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College-Industry Design Project Case Study: Process Heater Simulator

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 1

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College Industry Partnerships

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24.287.1 - 24.287.11



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Charles E. Baukal Jr. P.E. John Zink Hamworthy Combustion

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Chuck Baukal, Ph.D., P.E. is the Director of the John Zink Institute, which is the training organization for John Zink Hamworthy Combustion where he has been since 1998. He has over 30 years of industrial experience and over 20 years of adjunct teaching experience. He teaches chemical and mechanical engineering courses as an adjunct instructor at Oral Roberts University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Utah. He is the author/editor of 13 books on industrial combustion and over 150 publications on combustion and engineering education, and an inventor on 11 U.S. patents.

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Andrew Walter

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Bethany Dickie

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College-Industry Design Project Case Study: Process Heater SimulatorJohn Zink Hamworthy Combustion sponsored a senior design project at Oral Roberts Universityto improve a process heater simulator. The simulator is used in instructional demonstrations inprocess burner courses offered by the John Zink Institute, which is the training organization forthe company. This was a unique partnership because the industry advisor was an adjunctinstructor at the university and one of the university team members was an intern at the companybefore and during the project, working for the industry advisor. The industry advisor also taughtall three senior design team members in two different mechanical engineering courses in theirjunior year. This project involved redesigning a simulator which was originally a senior designproject at another institution. The previous design had some issues, mostly because of inadequatecommunication between the industry advisor and the university team. The improved designcorrected some of the original design issues and added many new features. The very closecollaboration between the industry advisor and the university intern made this a particularlysuccessful and award-winning project. The constant communication allowed substantial changesand improvements to be made during the process. However, despite the intimate workingrelationship, some of the original project goals were not accomplished, such as collectingextensive operating data and automatically controlling the draft and excess oxygen. Furtherdesign improvements were recommended for a potential future design team. The paper willdiscuss some of the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned from this effective partnership incomparison to more traditional industry-sponsored senior design projects.

Baukal, C. E., & Walter, A., & Dickie, B. (2014, June), College-Industry Design Project Case Study: Process Heater Simulator Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20178

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