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A Senior Design Project: The Design of an Experimental Carbon Dioxide Capture System for Enhancing Student Learning on Green Energy Manufacturing

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Manufacturing Division Technical Session 7

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Richard Chiou Drexel University

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University

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Michael Mauk is Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Engineering Technology program.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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The paper presents a senior design project that engages in educational activities to enhance learning on green energy manufacturing, including design, development, and testing of a CO2 capture system. The project is leveraged towards engineering student skills in computer-aided design, material processing, instrumentation, and control. Students had to utilize manufacturing methods and techniques to create such a system for the future construction of manufacturing plants in industry. In order to achieve this, the amine material, Polyethylenimine (PEI), was used as adsorbent for the capture system in the project. PEI has the capability to bind to CO2 at room temperature and pressure and then release it when heated. The PEI was impregnated onto a porous material, fumed silica, in order to increase its surface area and adsorption capability. Air is passed over this adsorbent mixture using a vacuum pump, and with the use of CO2 sensors, the amount of CO2 adsorbed is accurately measured. The adsorption stage continues until the mixture is fully saturated; after which, a series of valves are toggled, and the regeneration stage begins. The device is a continuous cycle in a closed system that makes use of a PEI membrane to adsorb CO2 from the atmosphere at room temperature and pressure conditions; the captured CO2 can be released upon being heated and then dissolved into water. A prototype with conditioning electronics for sensor monitoring was constructed. Data acquisition software was written using LabVIEW™ and Arduino to measure environmental parameters, including temperature, CO2, and pH. For the sake of achieving the student learning outcomes, experiments were conducted, including sensor monitoring and process control. A concluding section discusses the student learning experiences during this project.

Chiou, R., & Mauk, M. G., & Tseng, T. B. (2019, June), A Senior Design Project: The Design of an Experimental Carbon Dioxide Capture System for Enhancing Student Learning on Green Energy Manufacturing Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--31992

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