Seniors within Olivet’s engineering program have reached a major milestone in their academic careers. In this final phase of your Olivet education, you will participate in a Senior Engineering Capstone Project. Not only is this a key requirement at part of an ABET accredited program, but also it is a critical experience designed to help your future professional success.The Engineering Department works hard each year to select a diverse set of opportunities. As part of the assignment process, we present the Capstone Project options within the Senior Design Project I class in the fall and ask for each student to identify their top interest areas.
2012-2013 Senior Capstone Projects
Since 1903 Peddinghaus Corporation has proudly served the steel construction, plate fabrication, and metal working industries with the most innovative equipment on the market. With offices in Germany, Spain, South America and the United Kingdom, Peddinghaus is dedicated to engineering expertise focused on machine productivity, efficiency and innovation.
Olivet’s Peddinghaus Team will have the opportunity to work on challenging material testing and product redesign initiatives geared to improve Peddinghaus products that will in turn be sold worldwide. Primary interaction will occur at the Peddinghaus world headquarters right here in Bradley where they manufacturer their diverse line of large scale material working products.
With a production capacity that exceeds 26 million tons, Nucor is the largest producer of steel in the United States and is the world’s foremost steel recycler. Nucor’s Bourbonnais facility is a producer of Rebar, Merchant Bar Quality: rounds, flats and angles. They are certified to the ISO9001 standard and produce various sizes of bars in various grades and chemistries.
There will be two project teams for Nucor. The first will work on a design for unmanned slag removal in their large furnace machinery. This will increase safety and throughput. The second team will design new process controls for their 180,000 pound industrial melt operation to increase production rates and improve quality.
At WebbWorks, not only do they make innovative products, but they are using this progressive mentality to help better the lives of those around them with a missions focus.
The WebbWorks Project Team will work closely with their key engineers under the guidance of Wes Gerbig ’01 to help WebbWorks develop their Quality Management System, with elements of process design, database design and quality control. This project will also provide students with invaluable international engineering experience as they will be working with a team on the other side of the world in Northern Thailand where WebbWorks is headquartered.While this project will provide dynamic and useful engineering experience, the missions component is clear. In Northern Thailand, there are vast amounts of poverty and brokenness. WebbWorks focus is to help provide ways to relieve some of this through fair wage employment and implementing the ideas of quality life choices and decisions.
This project will support the development and optimization of a new 600 ton hydraulic press used in the fabrication of novel lightweight titanium aluminide armor for the United States military.
The project team will work with NI Industries and Solidica engineers to establish design rules for the fabrication of shaped, or curvedarmor tiles made using the titanium aluminide process. The team will conduct extensive metallurgical tests on the material and correlate microscopic density properties to mold geometries to establish design rules to be used in production.