Previous Capstone Projects

State of the art diesel engine design demands that crankcase blow-by emissions be minimized. In order to comply with EPA emission standards and to verify the performance of various engine designs, it is necessary to capture and measure the amount of oil mist in the crankcase effluent stream. John...
Union Pacific Railroad sponsored a project to make the refrigerated box car more fuel efficient by designing and testing aerody-namic modifications that reduce drag. The students tested their designs on a scaled model train using a wind tunnel and Star-CCM+, a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)...
WHOlives is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing water, health and opportunity in 3rd-world villag-es. With the help of a previous Capstone team, the Village Drill was created – a human-powered water well drill. Although effective through soils and soft rock, the original Village...
Our team developed a font-hitch-mountable mobile wind tunnel and pro-pulsion system test stand. This stand is capable of measuring propulsion system thrust, torque, engine speed and fuel flow to characterize propulsion efficiency. The range of potential engine shaft pow-er is from ½ horse power to...
Burr Oak Tool Inc. manufactures a variety of tubing-related machine tools, including the M5 Straight Tube Cutoff Machine (STCO). Several versions of the M5 offer a variety of different tube cutting and form-ing capabilities; all are mounted on similar frames, but the frames are mutually in-...
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama is developing the new Space Launch System (SLS) to replace the shuttle. NASA partnered with BYU to develop a new design for the booster separation mo-tor (BSM) heat shield. The BSMs are used to propel the booster rockets from the main body...
Every year millions of children are born with some form of newborn asphyxia, or the inabil-ity to breathe regularly at birth. For babies in developing countries this problem is especial-ly deadly because they do not have access to lifesaving equipment, such as ventilators. At the beginning of the...
Boeing Salt Lake is a fabrication and assem-bly plant that proudly houses the manufactur-ing of the Boeing 787 Horizontal Stabilizer. Currently, the process of installing 2,800 nut plates onto the Horizontal Stabilizer is incred-ibly labor intensive, involves multi-steps, and takes 2 days for 2-3...
Efficient Lacing Solutions (ELS) is collaborat-ing with Burr Oak Tool Inc. (BOTI) to design a new lacing mechanism that improves certain key elements of the existing lacing process. Lacing is the process assembling heat ex-changers, namely inserting copper pipes or “hairpins” into the holes in the...
Edwards Lifesciences, a biomedical engineer-ing company in Draper, Utah, sponsored this project proposed by Dr. Steven Charles. The purpose of this project was to design and develop a feasible prototype of a low-cost rehabilitation robot to aid stroke patients dur-ing recovery. The high costs...

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