This page serves as a site for me to keep record of my projects and a portfolio of any work I do.
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Engineering (click me)
Sun Tracking Solar Panel
As part of a CAD project, working as part of a group of 3 to develop a device capable of autonomously tracking the sun throughout the day to maximize energy production for a solar panel.
This project revolved around the creation of a device capable of tracking the sun throughout the day in order to maximize surface area in contact with sunlight to create more efficient solar panel systems for my CAD class. Our report details the different designs produced, research conducted on each, and the matrix used to determine the final design. Overall, this served as the culmination of my work in SolidWorks for that class and our as proof of our ability to source parts neccessary to complete the project in a creative way that met all project parameters.
Final Project Report
I wanted to further my knowledge of how different rocket engines work and the systems behind them. I have developed a basic apparatus for setting up a small hybrid system. Once I have the rest of the parts I need I'll be setting up and tetsting this system, composed of a Liquid Oxygen oxidizer and Polyethylene solid fuel. I'm going to also try and get a ahold of some measurement apparatus so I can develop the concept further for higher power/longer sustained engines as well as to develop an efficient nozzle to keep the pressure of the system most effective for thrust.
I have altered the design somewhat to include non push-to-connect parts in favor of soldering. After doing more research into these systems I have also learned about flashback arrestors (one of the main reasons for my projects is to learn more about different mechanical systems and development) and how they work, and have added this to the project as an addiontal layer of safety to the delivery system length and check valves, which I have also learned more about.
The system was test-ready on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, following dry runs and equipment testing that week, the plan was to run a full test fire of the engine on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, which was delayed one week in order to aquire another Oxygen tank adapter.
The following slides contain the sucessful test fire of the engine viewed by the UF SLI Propulsion Team Lead, demonstrating the concepts at work. The burn lasted approximately 40 seconds. I am currently working an an undated design utilizing acryllic solid fuel, with inclusion of a few more instruments to learn more about the performance of the engine.
Scratch built a FAA-classes high powered rocket in order to obtain a Level 1 HPR Certification, named Osprey I, which successfully flew on 14 October 2017 on a H class 120 motor. Following the successful recovery of the rocket, I am currently working on a level 2 rocket payload bay to augment the Osprey into a rocket capable of flying on a J or K motor. I am developing the bay to carry stratologgers which will communicate with an on board Raspberry Pi and antenna which will transmit the data in realtime back to my phone.
Under development, working on a small contained gas system combined with an arc lighter to produce a small flame thrower. Using a solenoid valve to allow me to customize the conditions under which the device is activated. I am creating this to develop some working knowledge of pipe/ compressed gas work and characteristics. Much like the once created by Allen Pan, who actually made a tutorial on how to do this, though I plan to implement this into a different application that I have not decided on yet.
I am currently waiting on a replacement close nipple to complete the system as my last one was lost to being stuck in the coupler when I took it apart to apply more teflon tape after fill testing revealed a leak in the connection between this part and the adjacent coupler. Resumed fill testing and dry run of the gauntlet should take place about December 2nd, 2017, following the testing of the Hybrid Engine 1 System
Working around gas turbine engines with the Power and Gas division at Siemens, I am challening myself to design and construct a small, basic turbine engine capable of powering itself and including instrumentation to record information about system performance. I am currently going through a few of these designs on paper.