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EET Capstone Student Project: Multi-sensor device to monitor external atmospheric conditions and GPS location for evaluating rust potential on coils

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Capstone and Senior Design Projects Session

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Engineering Technology

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23.459.1 - 23.459.16



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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev is earned his bachelor degree in electrical engineering in Moscow University of Electronics and Automation in 1995. He obtained the Master degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 2004 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev research interests include high energy lasers propagation through the turbulent atmosphere, developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy. He is also involved in developing new eye-tracking experimental techniques for extracting 3-D shape of the object from the movement of human eyes. Dr. Sergeyev is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Seth William Adams

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EET Capstone Student Project: Multi-sensor device to monitor external atmospheric conditions and GPS location for evaluating rust potential on coilsAs part of the continuous efforts in developing industry partnerships that will lead to priorityconsideration of graduates from The School of Technology. ArcelorMittal, the world's leadingsteel company with operations in more than 60 countries, collaborated with The ElectricalEngineering Technology (EET) Program at THE University to engage a group of EET studentsin solving engineering problem as part of capstone integrating experience and to fulfill thedegree program requirements.ArcelorMittal utilizes railroad system to ship metal coils through different climate zones of theUnited States. Due to significant temperature and humidity fluctuations during transportation, thecoils are subject to corrosion. To understand the severity of climate conditions, have an ability tocharacterize them geographically, and to fully evaluate the cause and the strength of thecorrosion, the data containing the information on the humidity, temperature and associated GPSlocation. must be collected. Further evaluation of this data will allow the company to take thepreventive actions to protect the shipped materials.To design and build a "black box" capable of collecting all the required data a Senior Design(SD) of 2 students was formed in Electrical Engineering program in the School of Technology atthe UNIVERSITY. Working with the sponsor the project significance was identified as thedevelopment and proof of concept demonstration of the described multi-sensor system enablingthe atmospheric and GPS data collection for the materials shipped through different climatezones of the United States. The benefits are significant - the availability of this data allows thecompany to analyze the atmospheric conditions along the shipped route, register harsh zoneswith high humidity and extreme temperatures-the conditions that severely affect the corrosionprocess. The GPS data will provide the information on the location as well as the duration onundesired climate conditions. This valuable data will be used to pretreat the shipped materials inorder to protect them from the corrosion. Additionally, the project provides an excellentopportunity for EET students to apply their skills and course work and interact with industry on areal-world design challenge.In this article, we describe an effective approach of working on industry sponsored SD project,the SD team requirements, the significance of the project, and specific project outcomes.

Sergeyev, A., & Alaraje, N., & Adams, S. W. (2013, June), EET Capstone Student Project: Multi-sensor device to monitor external atmospheric conditions and GPS location for evaluating rust potential on coils Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19473

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