Vincent Chan, Ph.D,
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Mec825 Group Meeting time
Thursdays 10am - 12noon
Virtual - Live Zoom Meetings
Note: attendance to lectures is mandatory,
as we will usually have invited speakers
from industry talking to you about
Project Bid RFP's Due: Monday, Jan 18th, 2021, 11:59pm, D2L Assignments tab
Your team can submit bids to as many project below as you want, however, all bids must follow the RFP format outlined below.
No late bids will be accepted!
All bids will be reviewed and awarded soley to winning teams by V. Chan, P.Eng.
Project Timeline Due: Monday, Jan 25th, 2021, D2L Assignments tab
Responsibilities of Each Team Member - Due: Friday, Jan 29th, 2021, D2L Assignments tab
Interim Report - Due: Friday, Feb 12th, 2021, 11:59pm D2L Assignments tab
Interim Report Requirements:
Please use the template below
Table of Contents - Completed and Future Chapters in the final engineering report
Introduction - Explain the problem and your design methodology to solve it.
Literature Review - what others have done to solve this problem
Other - as your faculty supervisor requested
Preliminary Design Drawings (including flowcharts if necessary) - Due: Friday, March 12th, 2021, D2L Assignments tab
Conference Paper - Due: Friday, April 9th, 2021, 11:59pm D2L Assignments tab
Final Reports - Due: Friday, April 9th, 2021, 11:59pm D2L Assignments tab
Project Presentations - All Day! Poster Presentation/Power Point
Ryerson Engineering Day (RED):
* Time & Date: TBA
Note: Professors usually only supervise 2 groups max.
|Prof. Habiba Bougherara - EPH 312C||
Is not teaching this semester and will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Jun Cao - EPH
1. ANSYS design of a rigid frame in support of a bridge;
2. Design and optimization of a bike design using ANSYS.
Please see Dr. Cao for more details on the project
|Prof. Vincent Chan - EPH 326
1. Automation of a Manual Espresso Maker
Since it's Kickstarter launch 3 years ago, the Flair Espresso Maker has grown in popularity. https://flairespresso.com/ It offers a simple way to make a cafe level espresso for very little money. However, two minor shortcomings exits. Pre-heating of the brew head, and the lowering of the lever to create pressure. Your task in the design project is to design an automated (ie. Arduino controlled) brew head heater, and a motorized pressure piston that will create the required pressures with the proper timings. Due to the pandemic, only the design is expected at the end of the semester. (no prototype)
Many bird feeders use passive mechanical devices (springs, baffles, etc) to prevent squirrels from feeding on seed at a bird feeders. In this project, you are asked to design an acitve anit-squirrel bird feeder using an Arduino, sensors and servos. Due to the pandemic, only the design is expected at the end of the semester. (no prototype)
|Prof. Daolun Chen -
2. Design of lightweight and corrosion-resistant magnesium body panels
|Prof. Seth Dworkin - EPH 324||
|Prof. Jake Friedman - EPH 301||
1) Steam Generation from Waste Heat
Design a heat exchanger/steam generator system to generate steam from the exhaust gases (1400 Deg F) from a medium-sized (5,000,000 BTU/hr) industrial furnace.
2) Solar-powered emergency cooling system
Design a portable solar-powered cooling system designed to provide cooling to emergency tents/shelters as used by the Red Cross and other NGO’s in emergency response situations.
|Prof. Alan Fung - EPH340A||
Dr. Fung is already supervising his allotment of teams.
|Prof. Ahmad Ghasempoor - EPH 325||
1) Design of Equipment for Cleaning of Welded Surfaces
|Prof. Siyuan He - EPH 312B||
Project 1 LIDAR based interactive projection screen
Student will develop an interactive projection screen based on a general projection screen (cloth, flat wall, etc.), a projector, a computer and a LIDAR (light detection and ranging). The LIDAR is mounted at the corner of the screen. Once presenter’s figure touches or is (1~2 mm) close to the screen, the LIDAR detects the finger’s position and send it to computer. The computer is connected to the projector and superimposes an image (e.g., buttons) to the PPT slide, which is projected to the screen. Once the computer receives the signal from the LIDAR on the finger’s position on the screen, the following action is taken by the computer, e.g., Requirement 1)if the finger is on one of buttons (e.g., “page-down” or “page-up” or “Enter”), the computer will control the PPT software to page down/up/enter; Requirement2) If the finger is not on the button position, the computer can follow the trajectory of the finger tip to draw a line for highlighting. That line is superimposed on the PPT slide in a real time mode. Similar interactive projection screens are available but very expensive. This project is to develop low cost interactive projection screen. The students are to: 1) Design the whole system; 2) Purchase parts including the LIDAR; 3) Developing the software; 4) Developing the hardware for mounting; and 5) Testing. Requirement 1)must be fulfilled.Requirement 2)is optional.
Project 2 LIDAR system to prevent automatic glass door from clamping people
This project is to develop a system with a LIDAR (light detection a d ranging) mounted on the top of the automatic glass door within the door thickness (normally a few inches). The scanning LDIAR can detect any object within (only within) the door thickness. Once any object is detected, the moving glasses need to stop opening or closing to prevent from clamping the objects such as children’s finger. The students need to: 1) Develop the scanning LIDAR which consists of a scanning mirror (existing lab’s technology), a single point LIDAR, an angle sensor, and the mounting mechanism; 2) Develop a demonstration hardware; 3) Make the prototype and conduct the test.
|Prof. Wey Leong -
1. Keeping Coffee Warm using a Phase Change Material
|Prof. Bill Lin
2. Vibration suppression of unmanned arial vehicle.
3. Autonomous gutter cleaning robot.
4. Design of Vib Absorber for Field Applications
|Prof. Hua Lu - EPH334B||will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. David Naylor - EPH||
1. Design of Thermal Management Systems with SolidWorks Flow Simulation:
This project will involve the design a set of heat exchange devices of increasing complexity using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The project will start with relatively simple modelling of heat sinks and then move on to two-fluid heat exchangers of increasing complexity. At each step, the CFD predictions will be carefully validated using both fluid dynamics theory (MEC516/MEC616) and heat transfer theory (MEC701). Mesh design considerations and numerical accuracy of the CFD modelling will be assessed. The goal is for the design team to learn how to model real-world heat exchange devices and have confidence that the CFD results are reliable from an engineering design perspective. (CFD modelling is a highly marketable skill.)
Dr. Naylor will only be taking on 1 additional team.
|Prof. Don Oguamanan - EPH 319||
|Prof. Marcello Papini - EPH327|
1. Design of a solar powered propulsion retrofit for canoes
The aim is to design a solar powered propulsion system that can be fit to a standard 16 ft canoe. It must provide propulsion for 3 hours a day and be sufficiently robust and lightweight to allow the canoe to be portaged over distances of up to 500 m.
2. Design of a whirling arm abrasive jet micro-machining apparatus operating in a vacuum
|Prof. Ravi Ravindran - EPH332D||
1. Light weighting of Electric Vehicle Components: Battery Enclosure
In order to achieve global emissions standards and impact the carbon footprint of the automotive industry, much of the automotive industry is shifting to lighter alloys to reduce the weight of their vehicles. For Electric Vehicles (EVs) to become more practical, weight reduction is one avenue to improve the performance and cost of the vehicle.
2. Development of novel 3d-printed patterns for lost foam casting of aluminum alloys.
The goal of this research is to formulate the relationship between metal flowability, foam porosity, polymer characteristics, and infill distribution of a 3d-printed foam pattern using a multi-physics FEA
|Prof. Sajad Saeedi - EPH413||
Project 1: Cleaning Surfaces
This project is intended for robotic applications in hospitals where the task is to clean a set of surfaces by a robotic system. The cleaning is both contactless and contact-based. The team will use a robotic arm and simulate the task in simulation environments e.g. ROS. The real-world experiments will be performed after successfully completing the simulation step.
Project 2: Changing Bedsheets
This project is intended for robotic applications in hospitals where the task is to change bedsheets by a robotic system. The team will use a mobile robot with one or two arms. The task will be simulated first using computer simulation methods, e.g. ROS. The real-world experiments will be performed after successfully completing the simulation step.
Project 3: Autonomous Landing on Moving Surface Vehicles
This is a project involving two unmanned vehicles: aerial and ground vehicles. The project involves the autonomous landing of the aerial vehicle on a ground vehicle. This project will be done in simulation and then in real-world environments. Familiarity with C++/Python/ROS is needed for this project.
Project 4: Experimental k-visibility using WiFi-SLAM
WiFi SLAM exploits the fact that a mobile sensor equipped with a WiFi sensor can build a map of the environment solely by analyzing the distribution of the WiFi Signal. In the design of WiFi networks, k-visibility is a novel metric used frequently to determine the quality of the signal at different points on the map. In this project, the objective is to develop an experimental approach to build the k-visibility map. This will lead to an improvement in the performance of the WiFi SLAM algorithms and also the k-visibility maps.
|Prof. Ziad Saghir - EPH 322||
|Prof. Fil Salustri - EPH 306B||
1. Reconceptualizing the bathroom
According to Toto Design, the bathroom is the most underdesigned room in a house, particularly with respect to inclusiveness and universal design. Reconceptualize the notion of the domestic bathroom from “first principles” to bring it into the 21st Century. Use systems thinking and design to develop an integrated yet modular space for personal cleaning.
2. Compact, Portable Workshop
|Prof. Farrokh Sharifi - EPH 318||
1. Design of Snake Robots
2. Image-based Control of Snake Robots
|Prof. Frankie Stewart - EPH320|
Is not teaching this winter semester and therefore will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Scott Tsai - EPH338B||
1. Design and simulation of microfluidic chemical mixing channels
Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems have become ubiquitous in biomedical research. For example, microfluidic devices have been used for single cell studies, DNA sequencing, and drug testing. Due to the small-scale of microfluidic systems, microfluidics is well-suited for manipulation of cell-scale biological agents and particles, and reduces the amount of reagents required during experiments. However, despite the promise of microfluidics to miniaturize and transform biochemical assays, microfluidic devices are still hampered by slow molecular diffusion process at small scales. Since fluid flow in microfluidic systems is completely laminar, diffusion happens only passively. Many diffusion-limited reactions are very slow as a consequence of this weakness of microfluidic devices. It is therefore desirable to develop microfluidic mixing channels that increase the diffusion area between different chemical effluents, without dramatically increasing the overall footprint of the microfluidic devices. In this project, the students will use COMSOL Multiphysics, to design various microfluidic channel geometries, and simulate fluid flow and diffusion dynamics in the channels, to analyze the channel's fluid mixing efficiency. Students will review the scientific literature to understand what designs may improve mixing efficiency, develop their own ideas on new designs, and implement those designs in COMSOL Multiphysics.
2. Design and simulation of microfluidic geometries that enable the separation of particles by size and density
Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems have become ubiquitous in biomedical research. For example, microfluidic devices have been used for single cell studies, DNA sequencing, and drug testing. Due to the small-scale of microfluidic systems, microfluidics is well-suited for manipulation of cell-scale biological agents and particles and reduces the amount of reagents required for experiments. One of the most important microfluidic biomedical applications is microscale flow cytometry--the separation of two or more types of particles based on their physical and/or biological properties. The capability to efficiently separate microparticles may find utility in cell sorting, enrichment, and isolation. While microfluidic flow cytometry by electromagnetic means has been demonstrated in the past, these approaches require the microparticles to be "tagged" by objects that are either magnetic or produce an electrical dipole under an applied electric field. To date, there has not been a widely accepted way to perform microfluidic flow cytometry without applying electromagnetic tags. In this project, students will use COMSOL Multiphysics to design various microfluidic channels that enable the efficient separation of two types of particles by particle size and density, without tagging the particles. Students will review the relevant scientific literature to understand the state-of-the-art techniques being employed for microfluidic flow cytometry, and devise new and novel designs to exploit physical phenomena (e.g. inertia) to separate the particles in microfluidic systems.
|Prof. Mark Towler - EPH319||will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Ahmad Varvani
- EPH 306C
1. Parametric design to improve ratcheting response of load-bearing components
2. Design and analysis of stress raisers of different shapes and geometries with minimized stress concentrations under cyclic loads
3. Design and FE analysis over single fiber pull-out in FRP composites
|Prof. Venkat Venkatkrishnan - EPH312A||1. Design of nano Composite hockey stick:
The project required details analysis of nano composites (fabrication and design methodology) and its physical properties for its application in sport equipments. The group will be required to compare different nano composite materials, fabrication methodology and their design parameters. Theoretical data need to compare with simulated results under different design parameters considered.
2. Design of a micro fluidic device for biological cell analysis:
Lab on a chip is widely used for sensing and diagnostic application in biomedical field. The group is required to investigate various methodologies in fabricating micro fluidic devices, its advancement (state of the art). A cell separating micro fluidic device need to be designed based on the property of the biological cell and micro fluid mechanics principle. Design parameters validated by Simulation.
|Prof. Shudong Yu - EPH321||
Topic 1 Design of an electric powered food processor
To prepare fine Italian/Greek/Chinese cuisine, vegetables and meat need to be chopped into desired sizes and shapes. It is difficult to accomplish the tasks with the traditional rotating type of food processor. In this capstone project, a light-duty food processor with reciprocating blades will be designed to do the jobs efficiently for household and industrial uses. The most important design is the 3D mechanisms with single input and multiple coordinated outputs. Below are the requirements - Adjustable stroke - Adjustable angular feed - Twin blades - Durable and affordable - Quiet - For a compact design and efficiency, a multi-stage PGT is needed to reduce the speed from the motor shaft to desired linear/angular speeds at the output shafts/joints. - A prototype is desired but not required.
Topics 2: Own design topics in the area of development of energy saving electro-mechanical devices for household uses.
Prof. Kourosh Zareinia
1. Design and development of a 3DOF haptic device for interaction with virtual environment.
note: Dr. Zareinia will only be taking on 1 more group. Please see Dr. Zareinia for information about the above project.