P16318: Gaseous Flow Rate Meter
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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 improve the design of the 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.

Project Name
Gaseous Mass Flow Rate Controller
Project Number
P16318
Project Family
Autonomous Systems and Controls
Start Term
2151
End Term
2155
Faculty Guide
George Slack
Primary Customer
Dr. Roman Press
Sponsor (financial support)
Alphacon LLC

Team Members

From left: Schuyler, Lianna, Luke, Selden

From left: Schuyler, Lianna, Luke, Selden

Member Role Contact
Lianna Dicke Electrical Engineer ld2824@rit.edu
Luke McKean Mechanical Engineer lam7955@rit.edu
Selden Porter Mechanical Engineer sdp2308@rit.edu
Schuyler Witschi Electrical Engineer srw2909@rit.edu

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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

Acknowledgements