UC Berkeley Engineering Showcase
These are a few of the projects I worked on while getting my BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
DARPA MBARC Amphibious Vehicle Challenge
Goal: create a vehicle capable of traveling quickly through water and on land. We took apart an advanced RC car, created a styrofoam shell, put them back together, added motors, propellors, and batteries, and waterproofed the contraption. We then raced against MIT and Vanderbilt at the Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego.
Advanced Engineering Design and Graphics
Goal: use Creo and 3D Studio Max to create and animate digital models. In this case, the Warwick Trebuchet, the largest functional trebuchet on Earth, and a P-38 "Lightning" WWII fighter plane.
Goal: gain experience with several methods of rapid prototyping, including 3D printing, water jetting, and CNC milling.
Finite Element Analysis
Goal: simulate the wind flow over a turbine using Solidworks and other software.
Goal: learn the proper way to prepare, run, and analyze data from laboratory experiments. In this case: the optimum angle to wear a hat against the wind, and effects of various combinations of springs, shims, and dampeners on valve float and spring surge in a 4-cylinder engine.
Mechatronics Design and Experimentation
Goal: learn some advanced techniques for creating and testing mechanisms. Each of the below mechanisms was 3D printed and stress tested.
Product Design - Compact Composting
Goal: create a product, from initial needfinding and benchmarking, through prototyping and design iteration, to lifecycle analysis and sales pitch. In our case, Compact Composting - a system to enable those living in apartments and urban homes to compost their organic trash.