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Senior Projects from 2016

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Predicting Flexural Strength of Composite Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels Using Mechanical Models of Face Sheet Compressive Strength, Nicholas Bruffey and William Shiu

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Life Cycle Assessment and Comparison of Magnesium Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared by Aqueous and Microwave Synthesis Methods, Jesse Cartland

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Fiber Length Attrition in Additive Manufacturing, Michael Chapiro

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Grain Orientation Effects on the Rotating-Bending Fatigue Properties of Forged 7050-T7452 Aluminum Alloy, Matt Cristler and Jonas Zhang

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Effect of Hydrogen Pick-up and Release Behavior on the Tensile Properties of Electroplated 4340M High-strength Steel, Blake Daylor, Joshua Fisher, and Alan Michelen Ruiz

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Low-Cost Prosthetic Transfemoral Socket, Emelie Deans, Joshua Ledgerwood, Leah Moore, Shaina Jung, and Kristen Temnyk

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Welding Procedure Qualification of A36 Steel Plates Using the GTAW and GMAW Processes, Brecken DeOilers, Neri Lupian, and Regan Rumph

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Selection of a Flexible Polymer to Protect Dry Carbon Fibers in a CFRP Wallet Hinge, Evan Dowey and Matthew Johnson

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MANUFACTURING AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLY (LACTIC ACID)/CARBON BLACK CONDUCTIVE COMPOSITES FOR FDM FEEDSTOCK: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY, Dylan Fitz-Gerald and Justin Boothe

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Effect of Metal Organic Framework Concentration on the Crystallization of PLA-Al-MOF Composites, Eric Futak, Jeffrey Norton, Jessie O'Connell, and Nestor Vazquez

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Investigation of Outlife Time on the Environmental Durability of P2-Etched, Adhesively-Bonded Aluminum Alloys Using the ASTM Wedge Test, Daniel Gross and Corey Sutton

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Controlling Grain Size in Cold Worked and Annealed 1100 Aluminum to Optimize Ductility in Rocket Diaphragm Systems, Ryan Lewis, Bryce Simmons, and Jessica Williams

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Comparison Study of Tensile Strength , Ductility, and Fracture Mode of H11, ARP 2000, and MP35N Connecting Rod Bolts for Use in High Performance Racing Engines, Megan McCabe and Samuel Randall

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Life Cycle Assessment of Paper Versus Electronic Assignment Submission in Cal Poly's Materials Engineering, Patrick McDonnal

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Effect of Thermal Exposure on Tensile Strength and Microhardness of Welded and Precipitation Hardened RX82 Aluminum Alloy Extrusions in the T4 and T6 Conditions, Lucien Miller

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Shear Strength of Carbon Fiber/Epoxy Hinges Using the V-Notch Rail Shear Test, Calvin Noetzel

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Quartz Crystal Preferred Orientation and Recrystallization Patterns from Naturally Deformed Rocks Under Constriction, Riley Quine

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Effects of Cold Work, Final Grind Diameter, and Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Nitinol Guide Wire Tips, Daniel Rodriguez

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Buckling Strength in Carbon Fiber Polymer Matrix Composites Produced by Filament Winding for Structural use in Rockets, Kyle Rosenow

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Mechanical Properties of Solid-State Resistance Welded Nitinol - 304 Stainless Steel Joints in Peripheral Guide Wires, Jennifer Rowe

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Improving Surface Roughness of Optically Telegraphed Composite Laminations, Michael Smith

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Solution Casting and Mechanical Testing of Arabinan-Cellulose Nanocomposites, Kevin Su and Alina Lusebrink

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Reducing Food and Packaging Waste through Developing Edible Fruit Based Packaging Prototypes, Melanie Thatcher

Senior Projects from 2015

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Effect of Time Delay Between Etching and Adhesive Bonding (“Outlife” Time) on Lap-Shear Strength of Aluminum Alloys Using Environmentally-Friendly P2 Etch, Josh Barkhimer, Matthew Erich, and Gokul Nair

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Investigating the Cause of Unique Mechanical Behavior in Platinum Alloy Guidewire Tips, Evan Borgeson and Alfred Rosen

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Tensile Test Design to Measure Interlayer Adhesion in Investment Casting Shells for Spalling Mitigation, Shelby Boyd, Alex Miller, and Jameson Senger

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Characterization of Laser Deposited Ti-6Al-4V to Nb Gradient Alloys, Clincy Cheung

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The Influences of the Triple Bottom Line within the Athletic Footwear Industry, Jonathon Chiu

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Minimizing Sheet Resistance of Organic Photovoltaic Cell Top Contact Electrode Layer: Silver Nanowire Concentration vs. Conductive Polymer Doping Concentration, Caitlyn Cook

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Measuring and Increasing the Suspension Time of Lanthanide Oxysulfide Particles with Modifiers via Fluorescence For Use in Anti-counterfeiting Applications, Joe Dei Rossi, Tyler Dinslage, and Tyler Schelling

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Elevated Temperature Effects on the Mechanical Properties of Age Hardened 6xxx Series Aluminum Alloy Extrusions, Rachael Donovan, Rose Fortune, and Robert Trout

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Electrochemical Testing of Aluminum-Lithium Alloys 2050, 2195, and the Current Aerospace Industry Standard 7075 to Measure the Galvanic Corrosion Behavior with Ti-6Al-4V, Trent Duncan and Kevin Knight

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Mechanical Testing of Multi-Construction Composite Tubes for use in Fly Fishing Rods, Macormik Hopen

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An Investigation of Incipient Melting During Solution Heat Treatment of 7050 Aluminum Forgings and Its Effect on Corrosion Properties, Thomas Kilkenny

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Measuring Performance of Paint Coating via Laboratory and Field Testing, Eugene Leung and Rocco Lattanzio

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Effect of Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties in Natural Bamboo, Austin Levy and Mackenzie Kirkpatrick

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Analysis of Compression Creep Deformation of 7050 Aluminum Large Scale Open Die Forgings During the Solution Heat Treatment Process, Ashley Lopez and Elysha Cole

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Improving Product Design by Predicting Flexural Strength of a Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panel Composite Using Ply Tensile Strength, Justin Lui and Javal Patel

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Analysis of Shear Strength Variance of PH 15-7 Mo Blind Rivet Stems for Aerospace Applications, Miles MacArthur and Kent C. Majewski

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Molecular Dynamics Investigation of the Arabinan-Cellulose Interface for Cellulose Nanocomposite Applications, Luke Thornley

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Effects of Initial Forging Temperature, Cooling Rates, and Carbon Content on Primary Alpha Formation in Ti-6Al-4V, James Tillman and Hui Wei

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The Effects of Washing Environment on the Resistance of Silver Plated Nylon and Stainless Steel Conductive Threads, Stephanie Villavicencio

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Effects of Composition and Solid Solution Strengthening on the Compression Strength of Iron-Based Hardfacing Alloys, Tyler Wiggins and Samuel Garrison-Terry

Senior Projects from 2014

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A Process Development Study on Reducing the Anisotropy while Maintaining the Strength of Extruded Aluminum Alloy 2195 through Heat Treatment, Theodore James Arehart

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Revealing Prior Austenite Grain Boundaries of 4340 Steel, Ryan Brierly Barrows

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Characterization of a Thin Film Composite Membrane: Fluorinated Copolymer in a Carbon Nanotube Matrix, Eric P. Bonaventure, Michael A. Brew, and Cynthia R. Shannon

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High Cycle Rotating Bending Fatigue of 6061-T6 Friction Stir Welded Extrusions, John Chang and Travis Miller

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The Effect of Silicon on the Electrochemical Corrosion Resistance of Carbon Steel, Loan Faget and Michael S. Rouse

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Prediction of Tribological Behavior of Candidate Materials for Rotor Seals, John W. Franzino and Will F. Michul

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Material Composition and Toxicology of Cosmetic Products, Hilda Gonzalez

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Mechanical Behavior of Compression Molded Polyethylene Terephthalate, Daniel Cole Greinke, Paul Jackson McEwan, and Dan Tran

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Relationship between Bagging Methods and Pre-Weld Holding Times on Porosity Formation in 2219 Aluminum AC-TIG Welds, Mariah Grace Head and Tyson Daniel Mobley

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Fabrication and Testing of Arabinan Cellulose Nanocomposites, Ross Johnson, Austin Rosso, and Nick Semansky

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The Environmental Impact Assessment of Cal Poly's Manufacturing Laboratory, Yoonho Mark Kim

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The Mechanical Properties of Newly Developed Iron and Nickel-based Hardfacing Alloys for Industrial Applications, Kristi Lucas

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The Effects of Austempering and Cryogenic Processing on the Mechanical Properties of Forged E4340 Steel for Automotive Engine Connecting Rods, Aaron Taylor Ludlow

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Electrochemical Characterization of Precious Metal Braze Alloys Using Potentiodynamic Polarization, Maxwell Glen Martin, Mason Gregory Morgan, and Matthew David Vance

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Manufacture and Mechanical Testing of Thin Film Composites Composed of Poly-lactic Acid and Nanocrystalline Cellulose, Catherine E. Mohan

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Development of Low Temperature, Aqueous Synthesis Method of Lead Sulfide Quantum Dots, Albert Nakao and Colin Yee

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An Intercritical Heat Treatment Study of High Strength, Microalloyed Ferrous Open Die Forgings, Kelly Elizabeth Stewart

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Characterization of Pressure Driven and Electro-Kinetically Driven Flow in a Micro-Fluidic Chip Using Particle Imaging Velocimetry, Alexis Paige Weckel

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Second Generation Design of an Operator Independent Teflon Coating Adhesion Tester for Coronary Guidewires, Garrett L. Wong

Senior Projects from 2013

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Measuring the Mechanical Properties of a Newly Developed Discontinuous Carbon Fiber and Epoxy Composite, Morgan Adams

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Design and Construction of a Simulated Evaporative Heat Exchanger for Testing the Mitigation Effects of Pipe Coatings on Mineral Scale Deposition, Taylor J. Anderson

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EVALUATION OF CORROSION PROPERTIES OF PROPRIETARY METAL ALLOY STENTS FOR IN-VIVO USE, Michael David Bremner

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Evaluation of High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel Platings to Protect Carbon Steel Heat Exchangers in Seawater Service, Nathan Brink

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A Design Methodology for Buoyant Prescription Sunglasses, Katherine Burzynski

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Design and Implementation of a Micro Force Displacement System, Evan Cate

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The Optimization and Packaging of Materials Safari Science Educational Tool for K-4 Grade Levels, Elizabeth Chandy

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Strength Testing and Material Characterization of Cactus Spines, Mary Cooper, Jeff Goldstein, and Thomas Tarlton

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QL+ Body Temperature Regulating Vest Design Report, Ritesh Desai, Brad Gausewitz, Mira Atiya, and Jaison Machanickal

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ANALYZING THE FLEXURAL PROPERTIES OF SELF-CONSTRUCTED BAMBOO LAMINATES, Brett Dorren

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Development of a Production Line Appropriate Test for Teflon Adhesion on 304 Stainless Steel 0.01-0.03" Diameter Coronary Guide Wires, Danielle Dunham

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Analyzing the Acoustical Properties of Alternative Materials in Guitar Soundboards to Reduce Deforestation, Chris Dunn

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Application of Quantum Dots onto Glass Wafers as a Feasibility Test for the Spectral Down Conversion of UV Light for Solar Cells, Anthony Fong

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Mechanical Properties and Microstructures of Incoloy 909 Rolled Rings Subjected to a Modified Forging Cycle, Colin Lee Elliott Glaves

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Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Under Atmospheric Conditions to Characterize A Tungsten Tip STM System For Use With Hydrogen Desorption, Ross Gregoriev

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Fluorescence Characterization of Quantum Dots for use as Biomarkers, Logan M. Grimes

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LunaLight - Bringing light to the expanding world, Gabriela M. Igel, Daniel J. Patrick, and Kimberley M. Smith

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Comparison of Polyurethane and Polysiloxane Coating Systems in Marine Environments, Jake Jarman and Jessica Salvatin

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Tensile Properties of Adhesive Joints Between Alclad 2024-T3 Aluminum Sheets and Extruded 6061-T6511 Aluminum for Use in Ultralight Personal Aircraft, Kevin Jones

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The Effects of Heat Treatment on the Grain Growth, Phase Evolution, and Hardness of Newly Developed Steel-based Hardfacing Alloys for Industrial Applications, Renee Kuzniar

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DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PRECISION QUANTUM DOT SYNTHYSIS METHOD UTILIZING A MICROFLUIDIC REACTOR AND IN-LINE FLUORESCENCE CELL, Harry Lafferty and Jonny Hoadley

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The Relationship of Barcol Hardness and Interlaminar Shear Strength in Glass Reinforced Polyester Composite Laminates, Ann E. Livingston-Peters

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Thermally Insulating Coating for Steel Drill Pipe, Matthew McCaffrey

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Automatic Site Reconstruction with a Mobile Robot and Scanning Laser Proximity Sensor, Erik Nelson, Sean Willis, and Nathan Lucero

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Low Velocity Impact Tower Feasibility, Setup, and Impact Testing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Thermoset and PEEK Thermoplastic Matrix Composites, Brent Plehn

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DESIGN ALLOWABLES RE-EVALUATION OF TEN COMPOSITE MATERIALS; MECHANICAL TESTING AND POROSITY EXAMINATION OF M55J FABRIC COUPONS, Andrew Quayle

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Preparation of a Polylactic Acid with Hydroxyapatite Reinforcement Composite, Odessa N. Quezon

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Effect of Carbon on Primary Alpha Percentage in Ti-6Al-4V as Temperature Approaches the Beta Transus, Kyle Savage

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Simplifying the Testing and Calculation of Fracture Toughness of Thermoplastic and Thermoset Matrix Composite Materials, James Shedden

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Grain Size Control in Post-Forged C263 Seamless Rolled Rings, Christopher Smith

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An investigation of arabinan and cellulose based nano-composite fabrication methods, Marianne Smithfield, Carl Petterson, and Robert Miller

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Evaluation of Forging Strain for Maximum Grain Size in Open-Die Forged 6061 Aluminum, Eric Strehl

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Design of a Children’s Earth Science Exhibit for the Exploration Station in Grover Beach, California with an Emphasis on Fog Collection, Kathryn Thomas

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Residual Stress Measurement of 7050 Aluminum Alloy Open Die Forgings Using the Hole-Drilling Method, Alexandra Viksne

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Interactive Museum Exhibit to Introduce K-6 Grade Students to Circuits and the Electric Conductivity of Various Materials, Thien Vu-Nguyen