As part of the MEE group’s university outreach initiatives, HVIL has sponsored multiple year-long capstone design projects for the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Our subject matter experts provide problem statements and design parameters to a group of senior-level mechanical engineering students. Coordinating with these students, MEE personnel provides mentorship and design guidance as the team creates deliverables that meet real-world needs.
FXR Fixture Team (Spring 2020-Fall 2020)
Personnel (from left to right): Gabriella Smith, Clara Schall, Austin Clark, Joseph Stricklin, Ian Rowatt, Shiv Gupta, Armando Montelongo
Initially, the MEE group submitted a problem statement detailing the need for a support structure for the flash X-ray (FXR) heads being installed at HVIL. Through design team input and iterative design improvements, the final FXR fixture was much more robust and multifunctional, supporting not only the FXR heads but the laboratory’s ultra-high-speed camera and supporting videography accessories. The fixtures were designed to be highly modular and mobile to improve access to the supported equipment and two stage light-gas gun for both operation and maintenance. On the whole, the design team excelled at their objectives and provided a system which provides nearly unlimited customization and adaptability for the ever-evolving research needs of the HVIL.
Target Fixture Team (Spring 2019-Fall 2019)
Personnel (from left to right): Jacob Nolan, Jacob Rogers*, James O’Neill, Paul Mead*, Harsha Mohan, Scott Huser, Luis DeLeon, Zach Gant*
At HVIL, target installation is critical to the validity of the data gathered. A design team was engaged to provide a target fixture that would rigidly fix targets of a range of geometries and materials in different orientations within the target tank in such a way that the fixture would not impinge on the ability of laboratory’s diagnostic equipment to record and analyze hypervelocity impacts. The final design met all of the design criteria and provided a structure which allowed HVIL personnel to quickly and effectively install targets for hypervelocity impact testing.
* denotes MEE personnel