P16228: Magnetically Levitated Propeller


Project Summary Project Information

The goal of this project is to design and prototype a magnetically levitatied propeller for use in submersible ROVs that are currently in development at Boeing. This is an investigative project, as there currently isn't any existing designs for such a propeller system. The PRP for this project can be found here.

The biggest and most expensive problems with current submarine propellers is that the shaft seals and bearings are prone to wear, and then leak. If the project is successful in designing a mag lev propeller system, these seals and bearings will be eliminated, leading to substantially decreased maintenance costs and downtime.

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Project Name
Magnetically Levitated Propeller
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Faculty Guide
Leo Farnand, lrfddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Steven Day, swdeme@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Boeing, TBD

Team Members

From left to right, Front: Mike, Bernie, Cheng --- Back: Leo (guide), Elijah, Zachary, Joe

From left to right, Front: Mike, Bernie, Cheng --- Back: Leo (guide), Elijah, Zachary, Joe

Member Major Role Contact
Bernie Garcia Mechanical Engineer Team Leader bxg1029@rit.edu
Joe Bernardini Mechanical Engineer Scribe jjb2986@rit.edu
Elijah Sensenig Electrical Engineer System Integrat ess5724@rit.edu
Zachary Louison Mechanical Engineer Facilitator ztl8768@rit.edu
Mike Purcell Electrical Engineer Site Admin mcp5911@rit.edu
Cheng Lin Electrical Engineer Collaborator cxl5237@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation