Test Bed Development
Garlock Sealing Technologies Gasket Test Rig: Garlock Sealing Technologies is a global leader in fluid sealing technologies, located in Palmyra, NY. As part of their product qualification process, they perform a gasket test according to ASTM F-37, which requires testing a specific type of gasket under a specific set of conditions, in order to measure permeation and leak rate. This is a manual process, with each test taking 20 minutes, and it is done one gasket at a time. Garlock engineers are in need of an automated test rig that will allow simultaneous testing of multiple gaskets. This test rig must follow an industry standard test procedure. While Garlock currently uses ASTM F-37, they are open to other options if they would facilitation automation of the process. Contact: Wayne Evans, Wayne.Evans@Garlock.com
Electrophotographic Printing (EP) test bed exposure: The current EP Test Bed exposure step is actually analog, but the customer is seeking a digital system that can be integrated into the test bed. Possible solutions range from taking an LED bar and developing the image pipeline and drivers from scratch, to buying an off-the-shelf printer and basically tricking the printing so that the exposure step happens on the test rig, but the printer thinks it is happening inside the printer. The goal for DPM is to investigate possible solution concepts to determine if this is a viable MSD project. There will be Computer Engineering faculty and graduate student support available to the student(s) who pursue this project. Contact: Dr. Marcos Esterman, email@example.com
Polymer Membrane Test Rig (PMTR): Prior work at RIT has led to the development of some specialized test setups for nonlinear elastic polymers. These devices are now being looked at as the basis for creating new machines to fill two separate needs within the engineering departments at RIT.
The first is the need for laboratory equipment in the Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments' Biomaterials courses, in order to augment the classroom environment with hands-on experiments.
The second stems from Bill Spath, a Ph.D. student in Microsystems Engineering, and his need to accurately and reliably measure properties of Electroactive Polymers. EAP's are materials that produce voltage under an applied load and vice-versa. Characterizing these responses requires such capabilities as measuring changes in conductivity as loading is varied, and force output as high voltages are applied to the material.
Contacts: Dr. Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo, email@example.com
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