Previous Capstone Projects

Diesel engines with an open crankcase vent have a small amount of oil loss due to blow-by through the crankcase. In long term engine testing, it is necessary to capture and measure the amount of oil passing through the crankcase vent in order to comply with EPA regulations. John Deere is currently...
Pachyonychia Congenita Project is a 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes research, advocacy and support for persons with Pachyonychia Congenita (PC), a rare genetic disorder that results in extremely painful blisters and callouses forming on the soles of the feet. The goal of this project...
Drug poisoning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths, accounting for 22,134 deaths in the United States according to a study published in 2013.  As a paramedic in Las Vegas, Mr. Blackburn recognizes the alarming frequency of injuries and fatalities related to prescription...
The BYU Voice Biomechanics Lab uses artificial, synthetic vocal fold models in order to study airflow, acoustics, and tissue dynamics of both normal and disordered voice production. Currently, the lab fabricates synthetic vocal fold models by casting flexible silicone rubber into custom molds. This...
An estimated 60% - 70% of all food crops are lost each year in Haiti.  Harvest seasons are extremely plentiful, but many of the crops cannot be used fast enough, forcing Haiti to import food in the off-seasons to support its population. To combat this problem, L-3 Communications and the Ira A...
Union Pacific is a railroad company that transports goods all over the country through the use of 8,350 locomotives. The company uses approximately 1 billion gal- lons of fuel and are seeking ways to de- crease their fuel consumption. One way to reduce fuel consumption is to reduce the drag on the...
Union Pacific Railroad is among the larg-est consumers of diesel fuel in the nation, using approximately 1 billion gal-lons annually. Due to the continual rise of fuel costs, Union Pacific has partnered with Brigham Young University’s Cap-stone program to research aerodynamic improvements for their...
US Synthetic manufactures polycrystalline diamond cutters, or PDCs, which are primarily used in oil and gas drilling. As a result of the manufacturing process used to create PDCs, the cutters contain thin layers of metal can material bonded to the diamond's surface. This material must be completely...
The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and BYU Mechanical Engineering Department sponsored a team of students to design, build, and compete with an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid-electric racecar. Formula Hybrid builds upon the Formula SAE program and is recognized as the...
Team SuperCat designed an effi- cient, high-mileage vehicle to compete in the official SAE Su- permileage competition in June 2012. The objective of the team was to build, from the ground up, an exclusively gas-powered, sin- gle-manned vehicle that obtains 1800 miles per gallon. In accord- ance...

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