List of Proposed Graduation Projects 2011/2012

Production and Mechatronics Divisions

Flight Simulator

This project is a continuation of a series of projects in Virtual Reality. In 2010, a bus simulator was developed and a bus cabin was constructed. In 2011, a preliminary flight simulator was developed linking the flight controls to an aircraft model of a commercial aeroplane. This virtual reality model of the aircraft enables beginner pilots to be trained and put in different scenarios to be trained on proper action which help in accidents prevention. Students will be asked to continue on the previous project and develop it further until it gives the real feeling of flying an aircraft including all the correct physics. The model should respond to all dynamic forces which may be generated during the flight. The model is 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.
Web-based controlled machines

ASU-GARDS is coordinating a new TEMPUS Project titled ‘e-Laboratories for Physics and Engineering Education’ in cooperation with 8 other Egyptian and European universities in addition to the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. The main objective is to establish a virtual engineering campus for laboratory exercises on the internet. As a part of this project, a few hardware experiments will be built at the university campus and will be controlled through web-based interfaces.
The students will be required to select a certain experiment in coordination with the supervisors. These experiments can also be from industrial applications. The objective and intended learning outcomes will be identified and the best interaction scheme among students and the e-experiment will be determined. The test rig will then be manufactured. Then comes the development of the programs which will be used to control the experiment remotely will be developed. The last phase is the implementation and testing of these experiments online. The testing of the experiment will be done in two phases by a sample of students; first they will perform the experiment themselves in the lab to ensure the proper design of the test rig and made the necessary modifications based on their feedback. Then the students will test it remotely to evaluate the interface developed and used to run the experiment.
It is possible that this project can accept several groups of students working in parallel on different machines or experiments.
Developing Navigation Device in Virtual Environment (Cancelled)

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.  One of the most important engineering applications of virtual reality is the walk though in buildings, factories and huge structures.  The navigation during these walks through is made using devices such as mouse or 3D mouse is difficult.  It is difficult for users to use such devices efficiently therefore they need a professional help to guide them through the buildings.  The objective of this project is to develop a navigation device to be used in navigating users through buildings in virtual reality.  The navigation tool could be standard tool such as joysticks, Wii remotes or else, yet customized for the intended use.  The project case study will be the navigation through historic building such as Alexandria light house, a reconstruction of the light house will be made in 3D graphics  and by the end of the project each user can walk through the building using the developed tool.
Wind turbine blade manufacturing

Power generation using wind energy has gained a lot of interest in the past few years. In this project, innovative techniques for the manufacturing of wind turbine blades will be applied. The aerodynamic profile of the blade and the wind loads will be provided to the students who will be responsible for designing the construction of the blade its manufacturing. The blade will be tested to validate its ability to withstand the loads it is subject to.
Pitch and Yaw control of Wind Turbines

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. The students will select the sensors needed to sense the wind speed and direction as well as selecting the actuators needed to perform the required actions. The students are asked to provide a complete design of the proposed control system as well as implementing this design and validating its performance.
Energy harvesting system using fluid-flow induced vibrations (Already taken by a group)

Energy harvesting is the process by which energy is derived from external sources (e.g., solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, salinity gradients, and kinetic energy), captured, and stored. Frequently, this term is applied when speaking about small, wireless autonomous devices, like those used in wearable electronics and wireless sensor networks. One type of the sources is the energy developed during the vibration of elastic structures, such as for examples beams, oscillating objects, fluid-carrying pipelines,…etc. Although the amount of energy stored as well as the amount that could be extracted is small, it is of sufficient level to power up many electronic devices and remote sensors. It is the objective of this project to design an efficient energy harvesting device using piezoelectric material elements mounted on oscillating structure to convert the vibration energy into electrical power that can be used to power up an electronic device, such as a small LCD monitor or charge up a battery. The project participants shall learn the piezoelectric material characteristics, usage and implementation as well as the dynamic excitation modes of structures. In addition, the students shall be exposed to a new laser vibrometer system that can measure the deflection of the oscillating structure and how energy extraction affects its performance. 
Data Acquisition and analysis of pressure variations in Oil & Gas pipeline networks (Already taken by a group)

The energy infrastructure is a key resource upon which most of our other infrastructures depend. Failure in the energy sector can cascade to other sectors, often creating widespread disruption. This project addresses failures in the pipeline infrastructure and associated vulnerabilities of the electric power, oil, and gas sectors. These pipeline networks often convey hazardous materials. In case of any mechanical failure and a leakage risks for the environment plus for a life-threatening situation occur. In this project, the problem of the adequate design of oil and gas pipeline networks will be addressed through the proper dynamic response analysis of fluid flow under steady state pulsating flow conditions in piping networks. 
The students will be required to operate a pilot gas plant existing at ASU-GARDS, driven by both reciprocating and centrifugal compressors. They will then use advanced data acquisition systems to collect data or pressure (static and dynamic) and temperature in different points inside the pipeline network. This plant includes different types of valves and the measurements will be taken at different operating positions and points. The last stage is to simulate these responses using SIDLAB software for the simulation of sound generation and propagation in duct systems.
To Apply:

Send an email to including a list of the proposed group including:
  1. The title of the project you are interested in.
  2. Names
  3. Mobile numbers
  4. Emails
  5. Grade in 3rd year
  6. Expertise for each student (Few words describing your main skills and interests)
Maximum recommended number of students is FIVE.


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