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Senior Projects from 2013

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The Effects of Fabrication Methods and Cure Cycle on the Machanical Properties of Carbon Fiber Laminate in Tensile and 3-Point Bend Testing, Adriano Agostino

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Light Curve Generation for Satellites in Geostationary Orbits, Kimberly Andersen

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Design and Analysis of Reusable Nozzles for Cal Poly’s Hybrid Rocket Lab, Cheyne Austin and Jose Vargas

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DESIGN OF A SPECIMEN FIXTURE FOR IMPACT RESISTANCE TESTING IN AN INSTRON DYNATUP 8250 DROP WEIGHT IMPACT TESTER, Daniel Alejandro Barath

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Fin Flutter Analysis, Richard Bauer and Austin Hardman

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Modification of a Low Cost Vacuum Chamber for Use with an Electromagnetic Railgun, Jason M. Bertels

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Creation and Analysis of an Electric and Magnetic Model of a Micro Ion Thruster, Maxwell Bodnar

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Nozzle Design for the Supersonic Wind Tunnel Ramjet Attachment, Andrew Michael Carter

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Synergistic Effects of Atomic Oxygen and Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure on Various Spacecraft Materials, Adrian L. Doan

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Development of Random Vibration Profiles for Test Deployers to Simulate the Dynamic Environment in the Poly-Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, Steve Furger

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Design and Fabrication of a Ramjet Engine, Clinton C. Humphrey

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PROOF OF CONCEPT FOR PROPELLER PERFORMANCE TESTING IN THE CAL POLY WIND TUNNEL, Alex N. May, Clayton R. Green, Clinton J. Kirsop, and Jason A. Schupp

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Low-Cost IMU Implementation via Sensor Fusion Algorithms in the Arduino Environment, Brandon McCarron

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SMORE Revision: Ignition and User Interface, Arash Mehrparvar

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Redesigned Aerospace Control System Platform for Laboratory Re-purposing, Ryan W. Moskaluk

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Construction and Testing of a Quadcopter, David Roberts

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Feasibility of CubeSat Formation Flight Using Rotation to Achieve Differential Drag, Skyler M. Shuford

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Incorporating Aluminum Honeycomb to Increase Efficiency of U-tube Removable Heat Exchanger, Daniel Soto and Daniel Corona

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Ramjet Combustion Chamber, Paul Cameron Stone

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Paschen Breakdown in a CO2 Atmosphere, Matthew T. Stumbo

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Thermal Vacuum Chamber Operation and Testing, Leila Tebyani

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Control System Infrastructure for the Cal Poly Human Powered Helicopter: Upturn II, Douglas A. Thornber and Samuel J. Wahyou

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Study of Natural Composite Materials Square Beam under Three Point Bending Test, Casey Wu

Senior Projects from 2012

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Computation Time Comparison Between Matlab and C++ Using Launch Windows, Tyler Andrews

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Thermal Vacuum integration for Cal Poly's Space Environments Laboratory, Chelsea Barackman and Steven Jackowski

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Instrument Panel Design, Martin Bialy, Amber Carney, and Michael Roche

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Development of a Pyrotechnic Shock Simulation Apparatus for Spacecraft Applications, Joseph Binder, Matthew McCarty, and Chris Rasmussen

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Low Cost Vacuum Chamber Design for Electromagnetic Railgun Operation, Andrew W. Bothwell and David J. Foster

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Two-Stage, High-Altitude Rocket with Internal Skeleton Design Entered in Advance Category of 7th ESRA IREC, Samuel S. Bowman, Kevin J. Byrne, Allen Capatina, Aliki S. Loper-Leddy, and Joshua A. Van Schoyck

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Feasibility Analysis for Electrically-Powered Hoverboard, Cameron Chan, Jason Cortez, and Jay Lopez

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Assembly of a Passive Slat System for a CH-701 Kit Aircraft, Jordan Coenen and Spencer Spagnola

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Registering an Amateur-Built Light Sport Kit Aircraft, Kevin Condron

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The Numerical Open-Source Many-Body Simulator (NOMS), Jason Lloyd Daniel and Javen Kyle Foster-O'Neal

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Development of a Flight Test Program for a Homebuilt Zenith STOL CH 701, Reed Danis and Dave Nguyen

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Investigating Various Propulsion Systems for an External Attachment for a Controlled-Manual De-orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope, Nelson de Guia

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The Importance and Challenge of Launch Environment Testing, Christina Diaz

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Electric Aircraft Propulsion System, Austin J. Doupe

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Electromagnetic Railgun Safety, Sven Ericson

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Solar Energy Collection Analysis Tool for Conceptual Aircraft Design, Grant Glazebrook

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Data Acquisition for Flight Tests using Handheld GPS and Electronic Flight Instrument System, Christopher Michael Gocha

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Degradation of Solar Cells Due to Arcing in a Vacuum Chamber, Christina Gonzalez

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Flaperon Assembly Manual for PegaStol Aftermarket Wings, Eric Alan Gray

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Aerial Deployable Autonomous Solar Powered Glider, Brandon Groshong and Jacob Ohana

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De-Orbiting Upper Stage Rocket Bodies Using a Deployable High Altitude Drag Sail, Robert A. Hawkins Jr. and Joseph A. Palomares

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High-Fidelity Low-Thrust Trajectory Determination Research and Analysis, Tyler Hill

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Validation of the Ballistic Limit Equation for Monolithic Aluminum Shielding at Geostationary Orbital Debris Impact Velocity, Brandon Holladay

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Test and Verification of Vortex Shedding for a 3D bluff body, Paul D. Innes and Charles E. Carlson

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Comprehensive Matlab GUI for Determining Barycentric Orbital Trajectories, Steve Katzman

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Control Experiment: Model Helicopter, Matthew D. Lattanzi

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Three-Axis Stabilized Earth Orbiting Spacecraft Simulator, Alan F. Ma and Nikola N. Dominikovic

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The Architecture Selection, Design, and Discharge Modeling of a Passive Compensation, Iron-Core, Two-Phase, Permanent Magnet Compulsator to Power a Small Railgun Platform, Collin MacGregor

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Manufacturing Processes in an All-aluminum Airframe, Stewart McDougall

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Preliminary Design of a Laboratory Cylindrical Hall-Effect Thruster, Scott McGrail and Sam Parker

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A Study on Organic Epoxy and Hemp Composite Plates with an Emphasis on Mechanical and Finite Element Analysis, Alma Melendez

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Analysis and Testing of Heat Transfer through Honeycomb Panels, Daniel D. Nguyen

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Accelerating Lambert's Problem on the GPU in MATLAB, Nathan Parrish

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Effect of Multifunctional Material on the Mechanical Behavior of Composite Structure Using Finite Element Analysis, Nicholas A. Romonoski

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Interstellar Mission to Gliese 581, Brock Schmalzel and Brian Tsoi

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Ramjet Fuel System, Kelsey Selin

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The Study of Natural Composite I-Beam in a Three Point Bending Test, Abdel Shabbar

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Empennage Sizing and Aircraft Stability using Matlab, Ryan C. Struett

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Global Launch Vehicle Selector, Keisuke Suzuki

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Performance Effects of Damage Arrestment Devices on Sandwich Composite Beams under Monotonic Loading, Yvette Vanessa Wood

Senior Projects from 2011

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The Effects of Damage Arrestment Devices in Composite Plate Sandwiches with Fastener Holes, Mark Anderson, Nancy Hung Choy, Lacey Jones, and Rita Kourskaya

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Performance Analysis of a Variable Conductance Heat Pipe, Herron Arreola

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Flight Testing in a Simulation Based Environment, David W. Babka

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An Analysis of Stabilizing 3U CubeSats Using Gravity Gradient Techniques and a Low Power Reaction Wheel, Erich Bender

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Design, Manufacturing and Testing of an Environmentally-Green Bipropellant Thruster, Alex Bendoyro, Gabriel Sanchez, Erin Stearns, and Phillip Takahashi

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Analysis and Design of an Affordable High Altitude Rocket System, Brian Cooper

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Hybrid Rocket Based Combined Cycle Test Rig Design, Construction, and Testing, Mark Costa and Matthew Handfelt

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Two Element Linear Strength Vortex Panel Method, Clifton A. Cox

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Study of the Effect of Different Lay-up Methods on the Composite Mechanical Characteristics, Veronica Cuevas and Walter Ely Salguero

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Analysis and Design of a Propulsion System Trade Study Tool for a Boeing 376 Series Communications Satellite, Kevin Dunk

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Compressor Performance Map Generation and Testing per SAE J1723, Jeffrey Lee Freeman

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An Analysis of N-Body Trajectory Propagation, Emerson Frees II

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Thermal Analysis of the CubeSat CP3 Satellite, Jonas Friedel and Sean McKibbon

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Decommissioning a Geosynchronous Satellite, Anthony D. Galvan

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Development and Design of a Hovering Controller for Operation in a Dynamic Asteroid Environment, Nicholas Georgiades

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Determination of the Surface Boundary Layer Using a Quadrotor, Andrew Haviland

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Radiation in the Space Environment, Sally Hermansen and Jennifer Shatts

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Design and Assembly of a Super Treadmill, Simon Iacob

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Scale modeling of Cessna 172, Chee-woon Kim

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An Investigation of Dynamic Soaring and its Applications to the Albatross and RC Sailplanes, Christopher J. Lee

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Design, Fabrication, and Testing of an Electromagnetic Rail Gun for the repeated testing and simulation of Orbital Debris Impacts, Jeff Maniglia, Jordan Smiroldo, Alex Westfall, and Guy Zohar

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Electric Aircraft Propulsion Test Rig Design & Fabrication, Ryan Mayer, Brian Kubicki, Bradley Rodriguez, Austin Harris, and David Caudle

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Wind Tunnel Modeling of Small Electric UAV Power System Performance, Nathan R. Phelps

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3D CFD on an Open Wheel Race Car Front Wing in Ground Effects, Thomas A. Price

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Development of a Laboratory Experiment to Simulate Upper-Stage Rocket Explosions, Timothy J. Price

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Composite I-Beam Fabrication and Testing in Response to 14th Annual SAMPE Bridge Competition, Kodi Rider, Niño Noel Las Piñas, and Hans Mayta

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Construction of NACA 66-415 NLF Composite Wing for Acoustic Turbulence Testing, Scott Sawyer and Sean Stewart

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Aircraft Longitudinal Control Experiment, Dustin Schaff

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Clifford Algebra Calculations with Representation Theory & an Introduction to Clifford Algebra, Alexander I. Scherling

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Comparison of a High Purity Germanium Gamma Ray Spectrometer and a Multidimensional NaI(T1) Scintillation Gamma Ray Spectrometer, Greg Stratton

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Flow Characteristics of the Renovated Cal Poly 3 x 4 ft Subsonic Wind Tunnel, Mathew L. Thomas, Dorian V. Pandey, and Jason N. Nguyen

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X-51 Composite Airframe, Brendon J. Townshend

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Conical Probe Calibration and Wind Tunnel Data Analysis of the Channeled Centerbody Inlet Experiment, Samson Siu Truong

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Analysis of Surface Augmentation of Airfoil Sections via Flow Visualization Techniques, John Louis Vento

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Mapping Galileo's Trajectory, Mark Woods

Senior Projects from 2010

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Blended Wing Body Form Factor Code and Model Center Integration, Simone (Simo) Alberti