P16371: Controlled Oscillating Meniscus Test Fixture
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Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

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The Deliverable of P16371 MSD Team

It's expected that this MSD team designs and constructs a device that is capable of meeting the customer requirements as outlined in the problem definition. Specifically, this means that the device must create a stable liquid meniscus, oscillate the meniscus at a frequency of approximately 100 Hz, be capable of utilizing multiple different working fluids, be able to interface with the other subsystems, and it must be reliable. In order to fulfill the customer requirements, it's also expected that the MSD team designs a computer program that allows for adequate control of the device. Therefore, upon completion of MSD II the customer will receive a device that meets his requirements along with a program that is capable of supplying the necessary controls. It's the customer's desire that the device which is being designed and constructed by this MSD team will enable him to conduct his doctoral research.

Team Vision for Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo Phase

Anticipated Tasks

For the integrated system build and test with customer demo phase, our team expected to accomplish the following tasks:

Accomplished Tasks

The following tasks were actually accomplished during the integrated system build and test with customer demo phase:

Imagine RIT Project Description

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Have you ever seen water dance to Taylor Swift? Or rock out to Crazy Train? Visit our exhibit to see what we’re talking about and have fun blowing some bubbles. Our amazing senior design team will ‘boil down’ our Multidisciplinary Senior Design project and leave you feeling ‘cool.’ Boiling systems, such as a boiling pot of water, are incredibly effective at removing vast amounts of heat from a surface. For example, bubbles dissipate heat from the bottom of the pot of boiling water via bubble nucleation. However, boiling is a complex and chaotic phenomenon, and the fundamental physics are not well understood. If a greater understanding of bubble nucleation can be acquired, then more efficient designs for applications such as jet engines, computer chips, and nuclear plants can be developed. For this reason, the RIT Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics, and Fuel Cell Laboratory has proposed a system that is capable of studying the basic fundamentals of boiling. Our Multidisciplinary Senior Design team was tasked with designing and fabricating a device that is capable of conducting such an investigation. In order to study boiling fundamentals, our device was required to create a stable liquid meniscus, control the liquid volume of the meniscus under varying heating scenarios, and oscillate the meniscus over a range of frequencies. It’s anticipated that our device can be utilized by the RIT Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics, and Fuel Cell Laboratory in order to gather a more robust comprehension of bubble nucleation and enhance heat dissipation in a broad range of applications.

A PDF of the Imagine RIT project description can be opened by clicking here.

Draft of Imagine RIT Poster

An editable version of the Imagine RIT poster can be opened via Microsoft PowerPoint by clicking here.

Image of a draft version of the poster which will be used for Imagine RIT.

Image of a draft version of the poster which will be used for Imagine RIT.

Completed Fixture Design with Stage Mount and Camera Mount

The images shown below identify the major components of the final system.

Speaker and stage

Identification of the speaker and stage in the final system.

Identification of the speaker and stage in the final system.

Syringes and syringe pumps

Identification of the syringe and syringe pumps in the final system.

Identification of the syringe and syringe pumps in the final system.

Needle

Identification of the needle in the final system.

Identification of the needle in the final system.

Heat source and copper chip

Identification of the heat source and copper chip in the final system.

Identification of the heat source and copper chip in the final system.

Capacitance sensor

Identification of the capacitance sensor in the final system.

Identification of the capacitance sensor in the final system.

Amplifier and DAQ devices

Identification of the amplifier and DAQ devices in the final system.

Identification of the amplifier and DAQ devices in the final system.

Image capturing components

Identification of the image capturing components in the final system.

Identification of the image capturing components in the final system.

Stage mount & camera mount

Identification of the stage mount and camera mount in the final design configuration.

Identification of the stage mount and camera mount in the final design configuration.

Stage mount only

Detailed image of the stage mount.

Detailed image of the stage mount.

Camera mount only

Detailed image of the camera mount.

Detailed image of the camera mount.

Updated LabVEIW Block Diagrams

Here are the block diagrams used for the PID controls in LabVIEW.

LabVIEW block diagram utilized for PID control of the syringe pump.

LabVIEW block diagram utilized for PID control of the syringe pump.

LabVIEW block diagram utilized for operating the capacitance sensor.

LabVIEW block diagram utilized for operating the capacitance sensor.

Bill of Materials

Current bill of materials

Presently, we have spent $1,040.67 of our $5,000 budget. We spent no additional money during this phase.

Item Price
2.5" round speaker from Jameco Electronics $6.09
6.5" round speaker from MCM Audio $33.68
6061 Aluminum round rods $249.37
Brake hose $15.97
Teflon PTFE 0.01" gasket material $17.76
Carbide turning inserts $33.75
Optics Focus Instruments lab stage $379.05
Arcus Technology stepper motor $305.00
TOTAL $1,040.67

Gantt Chart

Updated Gantt Chart

The following dates were altered on the Gantt Chart:

A PDF of the updated Gantt Chart can be viewed by clicking here. Images of the Gantt Chart can be seen below.

List of dates for the updated Gantt chart.

List of dates for the updated Gantt chart.

Visual display of the updated Gantt chart.

Visual display of the updated Gantt chart.

Follow-up Plan

Unaccomplished Items

At this point, the project is not completely finished with regard to the original intent. The following items remain incomplete:

Contingency Plan

It's anticipated that both of the unfinished items listed above will be completed by Imagine RIT. However, there is the possibility that these items remain unfinished, or that other issues arise with the final system. In this event, a contingency plan will be drafted and handed to the customer in order to reflect the unfinished items and anticipated future work. Since it's expected that the unfinished items will be completed by the next design review, there is no official draft of a contingency plan at the present moment.

ICNMM Paper

At this point we are still unable to share our paper, because it has yet to be accepted by the conference. It's expected that the paper will be officially accepted and we will be able to share it by the final design review. The paper is entitled "Design of an Experimental Setup to Investigate an Oscillating and Evaporating Meniscus Using a Feedback Control Loop."

Functional Demo Review Materials

Item Link to document
Project readiness package Click here.
Team norms Click here.
Gantt Chart Click here.
Imagine RIT poster draft Click here.

Plans for Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation Phase

For the final phase of MSD II, the customer handoff and final documentation phase, our team anticipates to accomplish the following items:

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