P13631: Process Control -- Gravity Fed


Project Summary Project Information

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The goal of this project is to design and implement a flow control loop on a gravity fed flow system for use in the Chemical Engineering Processes Lab. The final product will be utilized by Chemical Engineering students in order to learn the fundamental concepts of process control through hands on activities. This system must be designed to be compatible with the existing flow carts that are currently used in the ChemE Lab.

3D Rendering of the Cart Layout

3D Rendering of the Cart Layout

Completed Gravity Fed Flow Process Control Teaching Apparatus

Completed Gravity Fed Flow Process Control Teaching Apparatus

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Project Name
Process Control -- Gravity Fed
Project Number
Project Family
Chemical and Materials Processing
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Steve Possanza
Primary Customer
Christiaan Richter
Sponsor (financial support)
KGCOE Department of Chemical Engineering and the Eastman Kodak Company

Team Members

From Left to Right: James Brinkerhoff, Sarah Salmon, Lauren Pahls, Ted Rakiewicz, Patrick O'Connell, and Chris Kulbago

From Left to Right: James Brinkerhoff, Sarah Salmon, Lauren Pahls, Ted Rakiewicz, Patrick O'Connell, and Chris Kulbago

Name Role Major Contact
Chris Kulbago Project Manager ChemE cmk3009@rit.edu
James Brinkerhoff Lead Engineer ChemE jab5174@rit.edu
Sarah Salmon Team Facilitator ChemE sjs7044@rit.edu
Lauren Pahls Team Member ChemE lep5957@rit.edu
Ted Rakiewicz Electrical Lead EE twr2336@rit.edu
Patrick O'Connell Mechanical Lead ME pdo5699@rit.edu

Table of Contents

Organization & Documentation MSD I Steps MSD II Steps Final Reports

Planning & Execution

Photo Gallery

Project Reviews and Deliverables

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Acquisition and Building

Testing and Implementation

Technical Paper


Final Presentation


First and foremost, we would like to thank Steve Possanza, our senior design guide, for sharing his technical expertise and providing direction in order to ensure smooth and timely completion of the project.

The construction of this project would not have been possible without the generous donation of critical equipment including the control valves and flow transmitter, as well as many smaller components by the Eastman Kodak Company. Addition to the physical donation, several Kodak employees volunteered their time to assist with fabrication and provide technical advice for which we are very grateful.

From the Rochester Institute of Technology, both the Multidisciplinary Senior Design (MSD) program and the Department of Chemical Engineering were both integral in the success of our project. We would like to thank the MSD team for teaching us many useful design techniques and project management skills. For presenting us with our project concept and financially supporting its development, the Chemical Engineering Department has our utmost appreciation.

In addition to the Chemical Engineering Department as a whole, we would like to extend our thanks to several faculty members for providing further assistance. With the help of Dr. Sanchez, we were able to develop a lab procedure congruent with the learning objectives in the System Dynamics course. We would like to thank Dr. Christiaan Richter for offering constructive criticism throughout the design process, enabling us to better meet our customer’s needs. Lastly, for allowing us to utilize Department facilities and tools in order to assembly our project, as well as answering our questions about lab resource availability and cart robustness needs.

From outside of the Chemical Engineering Department, we would like to thank Professor Slack and Professor Indovina, of RIT’s Electrical Engineering Department, for bestowing us with invaluable advice and guidance for the design and assembly of our electrical systems.