List of Graduation Projects 2010/2011 at ASU-GARDS 
Production, Mechatronics and Power Divisions

 
Flight simulator

This project is a continuation of a series of projects in Virtual Reality. Last year, a bus simulator was developed and a bus cabin was constructed. This year we will build a virtual reality model of an aircraft at which pilots can be trained and put in different scenarios to be trained on proper action which help in accidents prevention. Students will be asked to build 3D model commercial aircraft. The model should respond to all dynamic forces which may be generated during the flight. The model should be controlled by joystick, paddles, and a group of control keys. The students will model also one of the key flight paths in Egypt to be the scene where the plane will be flown in the virtual environment. Also, a group of scenarios must be programmed and a technique to evaluate the performance of the pilot during the scenario.
 
Wind Turbine Control Schemes aiming at providing reliable and stable generated power.

This project will be integrated in the previous project of the construction of the wind turbine. Within this project, a complete 1D simulation will be conducted to model and analyze the multi-domain systems taking into account, electromechanical, control, hydraulic, electrical and thermal effects, taking into account the performance of different components that can be combined for dynamic mechanical simulations.
 
Development of more experiments

Virtual Reality is an emerging technology used in representing engineering systems in true 3D stereoscopic form that would allow for the immersion of the users in the data systems for best near real life simulations. Among the interesting applications of VR is the engineering design, where students design their mechanical systems in stereoscopic 3D form using VR technology. Additionally, vehicle dynamics and work study are also considered. The students are required to upgrade the existing and develop new experiments in Virtual Reality environment in order to provide new educational techniques within these courses.
 
Design and Development of an Omni-directional Treadmill
 
An Omnidirectional Treadmill, or ODT, is a device that allows a person to perform locomotive motion in any direction. The ability to move in any direction is how these treadmills differ from regular unidirectional treadmills. Omnidirectional treadmills are employed in immersive Virtual Reality (VR) environment implementations to allow movement within the virtual space through user self-motion. ODT’s first appeared in 1997. There have been several designs aiming at providing the person with the natural feeling of walk.
The VR Lab at Ain Shams University aims at building an ODT that can serve in many applications especially using VR in rehabilitation of stroke patients. The ODT stage is 3m * 3m. The maximum speed is 1 m/s. Maximum load is 150 kg. A position tracking device is used to control the velocity of the ODT

Optimization and control of a balancing machine

 
The objective this project is to upgrade a balancing machine based on the efforts of last year students. It is used for dynamic balancing of rotating machinery elements and components such as fans, flywheels, hubs, etc. The machine needs optimization for efficient performance and a good control strategy.

The students will work on the development of the balancing system. They will implement programming techniques for data acquisition and analysis of vibration measured data that is required for the balancing process. They will also test the developed machine and verify its performance.
 

 

 


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