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A Multidisciplinary Capstone Senior Project: Interactive Cooling System

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design Across Disciplines

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.74.1 - 25.74.12



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Hosni I. Abu-Mulaweh Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Hosni I. Abu-Mulaweh is professor of mechanical engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Ind. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly, University of Missouri, Rolla), Rolla, Mo. His areas of interest are heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics.

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Hossein M. Oloomi Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Donald W. Mueller Jr. P.E. Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne


Omobola Ayoyimika Thomas Cummins Filtration, Inc.

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Omobola Thomas graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering with highest distinction. She currently works as a Test Engineer for Cummins Filtration, Inc., and is also working towards her master's degree in electrical engineering. Her Interest areas in electrical engineering include automatic control systems and digital signal processing. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, and reading.

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A multidisciplinary Capstone Senior Project: Interactive Cooling System Demonstration UnitPrecision Cooling Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation has requested the development of aneducational Interactive Cooling System (ICS). The purpose of this educational InteractiveCooling System is to demonstrate the versatility and capabilities of Parker’s Precision Coolingtwo-phase electronic-cooling technology. The two-phase cooling technology utilizes the heat ofvaporization of a refrigerant in order to absorb excessive heat, commonly generated by a highpowered electronic. The two-phase cooling technology is safer and more efficient method ofheat transfer that reduces the weight, increases power density, and costs far less than thetraditional heat sink or water cooling system.A multidisciplinary capstone senior design team consisted of three mechanical engineeringstudents and two electrical engineering students was selected to work on this project. The teamwas advised by two faculty members: one mechanical engineering and one electricalengineering. The capstone senior design project spans two semesters. In the first semester, theproblem statement is formulated and basic conceptual designs are generated and then evaluated.The best conceptual design is then selected and a complete and detailed design is generated bythe end of the first semester. In the second semester, a prototype of the finished design is built,tested and evaluated. The final report and oral presentation to faculty and students are requiredfrom all design teams at the end each semester.The ICS is composed of the following components: cold plate, condenser, fan, pump,accumulator, piping, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, flow meter, R-134A refrigerant,fiberglass shell, aluminum frame, power supply, personal computer (PC), touchscreen monitor,data acquisition system (DAQ), and control algorithm. These components were researched,analyzed, modeled and selected to achieve specific performance criteria.Precision Cooling Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation provided support to construct twoICS units. One unit is for Parker Hannifin Corporation to be used in technology trade shows todemonstrate the versatility and capabilities of Parker’s Precision Cooling two-phase electronic-cooling technology . And the other unit is for our department of engineering to demonstratethermodynamics processes and principles for our undergraduate mechanical engineeringstudents. Such an apparatus would enhance the teaching (and learning) of thermodynamics.Students would be able to apply thermodynamics principles, such as the first and second laws,learned in the classroom lectures, to real-life problems. This approach could make the learning ofthermodynamics a more pleasant experience for undergraduate mechanical engineering students.

Abu-Mulaweh, H. I., & Oloomi, H. M., & Mueller, D. W., & Thomas, O. A. (2012, June), A Multidisciplinary Capstone Senior Project: Interactive Cooling System Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20834

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