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As oil and gasoline prices continue to rise, along with their environmental concerns, the discovery of natural gas sources in the United States creates the opportunity to utilize natural gas as an alternative for transportation fuel. This project relates to the means for delivering a precise portion of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for use in an internal combustion engine through the use of a mass flow rate controller. A current design, developed by Alphacon LLC, can regulate mass flow rate by manual operation. It is our goal to analyze and improve on the current device by implementing a means of control in order to increase the flow rate accuracy.

The primary objective of this project is to design a Gaseous Mass Flow Rate Controller (GMFRC) that can deliver a precise amount of CNG for use in an internal combustion engine. The GMFRC should utilize a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) control algorithm to increase the flow rate control accuracy. The device should also be designed to be used in an automotive environment.

The full project summary can be found here.

Project Name
Gaseous Mass Flow Rate Controller
Project Number
P15318
Project Family
Autonomous Systems and Controls
Start Term
2141 (Fall 2014)
End Term
2145 (Spring 2015)
Faculty Guide
Edward Hanzlik
Primary Customer
Dr. Roman Press
Sponsor (financial support)
Alphacon LLC

Team Members

From left to right: Michael Oplinger, Ross Bluth, Tyler Breitung, Anthony Salmin, Stephen Mroz, Brian Church

From left to right: Michael Oplinger, Ross Bluth, Tyler Breitung, Anthony Salmin, Stephen Mroz, Brian Church

Member Role Contact
Brian Church Mechanical Engineer (Co-Team Lead) bpc5857@rit.edu
Anthony Salmin Electrical Engineer (Co-Team Lead) ajs2124@rit.edu
Tyler Breitung Mechanical Engineer tjb5204@rit.edu
Ross Bluth Electrical Engineer rhb5177@rit.edu
Michael Oplinger Mechanical Engineer mjo2134@rit.edu
Stephen Mroz Electrical Engineer sam9601@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystems Design

Detailed Design

Gate Review

Planning & Execution

Build & Test

Project Poster

Technical Paper

Final Presentation

Gate Review

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Professor Hanzlik for guidance throughout MSD.

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