The program will provide a user friendly interface for entering and searching for plant data, creating reports, and linking portions of the database to the Reiman Gardens website for the general public to use as a reference from their home computers. The program will also link to a mapping program for printing maps based upon specific search criteria.


Project Number: Dec08-07   (click to view the web site) ▲TOP
Title: Science Center

Description: The Dec08-07 project team is creating a science center for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department’s Student Services group wants to convert one of the Department's old lab rooms into a mini science center display for prospective students. The new science center must be interactive, easy to use, and non-destructible, since the room will be unoccupied except during tours for prospective students.



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