Vincent Chan, Ph.D,
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Mec825 Group Meeting time
Thursdays 10am - 12noon
Janurary: Virtual - Live Zoom Meetings
February-April - In Person ENG103
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 17th, 2022, 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 24th, 2022, D2L Assignments tab
Responsibilities of Each Team Member - Due: Friday, Jan 28th, 2022, D2L Assignments tab
Interim Report - Due: Friday, Feb 18th, 2022, 4pm Assignment Box 3rd floor EPH
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 11th, 2022, 4pm, Assignment Box 3rd floor EPH
Conference Paper - Due: Friday, April 8th, 2022, 4pm Mech Office EPH300
Final Reports - Due: Friday, April 8th, 2022, 4pm Mech Office EPH300
Project Presentations - All Day! Poster Presentation/Power Point
Ryerson Engineering Day (RED):
* Time & Date: TBA
NOTE: Hand-in location may change back to virtual if the COVID lockdown continures.
RFP template also available on D2L
Interim Report Template - Word Document - 28K
Conference Paper Template - Word Document - 39K
Final Design Report Guide
Design Report & Presentation Guide - PDF - 120K
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. Design of a racing bicycle using a computational software package
2. Finite element design of a 3-D wing-body configuration.
Please see Dr. Cao for more details on the project
|Prof. Vincent Chan - EPH 326
1. Automated delivery package lock box
A number of devices have come onto the market that provide a porch lock box to prevent delivery theft. However, these tend to be quite large and take a lot of space on the porch. Your team is tasked to design a package recepticle that is small and unobtrusive on the porch, but using sensors and servo motors (driven by a battery powered arduino), expands to secure the package once the delivery person has placed the box on the device. 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)
3. Arduino interfaced Dynamometer
A Prony break is a simple device used to measure the torque and power output of a motor or engine. In this project, you will design a small Prony brake to gather data to measure the torque and power curves for small hobby sized electric motors and gear motors. The data that you will need to gather: voltage, current, torque (force & distance), power (mechanical = torque x rpm and electical = voltage x current) and store this data on an SD card in an Excel format. Your Prony brake should be able to adapt to different motor & gear motor sizes with different output shaft sizes. More explanation is available on my video: link
Due to the pandemic, only the design is expected at the end of the semester. (no prototype)
|Prof. Daolun Chen -
1. Design of lightweight and corrosion-resistant magnesium body panels
|Prof. Seth Dworkin - EPH 324||
|Prof. Jake Friedman - EPH 301||
1) Waste Heat Recovery Heat Exchanger/Steam Generator:
Design a steam generator that uses the exhaust gases from a heat treating furnace (1450 Deg F, 10,000,000 BTU/hr) to produce high pressure steam that can be used for downstream processes such as driving a turbine for electricity generation.
2) Portable Emergency Solar Power Station:
Design a portable solar power station that can be set up in remote areas to provide emergency power for emergency medical response teams. The system must be portable enough to be carried in one pick-up truck, and be easily assembled by field personnel.
|Prof. Alan Fung - EPH340A||
Please see this link for Dr. Fung's projects. Note: that project #2 will be with Dr. Wey Leung.
|Prof. Ahmad Ghasempoor - EPH 325||
1) Design of Equipment for Cleaning of Welded Surfaces (Possible approaches: Automated mechanical brushing, Water jet cleaning)
2) Automated Robot to Transfer Various Goods on Basket Dollies
3) Automated Powder Mixing Equipment
|Prof. Siyuan He - EPH 312B||
Project 1 Scanning 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 scanning LIDAR (light detection and ranging). The 1D scanning 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., 1) if the finger is on one of buttons (e.g., “page-down” or “page-up” or “Enter” or keyboard), the computer will control the PPT software to page down/up/enter or respond to key board input; 2) 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 in the market but very expensive. This project is to develop a low cost interactive projection screen. The students are to: 1) Design the whole system; 2) Purchase parts including the single-point LIDAR; 3) Developing the micromirro based 2D scanning LIDAR by integrating a 1D scanning micromirror with the single –point LIDAR 4)Developing the software; 5) Developing the hardware for mounting; 6) Testing. Reference video: Dr. Siyuan He ‘s website (Available after Jan.01 2022)
Project 2 Scaning micromirror and retroreflective material 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 laser scanner using micromirror. The laser scanner is made of a scanning micromirror, an infrared laser and a photodiode (photo detector). Two such scanners are mounted at two lower corners of the display screen. A rim/wall made of retroreflective material is mounted on the top of the display screen. Once presenter’s figure touches or is (1~2 mm) close to the screen, the scanner can detect the finger’s position on the screen 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 display screen. Once the computer receives the signal from the scanner about the finger’s position on the screen, the following action is taken by the computer, e.g., 1) if the finger is on one of buttons (e.g., “page-down” or “page-up” or “Enter” or keyboard), the computer will control the PPT software to page down/up/enter or respond to key board input; 2) 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. This project is to develop a low cost interactive projection screen. The students are to: 1) Design the whole system; 2) Purchase parts including the laser, photodiode and retroreflective material; 3) developing the scanner by integrating a micromirror with an infrared laser and a photodetector; 3) Developing the software;
|Prof. Wey Leong -
Active Electrical Heating Stick for Keeping Coffee Hot
Hot coffee can become cold quite quickly. This will lead to less favorable enjoyment for some coffee drinkers. In order to keep the coffee hot for a longer period of time, a smart coffee heating stick is to be designed. It should be small and portable. It will sense the temperature of the coffee and automatically maintain an appropriate/desirable temperature setpoint of the coffee using an active electrical heating in the stick. A controller will analyze the rate change of coffee temperature and adjust an appropriate power to maintain the coffee at an appropriate/desired temperature of the coffee. Once the battery is low, it will turn on a light indicator to signal the coffee drinker to quickly drink the coffee before it becomes cold and also to indicate that the stick should be recharged before its next use.
(note: Dr. Leong is only taking on 1 additional group)
|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||
Is not teaching this semester and will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Don Oguamanan - EPH 319||
Is not teaching this semester and will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Marcello Papini - EPH327|
1) Design of a portable generator for back-country camping using water power
The aim is to design a device that can harvest the energy from moving water in order to provide power for back-country camping trips. The device could use wave power or employ a water turbine to generate electricity which would then be stored in a battery. The device must provide a footprint that is 20 cm square or less, and be able to at least provide a 50% charge on a typical cell phone battery based on the energy harvested overnight (~ 8hrs). It should weigh no more than 1 kg. It is assumed that lake conditions will be those that are typical for a lake in Algonquin Park during the summer months.
2) Design of a portable generator for back-country camping using wind power
The aim is to design a device that can harvest the energy from the wind in order to provide power for back-country camping trips. The device must generate electricity which would then be stored in a battery. The device must provide a footprint that is 20 cm square or less, and be able to at least provide a 50% charge on a typical cell phone battery based on the energy harvested overnight (~ 8hrs). It should weigh no more than 1 kg. It is assumed that the wind conditions are those typical adjacent to a lake in Algonquin Park in the summer months.
|Prof. Ravi Ravindran - EPH332D||
projects coming soon...
|Prof. Sajad Saeedi - EPH413||
1) Multi-robot Control Planning
In this project, you will assemble and work with a team of ground robots. You will develop an algorithm to control them to achieve a given task. Knowledge of C++, Python, Linux, and ROS is necessary.
|Prof. Ziad Saghir - EPH 322||
Topic#2 Optimize convective heat transfer in convergent/divergent mini channels
Topic#3 Optimization of patterned fins in energy storage tank.
Topic#4 Design an optimum mini channel heat sink using nano-encapsulated phase change material
Requirements for all topics
1. Excellent knowledge of AutoCAD or equivalent
2. Willingness to learn thermofluidic software COMSOL
3. Strong interest and knowledge in fluid flow, and heat transfer
A publication will be generated from this work and published in a special issue of the International Journal of Thermofluids, Elsevier , Guest editor Prof Ziad Saghir
|Prof. Fil Salustri - EPH 306B||
Is not teaching this winter semester and therefore will not be supervising any teams.
|Prof. Farrokh Sharifi - EPH 318||
1. Design of Snake Robots
The overall objective of this project is to successfully develop a working robotic snake in larger scale to aid search & rescue personnel or in smaller scale for medical interventions. The project will build on the previous work to identify the shortcomings and to enhance the design. A complete working prototype is required. Also experiments will need to be conducted to prove its applicability.
2. Image-based Control of Snake Robots
The purpose of this project is to implement real-time control of a sample snake robot to go through the obstacles. The emphasis is on image acquisition, processing, and control design. The experiments will be required to verify the design.
|Prof. Frankie Stewart - EPH320|
Project 1: Product Production/Automation Assessment
A current product manufactured and assembled by an area manufacturer would be assessed for effective/efficient manufacture process with particular attention to possible automation improvement. Involvement is required with a local company and several of their product line components. The student group is required to already have, or establish, contact with a local company/ industry partner who will provide a product or family of products to be assessed.
Project 2: Redesign for Company Product
A current product manufactured and assembled by an area manufacturer would be assessed for manufacture process and assembly operation optimization using DFMA [Design for Manufacture and Assembly] methodology as well as automation hardware and software. Involvement is required with a local company and several of their product line components. The students are required to already have, or establish, contact with a local company/ industry partner who will provide a product or family of products to be assessed. Experience with DFMA software (used in Mec734) would be of benefit to the student group undertaking this project.
|Prof. Scott Tsai - EPH338B||
Project 1. Design of a microfluidic platform for mRNA-encapsulating lipid nanoparticles
Microfluidic systems have become ubiquitous in biomedical research. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of this research has emerged to become critical elements in the development of the most effective vaccines, namely the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. Due to the degradation of mRNA in the body, scientists encapsulate the mRNA in lipid-coated nanoparticles to formulate the vaccine--this is done using approaches developed through microfluidics. Despite the success of microfluidics for lipid nanoparticle generation, this process is still hampered by slow molecular diffusion at small scales--hence, large-scale manufacturing of the mRNA vaccines have required alternative, higher throughput approaches. Since fluid flow in microfluidic systems is laminar, diffusion happens only passively. Many diffusion-limited reactions associated with nanoparticle formation are slower as a consequence of this weakness of microfluidic devices. It is therefore desirable to develop enhanced 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, and utility in generating lipid nanoparticles. Students will review the scientific literature to understand how the current mRNA-encapsulating nanoparticles were developed, what designs may improve mixing efficiency. Then, students will develop their own ideas on new designs, and implement those designs in COMSOL Multiphysics.
Project 2. Stress and displacement analyses of modern enduro hardtail mountain bike frames
Mountain bike geometry has evolved significantly over the past decade, as the sport of mountain biking has generally become more technical. Aside from cross country racing bikes, most mountain biking disciplines have become more decent-oriented, thereby necessitating modern mountain bike designs that have "longer, lower, and slacker" geometries. This evolution is also true for hardtail mountain bikes (bikes that have a suspended front end, and a rigid back end), culminating in the recent emergence of "enduro" hardtails. The newness of the sub-category of enduro hardtails means that the frame designs likely have room for improvement. In this capstone project, students will learn to use finite element analysis (via COMSOL Multiphysics software), in combination with computer-aided design (via SolidWorks software) to study a roster of modern enduro hardtail mountain bike frames. Students will perform stress and displacement analysis of each hardtail frame, and identify strengths and weaknesses of each design. Finally, students will use the knowledge gathered to design a new enduro hardtail frame that simultaneously achieves the goals of maximizing compliance over technical terrain, minimizing energy loss during pedaling, balanced handling, and good durability.
|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
4. Reliable Design of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for large gatherings. This project requires the group to perform literature survey, discuss latest design developments and methods, and propose a unique design/ method to minimize contigency of covid-19 in public meetings and gatherings.
|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 Programmable DC Servomotor with Precise Torque Control.Description: To control the torque produced by a DC motor, one method is to control the motor current. Existing servomotors in the market are mostly designed to control the position or speed of the motor. This project aims at design and development of a programmable DC servomotor with precise torque control. The motor torque can be controlled by direct torque measurements (torque sensor) or by controlling the current of the motor.
2. Design and development of a 3-degrees-of-freedom gimbal mechanism for haptic device.Description: previously, a haptic device has been designed and developed that provides 3 degrees of freedom force feedback for operators. This project aims at designing a gimbal mechanism with 3 rotational degrees of freedom to be added to that haptic device.
3. Design and development of a vision-based force/torque sensor.Description: this project aims at design and development of a mechanism that can measure force/torque in 1-3 degrees of freedom using camera images, image processing and artificial intelligence.