Previous Capstone Projects

Varian Medical Systems is a leader in x-ray tube technology. The component that most commonly fails is the target assembly. This failure usually occurs with the metal-lined anode bearing. Since the bearing is a critical part of the x-ray assembly, Varian has considerable interest in obtaining...
Concern regarding global warming is causing many countries to impose environmental restrictions on industrial CO2 producers, such as power plants. The industry has a need of an efficient way to remove and sequester CO2 from their exhaust (or “flue”) gases. Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES), has...
Burr Oak Tool, Inc. supplies equipment used to manufacture heat exchangers and wanted to find a way to reduce galling, or friction problems during manufacturing. Tube Expansion Technologies (TExT) helped design and create tooling to expand the diameter of the aluminum tubing used by Burr Oak Tool...
This year, 13 BYU students helped build and design the FSAE Hybrid for the Formula-SAE Hybrid competition. Teams came from all around the country to present and even race their hybrids and the BYU team focused on a hybrid engine. The team used hydraulic technology to their design and used...
Schlumberger is a large company employing 84,000 people in over 80 countries. In 2008 operating revenues totaled $27.16 billion, according to their annual report. Schlumberger approached BYU Capstone to improve a parametric design of a safety valve lockout tool used in the oilfield industry. The...
A computer- automated, remotely controlled CNC lathe has been designed and built by RP Machining for machining energetic materials. A lathe is a rotating machine that cuts around an axis and the team developed theirs to be driven by an explosion-proof spindle motor. RP Machining focused the...
Working with Boeing (Auburn), Aero-Trim devised a new and updated mill that produces end trim geometry for all desired stringer-end profiles. The stringers, which give strength to airplanes, are now outdated and parts can be expensive and hard to replace. Boeing is currently using a programmable...
As monsoon season hits around parts of Mozambique, many villages can be exposed to raw waste as latrines collapse and overflow. Sustainable Shelters developed a better latrine solution that would not collapse under harsh weather conditions, be feasible for villagers to afford, and could be easily...
Each year 360,000 lbs of dry mix powder is lost during the packaging process. This represents over $160,000 in bottom line dollars for the Martel General Mills Plant. BYU Capstone worked with a General Mills packaging plant to identify areas where the dry mix might be lost. They came up with a...
Autoliv is a worldwide automobile safety tech-nology company. The Ogden Technical Center is a branch of Autoliv that focuses on design-ing, testing, and manufacturing airbags. Air-bags are safety restraint systems designed to evenly slow an occupant’s impact in the event of a collision. Once a...

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