Industry & Alumni

2017/2018 Aeronautics & Astronautics Industry-Sponsored Student Capstone Projects

AeroTEC

Trailing Pressure Measurement System

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Trailing Pressure Measurement System
Students:
Zachary Rotter, aeronautics and astronautics
Laura Smit, aeronautics and astronautics
Kirby Taylor, aeronautics and astronautics
Bohao Zhu, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Chris Lum, Research Assistant Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

One of AeroTEC’s main focuses is flight testing, and they are continuously looking for ways to improve the process. Trailing cones have long been used to measure static pressure accurately away from the local disturbances caused by the aircraft. Some issues with typical trailing cone systems are broken pressure lines, pressure lag, and position inaccuracies in dive conditions. The student team worked to develop a more accurate trailing cone system.

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AT&T

LTE Antenna for Tethered Drones

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LTE Antenna for Tethered Drones
Students:
Musaad Alolayan, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Tarik Haj-Khalil, aeronautics and astronautics
Essey Reda, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Timothy Ro, aeronautics and astronautics
Faculty Adviser:
Adam Bruckner, Professor Emeritus, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

AT&T has an existing tethered drone solution with onboard LTE radios and antennas to provide temporary cellular coverage to first responders and to the public after a natural disaster or other network impacting events. Payload weight and space are limited on drones, so AT&T would like to explore the potential of long wire (aka random wire) antennas integrated into the existing tether in place of traditional LTE antennas mounted on the drone. The student team worked to research, develop, test, and evaluate a long wire antenna to provide public LTE transmit and receive services from a drone.

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Blue Origin

New Glenn Booster Robotic Approach

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New Glenn Booster Robotic Approach
Students:
Julianna Bethune, aeronautics and astronautics
Nicholas Greenwood, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Jonathan Hall, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Trevor Hedges, aeronautics and astronautics
Nathan Mars, aeronautics and astronautics
Aaron Misola, aeronautics and astronautics
Cole Morgan, aeronautics and astronautics
Thomas Pryor, aeronautics and astronautics
Faculty Adviser:
Kristi A. Morgansen, Professor and Interim Chair, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

The New Glenn 1st stage booster will land down range autonomously on a vessel out at sea. After landing, it will need to connect to the vehicle for power, communications, and nitrogen supply. Ideally, these connections would happen as soon after landing as possible to minimize the need to carry these commodities onboard. For safety reasons, the landing vessel will not have people on it during the landing operation. Some amount of time is required to safe the vehicle prior to transferring personnel back onto the vessel. The team worked to create a robotic system that can approach the vehicle and make these connections shortly after landing to significantly increase operational capability.

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Boeing

Dedicated Air Freighter Design

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Dedicated Air Freighter Design
Students:
Ramon Laya
Keenan Boudon
Dickson Cheung
Matthew Edwards
Cameron Joy
Sean Lam
Hannah Stevens
Daniel Wilson
Julian Woo
Faculty Adviser:
Susan Murphy, Affiliate Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

Trade and e-commerce have increased the demand for the rapid transportation of packages and goods. There are a number of military turboprop freighters with large payload capacities. Generally these aircraft are designed and produced to accommodate military missions and are not well tailored to the commercial air freight market. The student team was tasked with the design and analysis of a dedicated turboprop freighter using existing or in-development turboprop engines, paying close attention to payload capacity and what size class engine should be chosen.

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Boeing

Hybrid-Electric STOL Air Taxi Design

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Hybrid-Electric STOL Air Taxi Design
Students:
Jordan Ho, aeronautics and astronautics
Cory Lock, aeronautics and astronautics
Max McDonald, aeronautics and astronautics
Ashenafi Mendera, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Mozhgan Mirarabshahi, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Pierce Paynter, aeronautics and astronautics
Andrew Quam, aeronautics and astronautics
Ben Rizzardi, aeronautics and astronautics
Severiano Sandomirsky, aeronautics and astronautics
Faculty Adviser:
Behcet Acikmese, Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
JK Yang, Assistant Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

The team set out to design a Hybrid-Electric STOL air taxi. The entry into service (EIS) is 2028 for a STOL 4-seater with 400 nmi of range. The intent is to have energy storage to supplement takeoff, climb, go-around and emergencies via batteries and electric motors with an engine providing additional power and/or direct propulsion for cruise to extend the range and recharge the batteries during cruise. The team worked to create a white paper design report, to be improved upon by future teams to eventually create a proof of concept UAS demonstrator.

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Boeing

Thermoplastic Composite Control Surface Integrated Wing Design/Build

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Thermoplastic Composite Control Surface Integrated Wing Design/Build
Students:
Roger Cheng
Mitchell Frimodt
Gary Lam
Tianqi Liu
Faculty Adviser:
Susan Murphy, Affiliate Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

In the aerospace industry there is a desire to expand the utilization of thermoplastic composites into the wing structure for control surfaces due to their perceived advantages in damage resistance and potential for rapid fabrication and assembly processes. The student team worked to build and test a small wing structure as a potential control surface design, utilizing thermoplastic materials and associated processes.

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GKN Aerospace

Next Generation Midsize Airliner Lipskin Design Trade Study

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Next Generation Midsize Airliner Lipskin Design Trade Study
Students:
Kodjovi Klikan
Mike Kurnia
Gunnar Israel
Wexin Luo
Faculty Adviser:
Susan Murphy, Affiliate Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

Aerospace manufacturers are currently evaluating replacement midsize airliner products for viability, and are in the early stages of research and development. These aircraft will incorporate a number of emerging technologies, advancing in the area of propulsion, which will require a rethink of existing design standards. The student team created a conceptual lipskin design for the next generation airliner market.

GKN Aerospace

Effect of Embedded Dissimilar Materials on the Fatigue Life of Honeycomb Panels

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Effect of Embedded Dissimilar Materials on the Fatigue Life of Honeycomb Panels
Students:
Siqi Chen, aeronautics and astronautics
Timothy Gormley, aeronautics and astronautics
Shida Xu, aeronautics and astronautics
Faculty Adviser:
Marco Salviato, Assistant Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

GKN Aerospace forms titanium honeycombs panels at elevated temperature. In order to prevent the contamination of the titanium, the parts are covered with stainless steel foil. The high temperature and high contact pressure may cause steel particles to be embedded in the titanium face sheet. The student team set out to create a numerical method to simulate the effect of the embedded steel particles on the titanium face sheet mechanical properties, and recommend a solution.

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GKN Aerospace

Flow Characteristics of Manufacturing Defects on Lip Skins and the Effect on Specific Fuel Consumption

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Flow Characteristics of Manufacturing Defects on Lip Skins and the Effect on Specific Fuel Consumption
Students:
Andrew Brodsky, materials science & engineering
Jeremy Hall, aeronautics and astronautics
Asia Morris, aeronautics and astronautics
Pablo Trefftz Posada, aeronautics and astronautics
Faculty Adviser:
Antonino Ferrante, Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Tony Waas, Boeing-Edtvedt Chair, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

The team set out to study the lip skin manufacturing defects for mid-size aircrafts such as the 737Max, and how they affect the Specific Fuel Consumption. They worked to describe all the defects and their influence on the Specific Fuel Consumption, and used geometric data to predict the effects and quantify the percentage Specific Fuel Consumption increase due to these effects (waviness, roughness, change of thickness), resulting in a parametric trade study and a simple model.

Latécoère

Aircraft Door Flight Lock

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Aircraft Door Flight Lock
Students:
Kenrick Chan
Wilson Martinez
Nicholas Price
Bac Tran
Jingyang Wu
Faculty Adviser:
Susan Murphy, Affiliate Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

Latecoere is a major supplier of sections of aircraft fuselage and doors. The student team was tasked with using the capacity of an electroactive polymer in a flight lock system. The electroactive polymer will change its shape when subjected to an electrical current to generate the lock action. As soon as the electrical current is removed, the lock goes back to its initial shape and unlock the door. They created and tested a functional prototype.

magniX

The All-Electric Air Tractor

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The All-Electric Air Tractor
Students:
Edward Guo
Seokjoong Kim
Ahrif McKee
Zach Williams
Michael Zody
Faculty Adviser:
Susan Murphy, Affiliate Associate Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

Airplanes powered by fuel are costly both financially and to the environment. magniX wants to convert their agricultural plane, the Air Tractor AT-502B to all-electric using the magni500 propulsion system. The student team was tasked with delivering a complete conversion plan to all-electric including installation plans for propulsion system and batteries, designs, mounts, brackets, parts lists, and full sets of CADs, drawings, virtual models and simulations.

Sagetech

Angle of Attack Sensor for Small UAS

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Angle of Attack Sensor for Small UAS
Students:
Kylle Ashton, aeronautics and astronautics
Silviu Gruber, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Gregory Sanon, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Adam Bruckner, Professor Emeritus, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

The student team set out to design a method of electronically sensing Angle-of-Attack that is suitable for a medium sized UAS (55-500 pounds). Sensing aircraft Angle-of-Attack is of interest in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems, specifically at low speeds, for enhancing autonomous landing capability. The team created a feasibility prototype that demonstrates the capability of their designed method.

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Vulcan Technologies LLC

Poacher Discovery and Tracking from an Aerial Vehicle

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Poacher Discovery and Tracking from an Aerial Vehicle
Students:
Alex Bernard, aeronautics and astronautics
Christopher Lynch, aeronautics and astronautics
Gabriella Sciuchetti, aeronautics and astronautics
Samden Sherpa, UW Bothell, electrical engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Chris Lum, Research Assistant Professor, William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
About the Project:

The student team set out to identify techniques and technologies to detect and track poachers in Africa and elsewhere. For example, poachers use cell phones, drive in trucks, and deploy barbed wire to indiscriminately snare roaming animals (spooling and storing this material in large piles when not in use). Discovering these anomalies and forwarding this data in real time to authorities will deny materials and territory to poachers and produce evidence of their activities. The team developed a final system, using aerospace expertise to complete design tradeoffs, determine the difference between expected and delivered performance, fabricate experimental hardware, and create performance test plans.

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