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List of ME411 and ME415 Senior Design Project Proposals (041)
 
Serial Advisor(s) Project Titles and Brief Descriptions Pre-requisites No. of Students
1



 
Dr. Zaki Ahmad
B.J. Abdul Aleem


 
Innovative Coating Using Nano-Particles

A dramatic improvement in the quality of coatings in terms of opacity, gloss, color retention, water repellency and environmental pollution can be brought about by using nano-pigments.  The objective would be to observe the effect of nano-particles on the quality of coating.
Registering ME 427



 
4



 
2



 
Drs. E. Mokheimer
A. Shuaib
Rached Ben Mansour

 
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Evaporative
Cooling of Large Spaces in Dhahran

Evaporative cooling of large spaces (e.g. green houses) will be investigated.  A set of experiments, measuring tools, data loggers and analyzer would be either designed or utilized to asses this cooling method.
Senior Standing



 
4



 
3


 
Dr. Saif A. Al-Kaabi


 
Design of a Flexible Testing device for Pipes

A flexible mechanism (device) is needed to test tubes and pipes using vibration or/and ultrasonic sensors.  The device must be able to position the sensors around the pipe outer surface for both exciters and receivers.
ME 308


 
2-3


 
4





 
Drs. H. M. Badr
N. Merah




 
Design of a Radial-Type Centrifugal Pump

The project aims to design, a radial-type pump centrifugal pump that is required to operate at a certain specific condition (speed of rotation, head and flow rate).  The work involves the design of the pump impeller and casing in addition to the design of the driving shaft, bearings and the sealing system. The performance characteristics are to be predicted at different speeds.
ME 438 or consent
of the instructors



 
2-3




 
5



 
Drs. Habib Abualhamayel
P. Gandhidasan


 
Testing of a dew recovery system

The formation of dew is a very natural phenomenon. This type of water collection is possible whenever humid air and clear nighttime skies exist simultaneously.  A suitable system for dew recovery is designed. This will be tested in Dhahran and close by area.
ME 315


 
2


 
6



 
Drs. Habib Abualhamayel
P. Gandhidasan


 
Testing of a fog collector

The problem of obtaining additional water from fog is received serious attention.  The most suitable location for collection of fog water in the Kingdom is identified as Abha area (southwest region of the Kingdom).  Testing will be conducted in this area.
ME 315


 
1-2


 
7












 
Dr. M. A. Habib












 
Design of a compressor, turbine and a combustion chamber of a small power gas turbine unit

Objectives: design a compressor, a turbine and a combustion chamber of a small power gas turbine unit.

Procedure:
1. Calculate the required mass flow rate and the pressure ratio of the compressor and turbine.
2. Calculate the number of stages of the compressor and turbine
3. Calculate the dimensions of the annulus for the compressor and turbine.
4. Calculate the blade angles for each of the compressor and turbine blades and plot the velocity diagrams.
5. Calculate the number of burners, fuel flow rates and size of the combustion chamber.
6. Provide the necessary construction diagrams.
 
ME 427











 
2











 
8







 
Drs. Habib Abualhamayel
P. Gandhidasan






 
CONCENTRATION OF LIQUID FOODS USING DESICCANT TECHNOLOGY REDESIGN AND TESTING

CONCENTRATION OF LIQUID FOODS, SUCH AS FRUIT JUICES, REDUCES PACKAGING, TRANSPORT AND STORAGE COSTS, WHILST THE REDUCED WATER ACTIVITY ENHANCES STORAGE STABILITY.  A FALLING-FILM, VERTICAL, LONG-TUBE EVAPORATOR WILL BE REDESIGNED AND FABRICATED.  TESTS WILL BE CONDUCTED USING CALCIUM CHLORIDE SOLUTION AS THE DESICCANT. 
ME 315





 
2





 
9






 
Drs. Habib Abualhamayel
P. Gandhidasan





 
Testing of a water recovery system using calcium chloride solution

This project proposes to use calcium chloride solution to extract fresh water from the atmosphere.  The nighttime moisture absorption and daytime moisture desorption take place in the same unit. The unit consists of a flat, blackened, tilted surface and is covered with a single glazing.  A suitable system is ready for operation and it will be tested both in the night as well as in the daytime.
ME 315





 
2





 
10








 
Dr. Abdel-Salam Eleiche








 
Adapting Bicycle Technology For Under-Developed Countries

The objective of the project is to design mechanical devices that use standard bicycle parts,  in order to service various needs (e.g. transportation, farming, machineries, etc.) of many under-developed countries. The team will select particular useful applications for their project.  Suitable designs will be selected and documented.  Some of these designs will also be implemented. Special criteria will be set for the designs selected, e.g. inexpensive construction, sufficient strength, ease of use, maintenability, safety, etc.
 
Senior standing








 
3 (ME 415)
2 (ME 411)







 
11











 
Dr. M. Hawwa











 
Design of a MEMS Micro Motor

Background:
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are a class of devices which encompass components much less than a millimeter in any dimension. These devices are being used to perform as sensors or actuators, micro turbines, micro accelerometers, printer heads, and even power generators.  

Project:
Design an electrostatic linear micro motor to produce a displacement as a result to the application of electrical voltage. Demonstrate the device performance analytically and use a CAD package to refine the design and achieve an effective functioning.

 
Senior standing











 
1











 
12











 
Dr. M. Hawwa











 
Optimization of a Laminated Composite Beam

Background:
Composite materials have been increasingly used in many engineering applications. The popularity of composites is due to their amenability to tailoring of their mechanical properties. It would be ideal to design properly optimized light weight laminated composite structural elements with no reduction in strength.

Project:
Deflection, stress-strain, and buckling behaviors are all equally important for a composite beam to be mechanically sound. Design a composite layered beam, where the use of laminates in the design should offer the possibility to combine the desirable properties of different materials to realize optimized mechanical characteristics.

  
Senior standing











 
1