Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Design II

Design Teams List

Design Teams List (A-M)

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Design Teams List (T-Z)

ASM

To design and fabricate a cage capable of organizing and storing different size spools of wire.

Members

Isai Moreno

Corey Hinojosa

Joey Crutcher

Julian Cazares

Contact

 asm.sdteam@gmail.com

 

 

C3H Student Engineering

Solar panels mounted on stationary rails produce less power when the surface of the panels are not positioned directly facing the sun. Because of this, there are large portions of the day where the panels are operating at a fraction of their intended power output. By adjusting the position of solar panels, power production can be increased by up to 20%. As many roof mounting systems are stationary, the next logical step would be to develop a roof mounted tracking device capable of adjusting the panels throughout the day. This would allow the panels to capture the rays of the sun during the early morning and late afternoon as well as maintaining an ideal orientation throughout the day. The ability to move with the sun will increase the power output of the panel and lead to a more efficient solar powered electrical generation system, increasing power production by 20%. With the ability to track the sun comes several major obstacles and concerns, a few of which are the weight/load on a building’s roof, simple maintenance and overall affordability of the tracking system . To increase the efficiency and produce more power, C3H Student Engineering has developed a Roof Mounted Solar Tracker (RMT). The RMT increases panel efficiency by at least 20%, conforms to International Building Codes which governs weight limits on structures, and has been designed to require little maintenance over its lifetime. To verify these claims, a series of tests were devised to ensure the Roof Mounted Solar Tracker increases panel efficiency and conforms to building weight limitations. C3H Student Engineering has built a prototype to provide a proof of concept to the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and CPS Energy.

Members

Jordan Hartke

Dilan Cave

Ryan Haass

Joshua Hausen

Contact

jordan.hartke@gmail.com

Automated Assistance Group

The objective of this project is to develop an affordable motion sensitive, articulating frame to reposition the mouthpiece of a medical drinking hose. Individuals affected from quadriplegia suffer from muscle spasms. These people rely on fixed position hoses to hydrate. As a result of a muscle spasm, they are frequently shifted out of reach of the hose for periods of time. Current market solutions are not affordable for some individuals as medical aid devices. Automated Assistance Group has designed an affordable articulating frame to that would assist individuals when shifted out of range of their hose as a result from muscle spasms. 

Members

Thomas Block

Abed Mansi

Tatiana Lara

Santiago Ramirez 

Contact

aag.sdp@gmail.com

Creative Keep

The most accessible masks are disposable, not washable, with high leakage, and more costly for better options. The PROKEEP Composite mask serves to be a reusable, washable, affordable mask that is able to prevent air leakage efficiently while using interchangeable filters for control of breathability. The objective of PROKEEP Composite Mask is to demonstrate an airflow controlling sealant. It is capable of adapting to different face shapes by using composite material as opposed to a silicone layer alone. Using a fog machine, anemometer, a BVM resuscitator and lastly a Pulse Oximeter, data found that our mask was efficient at sealing airflow, which minimizes leakage compared to the off the shelf products which can be bought from local supermarkets. With increased air pressure, the best option for our mask is the attachment of a less dense interchangeable filter to our mask shell for meeting ASTM standards. Data supported the PROKEEP mask seals efficiently along the edges of a face using a shell that attaches to a sealant slit only 3 mm wide, with mask durability and weight found to be dishwasher safe, resistant to high temperatures for short periods of time. Adaptability of the prototype design allowed for simple 2-part detachment and interchangeability of the filter to suit better situations.

Members

Kristian Mayorga

Brian Rosales

Dipesh Maharjan

Jose Rangel

Contact

kristianm2013@gmail.com

Helping Hands

Life-altering injuries can reduce the quality of life for many veterans, leaving them with many difficulties when accomplishing many daily-life tasks. The Helping Hands team has partnered with Quality Life Plus and Alt-Bionics to create an assistive device to assist a quadiplegic veteran grasp and plug in cables. The Electro-Mechanical Orthosis (ELMO) features a dual resin and aluminum 5-bar linkage system, a fitted thermoplastic forearm electrical housing, as well as surface electrodes for electromyography, giving the user the ability to open and close the hand both mechanically and electronically. This device provides the ease of don and doffing, and a gripping ability that allows the user to grasp a variety of objects, and ultimately plug in cables and cords. This device will be verified using the Box and Blocks test, a standardized test of dexterity, as well as a series of other tests to analyze the durability, gripping ability and stability, grasp isotropy, and other device specifications. Depending on the intended user, electromyography may not be the best option, the ELMO provides feasible versatility and EMG sensors can be substituted for other methods of actuation (i.e Bump Switch). The ELMO aims to improve the quality of life and provide a greater sense of independence for its intended user. .

Members

Marvin Davis

Taylor Richard

Henry Araiza

Jené Rigaud

Contact

helpinghands.utsa@gmail.com

Hephaestus

The purpose of the project being discussed is to design a test station to ensure the intermediate housing assembly meets operational requirements to guarantee product quality. More specifically, it should ensure the assembly process of the relief valves, which protect the differential pressure sensors from over pressurization, was performed correctly and the components perform as expected. In addition, the test stations must maintain production efficiency and meet all safety standards.

Members

Nicholas Ward

Camila Miglio

Kathya Martinez

Adam Janhaouiau

Contact

hephaestus.utsa21@gmail.com

J.A.C.L. Engineering Solutions

Photovoltaic solar panels operate approximately 30 degrees Celsius above the ambient. Efficiency decreases 0.25-0.5% per degree Celsius, which significantly decreases their 15-20% efficiency and 20-25-year lifespan. One technique to mitigate these losses is by thermoregulating PV-panels with a loop thermosiphon system. A liquid-filled evaporator section is attached to the back surface of the panel, and large amounts of heat are absorbed vaporizing the liquid. The vaporized fluid travels to an expansion chamber located above the panel, where it condenses and passively returns to the solar panel via gravity. Unlike water and fan-cooled systems, the I.C.E. Thermosiphon does not require power to thermoregulate the panels. The performance increase from the I.C.E. Thermosiphon has been studied in detail with proof-of-concepts experiments and side-by-side comparison with a control panel. Temperature measurements were taken at points of interest on the front and back side of two panels, one with and one without the thermosiphon. The results showed that the panel with the thermosiphon removed more heat. Surface thermocouple measurements proved that the panel temperature with the thermosiphon was kept lower than the control panel. With a performance increase of 0.38% per degree Celsius, and lifetime increase of 0.5 years per percent efficiency increase, the I.C.E. Thermosiphon resulted in significant net financial gains. Cost, weight, material compatibility, and predicted lifespan of the system limit the design. The results of the prototype testing showed that expansion of the I.C.E. Thermosiphon is warranted to include more thermal pads and conduct optimization research to maximize return on investment.

Members

Christopher TomasiJustin BustilloAshley FosterLuis Rivas

Contact

jaclengineeringsolutions@gmail.com 

J.A.C.S.

Grocery stores' shopping carts are some of the most contaminated surfaces people are exposed to on a daily basis. Due to the current pandemic, sanitation of commonly touched surfaces is extremely important in reducing the spread of COVID19. Current methods of sanitation require an extensive amount of time (10 minutes), and exposure to a specific chemical to completely sanitize a surface. The UV-C Sanitation Station (U.S.S.) is a device designed specifically for targeting harmful pathogens (i.e., viruses and bacteria) by using UVC light to successfully deactivate them and nullify the spread of said pathogens. This device will help minimize disinfection time, as well as reduce chemical reactions the solutions currently used may cause to people when exposed. Having a non-toxic, hypoallergenic alternative can make a huge impact on the reduction of COVID19 cases and little by little help everyone go back to life before the pandemic.

Members

Samuel Anyakwu

Alberto Duque

Christian Perez

Josue Pacheco

Contact

jaclsliftsco@gmail.com

Mech Marvel

MMISTDIP is a project undertaken by Mech Marvel for the sponsor Katena “Nupak” Medical for the purpose of creating a Tear Duct Implant production station containing an injection, heating, and cooling station. The new design will consist of numerous mechanical and electrical components, finely controlled through the use of two arduinos, stepper drivers, steady state relays, and more. This improved design will increase production by 4, is automized for minimal user handling, and will decrease defect rates to under 10%.

Members

Kevin SalazarMohtada AlhujiriAnwar Abdalla

 

Contact
kevinsalazar1217@gmail.com
 

MEIR Engineering

Air conditioning and heating units require bases to house filters that clean the air flowing through the unit. Champion AC primarily uses Aprilaire slotted-style filters; however, customers often want to switch to the more commonly available box-style filters of various thicknesses. Currently, there are no filter bases available that provide housing for both of these kinds and sizes of filters without significant modification. MEIR engineering has designed, built, and is scheduled to test two sizes of universal filter base (UFB) for slotted-style filters as well as box-style filters of various thicknesses. Two prototypes were developed to meet the 2 most common residential HVAC system filter requirements, 16x20 and 20x25 respectively. The Aprilaire slotted-style filters required a track system while the box-style filters required a spring-and-shim system. The combination of these mechanisms were inspired by analyzing existing bases for each type of filter and adapting them to allow for both systems to coexist in UFB. The UFB designs in theory provide the universality for the filter types and thicknesses while meeting the size, load-bearing capacity, performance, pressure drop, sound level, and corrosion resistance specifications set by Champion AC. Extensive testing is scheduled to verify these results in the coming weeks with cooperation by Champion AC. The implementation of the track and spring-and-shim mechanisms into the same filter base will provide housing for the slotted-style filters and the box-style filters of various thicknesses without requiring any modification by the end user. The results from the testing phase will provide further feedback on the design. Because the filter base needs to accept 4 inch box filters, the leaf spring must have at least 4 inches of travel in its compression cycle. This increases the overall spring size and makes for a limiting size factor. Subsequent iterations of these prototypes would enable manufacturability of UFBs at comparable cost to existing bases while providing novel universality.

Members

William MarshallMary RezkAlex IgnacioTheresa Enyeart

Contact

fulgar.rotum@gmail.com

RMG Engineering

The Soft Robotic Solar Tracking System project aimed to develop an efficient façade-based solar tracking system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by building operations. The key principle of this system was to control the orientation of an array of solar panels through the use of soft pneumatic actuators. The solar panel placement was determined by finding the pattern with the optimal energy exposure. The tracking modules were integrated into the array by laying pneumatic lines in the strut channels to actuate all panels simultaneously. Each tracking module possessed the capability to achieve elevation angles of 13°-70° and an azimuth angle range of 23° east - 23° west of the zero position. The maximum shading on the array due to inter-panel shading was 39% in the summer. This means that the tracking panels will be normal to the sun for a longer time period and energy collection will be maximized. This array successfully integrated 12 tracking modules into a single system for increased energy output throughout the entire year compared to a static, vertical solar panel system.

Members

Oziel B. Cantu

Josue Cardenas

Kurt Johnson

Jens Knudsen

Contact

rmgengineering2021@gmail.com

Rowdy Angels

The Rowdy Lock is a mechanical Anti-Theft locking device engineered to tackle the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) statistics of 44,491 (avg.) stolen motorcycles. Said device will easily attach/detach to the shift lever of each motorcycle with a key, deleting the possibility of shifting gears thus deleting the possibility to ride the motorcycle. It will also have a built-in tracking device that if the device is moved or tampered by anything or anyone without the key, will send an alert via SMS type message to the user’s phone. It will be as universal as possible in order to help reduce the NICB yearly average.

Members

German Peñaloza

Johnathan Mejia

Hector Fregoso

Nicholas Burleson

Contact

rowdyangels1@gmail.com

Rowdy Liquid Cooling

As technology advances, the demand for more powerful, efficient, and discrete power modules increase. Thermal test systems can be used to test equipment for safety and efficiency standards. Rowdy Liquid Cooling is designing a liquid-cooled thermal test system that will be used for several different power modules for TDK-Lambda. The liquid-cooled thermal test system involves the use of an aluminum cold plate that will be used as the heat exchanger. This cold plate will have several mounting holes, enabling the capability to test different models of power modules. The thermal test system must comply with UL standards. According to these standards, the power module must be maintained at 100°C, with a maximum variation of 3°C, for a period of 30 minutes.

Members

Misael MorenoJalil SaadeDaniel AngelesNicholas Radlet

Contact

rowdyliquidcooling@gmail.com

Rowdy Science 2020

In current CNC machining practices, an abundance of fixturing options and techniques exist across different shops. In a high-mix, low-volume environment, the most used method of clamping complex workpieces, soft jaws, involves additional steps to be created. These steps require the machinist to design, program, and fabricate a fixture solution based on the workpieces’ complex geometries; however, it has no additive value. A solution which reduces these continuous fabrication requirements will prove to be a feasible alternative. It must be able to provide the machinist with the advantages of the soft jaws method such as durability, rigidity, and alignment while avoiding the complexity associated with methods that require electrical systems, hydraulics, and vacuum seals (pneumatic). A completely mechanical solution has been examined, and its approach was to have mechanical components conform to complex workpieces. The proposed fixture solution showed that using a series of locking semi-cylindrical pin banks actively actuated by a spring are capable of conforming to complex workpiece geometries, locking at desired positions, and aligned using a built-in locator. The results showed this design was the most fundamental and simple way to incorporate into a fixturing solution. The proposed fixturing solution is limited by the dimensions of the Kurt Crossover DX-6 vise, the swivel feets’ range of motion, and the workpieces require a dovetail feature. Improvements to the fixturing solution include interchangeable top plates to bypass the dovetail feature limitation, explore other pin head geometries to improve workholding, and the addition of automation to streamline the clamping process.

Members

Rudy Melendrez

Osmar Perez

Justin Romero

Drew Titcombe

Contact

rowdy.science.2020@gmail.com

SBCJ Engineering

In combat, a field medic is required to aid wounded soldiers, and oftentimes will have to administer an Intravenous (IV) solution to severely wounded patients. Currently, the field medic would use an IV bag and apply pressure to the bag to force fluid flow, either with his hand or terrain when possible. This inhibits the medic to have free use of their hands and limits their ability to provide proper treatment. The Portable Intravenous Pump (PIVP) provides a solution to the problem of creating hands-free adequate flow through the IV line by attaching to the IV bag and using a pump-motor system to drive fluid through the tubing. Using the pump-motor system, flow is administered at a rate of at least 240 mL/min, providing consistent flow despite area conditions. A control system is included to ensure continuous flow, and will sound an alarm to alert the medic to any flow stoppages. The device is lightweight and portable, weighing (Weight) and small enough to be carried along with a field medic ( size). The device is single-patient use and will stay with the wounded while they are transported to a facility for further care.

Members

Brandon Williams

Cody Lansford

Sean Palmer

James Kelley

Contact

brandon.mw709@gmail.com

SH Industries

SH Industries creates a fall prevention aid device called the Preventerr. This device will be used for roofing construction workers to prevent fall injuries from occurring while on the job. The team designed two small housing box-structures in order to house an electrical system that will be used in conjunction with the current fall prevention gear. These housings will be used by roofing workers while on the job. Because fall prevention gear can be heavy, each housing will be under 2 pounds for easy transport, storage, and being worn. Roofing construction workers use many non-electrical objects to attach themselves to the roof, so if they are to fall, they are stopped while being attached. The issue is in regard to right before they are about to fall, no warning is being produced if they are not attached to the safety system. While keeping the design simple, the electrical components are compact and no loose wiring will occur. Housing #1, which houses the main electrical system that sends a warning sound to the worker and locates Housing #2. Housing #2 is being worn by the worker and is being tracked; it only contains a battery and ultra-wide band module. In addition to to being tracked, Housing #2 contains a “break away” system design; meaning if the workers were to encounter a fall, the box will easily detach. Using the Preventerr promotes a safer work environment for roofing construction workers.

Members

Harshil BhaktaRaul Cantu Jr.Kiana HueyMariam Alkharraz

Contact

shindustries2021@gmail.comom

Shock Value Solutions

This project is a damper dynamometer for racing applications. This machine has the purpose of testing and validation for shocks or “dampers” for race cars. The potential purposes of the project are many-fold. The first is standard car setup. The Force Vs. Velocity graph generated with this machine gives a detailed lay down of how a car’s damper will behave and thus, plays a big part in how the car handles and drives on track. This machine can also be used to calibrate adjustable dampers to a specific car/track/driver. In addition, it can be used to justify the need for a damper to be rebuilt as well as test freshly rebuilt dampers for desired quality.

Members

Samantha PickellJordy GallegosRenjith ChackoBrian DeLeonWes Smithers

Contact
sjradesign@gmail.com

 

SJRA Engineering

Create a lightweight machine that can solidify the ground to its appropriate compactness level which can create a sturdy underlayment for a landing pad and/or pathways in the Artemis Base Camp.

Members

Brandon Williams

Cody Lansford

Sean Palmer

James Kelley

Contact

brandon.mw709@gmail.com

STANDard Engineering

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) currently lacks the necessary testing equipment to begin rocket experimentation and exploration. To address the need for hands-on project experience STANDard Engineering has developed a rocket motor test stand. This product serves two functions: as a tool in scientific research and as a teaching opportunity for future engineers. The design must provide modularity and flexibility for testing solid, hybrid, gaseous, or liquid propellant propulsion systems, remote solenoid valve control, pressure and thrust instrumentation, physical space for future propellant tanks, and integration capability for laser-based optical diagnostics. Although each stand configuration will vary requirements, procedures, and precautions the stand must safely be able to withstand up to 1000 lbf of thrust and be portable, modular, and adaptable.. Through the material and part selection process characteristics such as thermal and corrosive resistance, strength, weight, and adaptability were considered. 80/20 1515 aluminum extrusion was examined to fit the stand material requirements necessary for testing safely. Through research and during assembly the electronics components were devised with modularity and variability as a necessity.

Members

Coral MarquezBraeden MarquezKyle FetterMark Ramirez

Contact

standardutsa@gmail.com

The A-Team

The ability to keep an up to date inventory is desirable for any company that deals with a large volume of products. The trouble with doing so is that a lot of companies either don’t have an effective means of keeping inventory or just have no idea of how much inventory is available. To eliminate this issue we have found that the most effective approach is to automate this process. 1% of error in any process costs a company more than 1% effort to fix which can be really costly on the company depending on the job being completed. A device that can count, weigh, and categorize the inventory just as the operator. The device will be able to automatically detect whether a drum being lifted is full or empty and catalog it on a spreadsheet. The system is limited on the assumption that all drums of the same type have the same approximate dead weight and all drums being categorized are completely full or empty. This device can be used to help management keep up with inventory in real time and analyze the speed in which the operators are handling the material.

Members

Walter BillardJohn JefferiesUnus KhanNacer Tabta

Contact

utsaateam@gmail.com

The REAPERS

The purpose of this project is to design an end effector that is capable of sewing on three-dimensional, curved surfaces with an impenetrable core. The project sponsors at SwRI have provided The REAPERS access to the UR-10e robotic arm and a limited budget. The end effector shall be capable of sewing a minimum of 3 consecutive stitches on a 1.25” diameter pipe with a foam underlay surrounded by canvas. This will help to simulate conditions comparable to a gear shift and steering wheel cover. In order to meet these requirements, the REAPERS have designed the Needle End-Effector Device, also known as the NED.

Members

Trenton Wahlen

Bradley Griffin

Max Canelas

Charlie McClafferty

Contact

anv237@my.utsa.edu

The Solar Initiative

As environmental pollution becomes more and more serious, renewable energy must be used to reduce environmental pollution. The purpose of this project is to use solar energy to heat water to reduce energy costs. Our solar trough consists of a parabolic reflective panel, an anodized aluminum rod, a pump, a heat exchanger and a holding container for the fluid. The solar trough itself is made out of pvc piping, and is being held up by two triangular stands made out of ABS filament, that collects sunlight in order to function as a natural power generator. Normal solar powered water heaters would cost consumers upwards of thousands of dollars, but ours is affordable to a wider margin of people. We want to ensure that just about anyone who is willing to switch to the alternative of solar heating, can do so without the worry of not being able to afford it. This system is especially suitable for use in summer and sunny places. Electricity rates in the summer tend to go. A great solution to bypass that would be to use our natural resource; the sun. This would not only reduce energy costs but it will enable you to help the environment by running on a renewable source. However, it is also easily affected by the weather. Weather can play a big impact in the way our system operates. Since the water heater is powered by the sun, without the sun you would see reduced efficiency. Nonetheless our solar powered water heater will help anyone reduce energy costs overall. This system is portable and is very suitable for installation on recreational vehicles.

Members

Shaneel ShuzaNicholas OlokodeJacob SantellanaZhuotao Zhang

Contact

thesolarinitiative4@gmail.com

UTSA Leak Detectors

Leak detection of HVAC systems has always been a laborious task. Current methods are time-consuming, limited in their reach and sometimes inaccurate. The UTSA Leak Detectors has developed an accessory for refrigerant leak detectors called the Nozzle Fan Attachment (NFA) that improves their inspection sampling area. This allows them to inspect a larger area in a smaller amount of time. The attachment surrounds the sensor tip, creating a current of air that brings airborne refrigerant particles to the sensor for detection. This increases the probability of encountering these particles and knowing the approximate area of the leak. The NFA shape and dimensions were selected with the use of CFD Fluid simulations. This created the design that would provide the most optimal air speed for detection. Given the unconventional shape, the NFA was made with the additive manufacturing process commonly known as 3D printing. Materials and components were considered based on the environmental and work conditions the device would encounter. Parameters such as heat resistance, noise level, and humidity were all accounted for. Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol Modified (PETG) was selected for the main body due to its heat resistance and chemical stability. Soft thermoplastic polyurethane grips and fasteners were used to enhance the user experience. The device was tested to withstand any potential events it may encounter in everyday use or transportation. The NFA is an attachment that will not only work in conjunction with current leak detection methods but will also enhance the process.

Members

Andres Leon IslasMaribel TorreDerrick CastanedaTrey Robertson

Contact

leak.detectors.utsa@gmail.com

UTSA CHAMPS

Lifting HVAC units into attics, for maintenance or installation, can be a complicated and arduous procedure for HVAC technicians, especially if it’s done very frequently. It can easily increase the likelihood of bodily injuries for the technicians. HVAC units tend to be heavy in weight; the range of HVAC units’ weight can vary between 100 to 500 lbs. UTSA Champs designed, developed, and manufactured an AC Attic Lift System (AALS) that would attempt to solve this problem. The main objective for the AALS is to lift HVAC units through various attic entry spaces while being adaptable to the numerous attic layouts, as attic layouts may differ from house to house. The chief motives of this design are to guarantee the technicians can perform HVAC installations safely as well as ensuring the lift system can carry up to 500 lbs of weight. The design weighs less than 100 lbs, as per the client’s expectations, in order to assist the technicians when installing it in the attic. The AALS is electrically operated by including 110 V AC powered electric winch. The purpose of the winch is to lift the HVAC units, using cargo nets, into the attic space. The AALS is an aluminum frame, made of Al 6061-T6, that has four clamps that attach to wooden beams. The winch will be attached to a chain which, in turn, will be connected to the design using eyebolts. Several testing procedures have been conducted on the design to confirm its functionality such as dimensional and stability tests. During the stability test, several weights ranging from 100 to 400 lbs have been lifted. During lifting, the design was inspected visually for instability. During the main test, the team measured the total operation time which includes installation and lifting time. The dimensions of the attic were also recorded to ensure the AALS fit within the constraints.

Members

Michelle DamianManuel DonovanYousef Momeni NiaVivian Reyna

Contact

mvmy2021@yahoo.com

UTSA Problem Solvers

Small bore cantilevered welds on piping networks can fail due to repeated deformation caused by the vibration of pumps and other machinery connected to the pipe network. Due to the ubiquity of these pipe connections in power plants and refineries, these failures pose a serious risk to environmental and worker safety in addition to the financial implications of lengthy plant downtime. The ultimate aim of this project is to provide a proof of concept for the application of liquid mass dampers in mitigating the amplitude of vibration in smaller structures like pipe networks. In order to address this problem, the team investigated several vibration dampening designs including experimental prototypes as well as currently-available commercial products. The Small Bore Vibration Damper or SBVD is a small-scale liquid mass damper similar to the type used in major construction projects such as skyscrapers and wind turbines. It utilizes the sloshing motion of a dampening fluid contained within several internal chambers to absorb the mechanical energy transmitted through the pipes. The team will test the design’s ability to reduce vibration by completing a vibration intensity test on a dummy pipe and comparing the results with a control.

Members

Kyle WelkChad QuartaroMatt Davis

Contact
utsaproblemsolvers@gmail.com
 

Wall Solutions Engineering

The moveable wall carrier system serves as a partition between a hallway and bedroom for a house designed by the UTSA Department of Architecture and Construction to help elderly and individuals with physical limitations move easily.

Members

Maried SalinasAlbert FuentesHector Mellen Aaron Buelna

Contact

karneypv@gmail.com

ZENK

A disease known as anhidrosis is the inability to sweat and thus preventing the body to regulate its temperature. This would pose an issue for anybody, especially for a young teenager whose immune deficiency could be debilitating if exposed to extended high temperatures. The design ZENK decided on to approach this issue is called the Lightweight Cooling Vest (LCV). The LCV is a cooling vest which would allow the user wearing it to cool or lower and maintain a stable body temperature for a four hour timeframe. This system is composed of a refrigeration cycle that will be housed in a school style backpack and a vest will be worn around the abdomen, using fabricated straps to ensure a close fit to the body for a low-profile look and to allow it to be worn under the user's shirt. This system needs to cool the user but also needs to be durable in order to withstand the possible abuse the system could experience as well as high external temperatures. For this, it will be housed inside a two piece carbon fiber shell for durability and its lightweight composition. Research conducted by ZENK suggested that 3D printed brackets made with Nylon-X filament would be the ideal solution for safely securing the components as well as keeping the overall weight down. In order to successfully produce this product, thermoregulation, battery, weight, heat removal and other tests will be performed under potential conditions that the system will endure. The Lightweight Cooling Vest will be portable, durable, and efficient when assisting people with anhidrosis or similar deficiencies.

Members

Erick ReyesKarney LinchZane MeyerNick Thornquist

Contact

karneypv@gmail.com