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2018 Fall

Semester Short

Got Gas? A Portable Gas Detector for Harmful Substances

Currently, gas detection products available on the market are expensive, large, and incapable of detecting a wide range of gases with high precision. The objective of this project is to integrate a mid-infrared, full spectrometer lab-on-a-chip into a portable, handheld system. The team designed a PCB to miniaturize the system and incorporated Bluetooth Low Energy with a dedicated Android application, which allows a user to view gas concentrations and have custom control of the chip.

Team Members: 

Pranav Athigaman

Nikhil Ayyala

Trade Screening Tool

The BP International Risk Assessment tool is a web application that facilitates the screening process for exporting BP technologies abroad. The tool automates the approval of low-risk technologies and assists in assigning export control numbers to higher-risk technologies. BP must comply with international trade regulations in order to operate its business around the globe. The web application will reduce the workload for BP's Trade Regulation team by automating most approvals, allowing them to divert resources to more sensitive cases.

Automated Pipeline Corrosion Assessment

Current industry practice for monitoring internal pipeline corrosion is to visually compare the most recent radiographic image of a pipeline to previous radiographic images from the same location. To improve the inspection quality and efficiency, this project aims to create an application that automates the detection and assessment of internal pipeline corrosion. Through image processing techniques, the final application automates the existing inspection process.

Team Members: 

Enrique Callado

Kendal Clovis

Aaron Li

Addition of Range Sensing to Any World View Driver Assistance System

Any World View is an Advanced Driving Assistance System (ADAS) created by Coherent Logix that offers drivers a 360 degree view of a vehicle’s surroundings. The engineering challenge of the capstone project is to add range sensors to the existing system design and create a user interface that the driver can modify to see different views. These enhancements result in a more user friendly system that produces more accurately rendered world views.

Team Members: 

Shasta Nair

Kevin Pham

Regan Stehle

Carlos Torres

Maximum Power Point Tracker Design for Solar Powered Vehicles

In order for solar vehicles to efficiently run off the power generated by their solar arrays, they need maximum power point trackers that can find and tune operation to be at the point in which the solar array is running at maximum power. Our team has designed new inexpensive, light weight, and robust power point trackers designed specifically to fit into the UT solar car's team upcoming new car "Bevolt." Our design has support for both external Serial and CAN communication, implements multiple power point tracking algorithms, and can interface with data acquisition systems.

Characterization of Oil-Based Drilling Fluid

An application to process large volumes of drilling data obtained from an SQL database of oil well reports. The application allows the user to filter data, run data analysis, and visualize data through the application's graphing system. The application supports saving, loading, and exporting new and previous data, allowing users to flexibly identify cost saving opportunities for Baker Hughes.

Team Members: 

Guiseppe Gallardo

Paul Heath

Sungho Lim

Xiangxing Liu

Eric Ramos

Collaborative Sensing Under Resource Constraints

The goal of this project was to design and implement a resource-constrained system for collaborative sensing where two units interactively exchange data in order to track an object in occluded environments. Collaborative sensing leverages communication between sensors to improve each sensor’s knowledge about the environment. Applications include self-driving vehicles and mobile robots that would require situational awareness.

Team Members: 

Phuc Dang

Matthew Johnson

Faisal Mahmood

Mohamed Nasreldin

Peter Reipold

Solar Powered Motor

Our project consists of developing a motor drive to operate an AC induction motor from DC solar power. Our system will automatically control the speed of the induction motor. We will control the speed of the motor to ensure that the power consumed by the motor doesn't exceed the power supplied by the solar panels. This will prevent the motor from stalling and prevent damage to components in the motor and the drive. In addition, we will monitor the operation of our system for adverse conditions and will implement a safe shut down method in the event of a fault.

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