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Date Published: May 31, 2016

A Senior Design team The project consisted of creating shipment schedules and transportation plans to move used nuclear fuel assemblies (UNFA) from multiple shutdown sites across the United States (at most 12) to a central repository site located in westTexas
(Waste Control Specialists, WCS), sponsored by AREVA. The twelve shut down sites evaulated were: Maine Yankee, Yankee Rowe, Connecticut Yankee, Humboldt Bay, Big Rock Point, Rancho Seco, Trojan, La Crosse,...

Date Published: May 18, 2016

At the Spring Expo held on May 5 the Curtiss Wright Shot Nozzle Design won the best project award.

The objective of the Curtiss-Wright Nozzle Design project was to design and manufacture a shot peening apparatus to be used to test shot peening nozzles. Through this testing, data was compiled and synthesized to show the relations of air flow, shot flow, nozzle geometry, loading type, saturation time, and shot intensity. In order to achieve this goal, a sand blasting cabinet was...

Date Published: May 11, 2016

The Chiron CNC Machine Automated Plier Clamping System team designed a clamping fixture capable of holding multiple plier forgings during multiple CNC milling operations. An associated unloading system to remove the plier forgings once machining operations have been completed was included. The fixture is designed to accommodate four plier forging styles, and will simultaneously clamp four plier forgings for CNC drilling and spot-facing. A chamfering operation was added which...

Date Published: May 6, 2016

Check out youtube video of the Astrobotics senior design team Autonomous Vehicle as it mines and deposits material on a "foreign planet".

Astrobotics Youtube Video



Date Published: April 19, 2016

One senior design project is the development of a prototype for a revolutionary magnetic gear for a wind turbine.  This gear will be particularly useful in off shore environments.  The inherent overload protection and non-contact transmission of torque are seen as keen advantages over mechanical gearboxes in applications where the gearbox is installed remotely and would be difficult and/or expensive to access for preventative maintenance or repair.  In this project the...

Date Published: January 29, 2016

Atom Power is a local company formed by UNC Charlotte College of Engineering graduate Ryan Kennedy.  Atom Power is in the process of developing a revolutionary new digital AC circuit breaker, which will be ready for production in late spring.  The digital design will trip the circuit breaker in 700 nanoseconds, 1,000 times quicker than a conventional mechanical circuit breaker, thus making the circuit breaker inherently safer than the conventional design.

In addition to...

Date Published: September 9, 2015

A project supported by CB&I to design an intake structure for the future Duke Energy William States Lee Nuclear Power Plant came in second place in a national competition sponsored by the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.  The competition was held at the Structures Congress in Portland Oregon on April 21, 2015.  The structural design came in second in a competition with 18 other finalists that had been invited to compete.  The civil/structural...

Date Published: July 7, 2015

The ENVENTYS wave powered desalination project that was completed in May 2014 is still sailing high.  The team members just returned from an international competition in Paris France where the project was showcased.  The following was reported in ASEE and the Charlotte Observer about the team's progress and the competition:

UNC Charlotte grads' wave-based water cleaner makes a splash in Paris [The Charlotte Observer]

July 06--Turns out the...

Date Published: May 19, 2015

Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUdZ8Oxtrx0.  See what our students accomplish in senior design.

 

A recently completed project supported by Chiron America was received with great enthusiasm by both Chiron and Chiron’s customer, Channellock.  Currently the loading of plier forgings is a manual process.  The project objective was to automate the loading process of the Channellock...

Date Published: January 13, 2015

Tom Chervenak was director of new product development for Irwin Tools when he served as the industrial Technical Representative on a senior deisgn project. His experience was so positive that he stayed involved for five years. Following his retirement in 2012, he began volunteering with the program and is now in his third year as a team mentor.

“For 20 years I was involved in new product development; the work these teams are doing is similar to that type of work,” he...