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Dr. Ghoneim Interview Transcript

Second Sponsor Interview
Interviewer: ME Student, Matthew Wavrek
Sponsor: Dr. Varela
Date 28 September 2007 @3pm, Dr. Ghoneim's Faculty Office

Interviewer: How good of a vacuum is required for the chamber?
Sponsor: See Dr. Varela's comments
Interviewer: What size will the chamber be?
Sponsor: 1 cubic foot preferred, but at least 8 cubic inches
Interviewer: Is there a need for work holding components inside the chamber?
Sponsor: 2 racks inside would be ideal--test two samples at once
Interviewer: What will be tested in the chamber?
Sponsor: Composites--hand lay-ups, vapor byproducts will be given off
Interviewer: Where will the chamber be placed?
Sponsor: Mobility is ideal.
Interviewer: Who will use the chamber?
Sponsor: Dr. Varela, Dr. Ghoneim, and their potential graduate students
Interviewer: Who else is doing this type of testing?
Sponsor: Must be other testing labs, but no examples at this time
Interviewer: What is the operating temperature of the chamber?
Sponsor: -20 degrees C to 150 degrees C
Interviewer: Are there any current concept ideas?
Sponsor: Cooking of themroset or ceramic composites
Interviewer: Relevant past senior design projects?
Sponsor: None I can think of
Interviewer: Has the vacuum pump been ordered already?
Sponsor: Reference Dr. Varela's comments
Interviewer: Do you have any benchmarking advice?
Sponsor: Internet search for related testing and technologies
Interviewer: What lab will be a suitable project space?
Sponsor: First lab on the right in what used to be the old thermo fluids lab
Interviewer: What materials could be used for the chamber itself?
Sponsor: Ceramics, whatever is used a window for observing testing would be ideal
Interviewer: Who else could provide insight on this project or area expertise?
Sponsor: Dr. Gupta--mini furnace experience, Dr. Kandlikar--heat transfer
Interviewer: What kind of budget does this project have?
Sponsor: Reference Dr. Varela's comments.
Interviewer: Can you explain what regulatory functions are needed?
Sponsor: Temperature and Pressure--humidity would be ideal
Interviewer: Will the unit be moved once it is assembled?
Sponsor: Yes
Interviewer: What are your goals for this project?
Sponsor: Ability to run the required materials tests, baking and cross linking of composites is required. Ability to regulate temperature and pressure through a control system would be ideal.
Interviewer: Any consultant recommendations?
Sponsor: Heat management--Dr. Kandlikar
Interviewer: Why is this project being done?
Sponsor: Materials testing research
Interviewer: Will there be follow up projects?
Sponsor: Possibly to expand applications and to improve the unit itself
Interviewer: Any student recommendations for team members?
Sponsor: Microelectronic student for thermal sensor knowledge and implementation
Interviewer: Any applicable industry rules/regulations?
Sponsor: Electrical, safety, and ventilation regulations.
Interviewer: Any travel opportunities to user or test sites?
Sponsor: Do research on internet to find where current products are manufactured--possibly visit a manufacturing site if project budget allows
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