Constant Flow Rate Valve for Thru Tubing
Tim Latimer (team leader), Will Nicholson, Brandon Neal, Andrew Hubb, Yousef Qusti
Thru Tubing makes a range of products for use in drilling and completing oil wells. This team designed, built, and tested an improved version of a valve required to control flow rate through a downhole string of coiled tubing. The new valve controls flow rate while resisting the severe vibrations it is subjected to, resulting in much longer tool life.
Justin Miller (team leader), Mahdi Al-Alaiwi, Max Dudek
Supermileage is an SAE sanctioned international student design competition to build a one-person vehicle with the maximum possible fuel efficiency. This year’s team reduced the displacement of the stock Briggs and Stratton engine to 50cc, added an electric starter, and fabricated an aerodynamic shell for the vehicle, which will compete in Michigan in June, 2012.
Tesla Pump and Test Loop for R.L. Hudson
Candice Kinsey, David Jones, Tobias Kapitza, Ian Taylor (team leader), Moustfa Moursy, Alyssa Hall
R.L. Hudson makes plastic components for a wide range of original equipment manufacturers. As an R and D project, this team design, fabricated, and tested a Tesla pump as well as a flow loop in which to test the pump. The goal of the project was to provide a foundation for R.L. Hudson to build on with the ultimate objective of marketing Telsa pumps in a variety of applications. Results of testing the pump in the test loop are very promising.
SAE Baja 2012
Ryan Seals, Malia Cockrell (team leader), Michael Potwora, Vincent Garcia
This year’s Baja team rebuilt the rear end of the 2011 vehicle, installing a double-wishbone independent rear suspension, substantially modifying the frame, and reengineering the powertrain. The team performed extensive testing on the vehicle, showing that the vehicle is much more stable and has improved hill climbing and towing capabilities.
Make-A-Difference-Engineering for the Little Lighthouse: "Honey Hollows"
José Mendes Kristen Maddox, Husain Al-Hasan, Starr Dalton (team leader),
Muhammad Al-Ali, Brittany Sewell
This year’s project for Tulsa’s Little Lighthouse school is designed to aid in the rehabilitation of special needs children. A six-celled honeycomb crawl-through structure, “Honey Hollows” helps kids under six build upper body strength while developing their perceptive abilities. Each cell has a different theme, with activities designed to stimulate vision, hearing, balance, touch, and other senses.
Improved Golf Putter
Craig Lieb, Sam Graves (team leader), Blake McCollum, Darrell Dotson, Sasha Smith
The improved golf putter this team designed, built, and tested imparts overspin on the ball, preventing it from skidding on impact with the putting green and resulting in truer, more accurate putts. The team fabricated about a dozen prototypes and ran extensive statistical tests to quantify the putters’ ability to impart overspin as well as their accuracy. Several promising candidate putters were developed that appear to significantly increase accuracy.