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Development of a Novel Engine Test Rig for Research and Educational Purposes

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting


California State University, Los Angeles , California

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April 4, 2019

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April 4, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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Pejman Akbari California State Polytechnic University in Pomona

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Dr. Pejman Akbari is an assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with over a decade of experience and expertise in utilizing unsteady flows for advanced propulsion and power generation systems. His education includes a Postdoctoral Research position at Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis (2004-2006), B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1998) degrees in Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. (2004) in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University. Dr. Akbari is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed journals/papers and 3 patents related to nonsteady-flow devices.

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Brad Kevin Thomas Electro Mechanical Systems Engineering Technology

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Born and raised in Chino, CA and with a Bachelors Degree from California Polytechnic Pomona, Brad Thomas has alway been interested in anything mechanical as well as engines. Brad stays busy working on and building engines for all kinds of cars, motorcycles and even boats as well as enjoying time with friends and family.

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Christopher John Tait Cal Poly Pomona

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Christopher (CJ) Tait obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Electromechanical Systems Engineering Technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in June 2018. During his senior year at Cal Poly Pomona, CJ contributed to the design and manufacturing of the Radial Wave Engine. After graduation, he worked as a Research Engineer testing the Radial Wave Engine at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Continuing his career in the Aerospace industry, CJ works as a Design Engineer at HiRel Connectors, Inc.

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Colby Stark

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This paper overviews a senior design project conducted by three undergraduate engineering students at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), aimed at developing a small-scale test bed facility to support ongoing research on the subject of novel engines, as well as enhancing academic education. The project received support from a local industrial company (Weistec Engineering) and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. The paper reports how the idea was conceived from design concept to manifestation of a demonstrator engine through detailed planning and significant team efforts. The paper describes the planning and implementation process including required course development, securing funding for the research, and student involvements in the design process, construction and assembly, initial testing, lessons learned, and plans for future work. The project’s approach could be adapted to projects in any engineering discipline. Reporting this journey aims to stimulate interest among academic faculty and students in pursuing comparable endeavors and taking advantage of available resources offered by academia, industry, and the government.

Akbari, P., & Thomas, B. K., & Tait, C. J., & Stark, C. (2019, April), Development of a Novel Engine Test Rig for Research and Educational Purposes Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California.

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