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DisperSol Technologies asked the Capstone team PolyTab Solutions to design a process to form tablets from a batch of molten pharmaceutical polymer. These polymers have caused production issues due to their difficult formability in their molten state. As such, they could not be processed though...
This project was funded by Autoliv, a com-pany that specializes in protecting automo-bile passengers. The focus of this project was to design an improvement to Autoliv’s burst disk testing station. Burst disks are thin disks of metal that need to rupture at a specific pressure in order for an...
Burr Oak Tool makes straight tube cutoff machines used for turning tubular stock into straight cut to length parts with the option of tube end-forming. The machine uses a ram forming process which cold works the material into the desired form. Most forms require multiple hits from the ram. Hot...
L3 & Ordnance Systems specializes in the development and production of fuzing and safe arming devices. They manufacture mis-sile and rocket-driven products for the U.S. military and other international allies. All forms of projectiles incorporate devices that are meant to safely and reliably...
Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners process Trona ore at the Green River facility in Wyoming. The end product is more than 2 million tons of high quality Soda Ash used in glass manufacturing, chemical, soap and detergent, pulp and paper, and water treatment industries....
In John Deere machinery, engines are at-tached to an open crankcase ventilation (OCV) system that separates oil from crank-case blowby gases and returns it to the engine. After the oil is filtered out, the resulting expulsion is predominantly water vapor from the combustion reaction in the pistons...
McKay Mitton has suffered from cerebral palsy for his entire life. Despite his physical limitations, he loves to be outdoors participating in activities, such as biking or skiing, with his family. Unfortunately, in recent years, McKay has outgrown his bike trailer and jogging stroller that he used...
Boeing manufactures the tail assemblies for the 787 Dreamliner at three facilities around the world, including one in West Jordan, Utah. The 787 tail is built around a 38-foot long composite spar box, which must be machined and sealed after it is removed from the autoclave. Three layers of sealant...
Currently, the aerospace industry faces a variety of problems, such as the rising costs of jet fuel, the need to reduce air pol-lution, and complaints about noise levels. These three problems can be addressed by exchanging the turbofan engines for elec-tric ones. Electrijet Flight Systems, Inc. is...
Union Pacific, the project sponsor, is a leader in transporting goods across America. Union Pacific is interested in improving several key areas on its refrigerated boxcars, including developing an automated door opening/closing tool, improving thermal insulation properties...

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