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A Capstone Experience Through the Development of a Powder Compaction System During COVID-19 Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Manufacturing Division Session: Make-it!

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Byul Hur Texas A&M University

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Dr. B. Hur received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea, in 2000, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. In 2017, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. USA, where he is currently an Assistant Professor. He worked as a postdoctoral associate from 2011 to 2016 at the University Florida previously. His research interests include Mixed-signal/RF circuit design and testing, measurement automation, environmental & biomedical data measurement, and educational robotics development.

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Chao Ma Texas A&M University

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Dr. Chao Ma received his B.E. degree from Tsinghua University in 2010, M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2012, and Ph.D. degree from University of California, Los Angeles in 2015, all in Mechanical Engineering. He was a senior mechanical engineer at Cymer (an ASML company) from 2015 to 2016. He is currently an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. His teaching interests are manufacturing processes and product design. His research interests include additive manufacturing, laser manufacturing, and metal matrix nanocomposites.

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Brey C. Caraway Texas A&M University

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Jorge I. Roa Texas A&M University

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Alejandro X. Trejos Texas A&M University

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Pauline Davila Texas A&M University

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A powder compaction system can be useful to various manufacturing technologies. In order to create a powder compaction system, a four-student capstone team is formed with two faculty advisors. This team started their capstone as usual. However, in the middle of the first semester of the capstone (Spring 2020), the team has experienced imposed restrictions due to COVID-19. Restrictions due to COVID-19 were still active in the second semester (Fall 2020). The team could complete the capstone project in Fall 2020 during COVID-19. In this paper, the powder compaction system is introduced. The details of the block diagrams and fabricated prototype device are presented. Testing and verifications are shown, and the capstone evaluation is presented.

Hur, B., & Ma, C., & Caraway, B. C., & Roa, J. I., & Trejos, A. X., & Davila, P. (2021, July), A Capstone Experience Through the Development of a Powder Compaction System During COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36555

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