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ConCreate: Designing an Additively Manufacturable Concrete Mix with Recycled Glass

Concrete is the most widely used material in the world.  It is also a large contributor to global CO2 emissions and industrial mineral extraction.  Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has begun to democratize, innovate, and economize production in many industries.  We have demonstrated the viability of 3D printing concrete using a sustainable supply chain, by […]

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Pivot Irrigation Misalignment (PIMA) System Project

Pivot irrigation systems are typically a quarter mile long and rotate about a field to irrigate crops. Approximately every fifty meters, there are towers that help move the system. When a tower misaligns, either due to a flat tire or mechanical malfunction, the system’s safety procedure is enabled and shuts the entire system down. When […]

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Development of MOF/Graphene Aerogel Composite for Ammonia Adsorption and Sensing

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of crystalline materials which have properties useful for gas separation, purification, and storage. While these MOFs can be extremely selective with the molecules they adsorb, the desorption processes can be slow and inconvenient. The objective of this project is to create and study a MOF/graphene aerogel composite which is […]

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Composite Bricks from Fungus Mycelium and Carbon Nanomaterials for Sustainable Multi-functional Structures

Sustainable building materials are necessary to meet current needs without compromising future generations. Bricks from fungus mycelium are a recent and promising alternative to replace concrete bricks. Mycelium is the root-like fibers from fungi that grow underground. When mycelium feeds on fibrous materials, the mycelium grows and acts as a binding agent for the fibrous […]

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Designing A Control System to Adjust Surface Roughness of an Airfoil

This research focused on investigating flow control using surface roughness along the leading edge of an airfoil. The current design will entail a system that can accurately predict flow separation on the upper surface. This is done by measuring the angle of attack and static pressure to determine flow separation. For future research this can […]

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Removal of Hydrocarbons in Solar Drying System

The focus of this research is to provide a sustainable system to manage food production by developing a food preservation system. Drying removes moisture from food so unwanted contaminants can’t permeate into the food, causing it to spoil. Additionally, drying makes food smaller and lighter, making storage easier. Biogenic hydrocarbons are released in the drying […]

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Nanoscale Material Characterization of Polymer Matrix Composites Under Hygrothermal Conditions

This experiment analyzed the structural capabilities of polymer matrix composite (PMC) samples after many years of exposure to hygrothermal conditioning. This strong, form-adaptive, lightweight material is suitable for use on critical structures including powerplants and spacecrafts, however, the degradation impacts from long-term exposure to heat and humidity is yet unverified. To study that phenomena, aged […]

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A Comparative Study of Simulations and Experimental Testing on Screw-Propelled Vehicle in a Lunar Simulant

Screw-propelled vehicles are effective in difficult environments on earth; however they have not been properly investigated for space application. A better understanding of the terra-mechanics of dirt in lesser gravities is necessary to understand how a rover will move and interact with its surroundings on different planets or smaller bodies. Through experimentations and Discrete Element […]

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