Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
The village of Mae Chan Thai has a need for a dependable source of power that the Cal Poly Engineers Without Borders Thailand team is currently pursuing to overcome. This Cal Poly senior project team will focus on aiding EWB by providing external consultation on all aspects of building a hydroelectric system sized for Mae Chan Thai; including research, design, and construction practices. This senior project team is designing a system sized for the village and is building a full scale model of the Mae Chan Thai system in the Cal Poly Fluid Mechanics Laboratory that properly simulates the real life system. With full scale system available, all lessons learned will be passed on to the EWB hydro team to incorporate all relevant information and alter any lessons learned.
In addition, the construction of a micro hydropower system in the Fluid Mechanics Lab presents the capability to incorporate a new lab for the class on Intermediate Fluid Mechanics. An underground sump, piping system and reaction turbine system have been in place since the construction of Engineering IV and the inclusion of a second turbine system can offer a number of potential educational opportunities for future mechanical engineering students that the senior project team will explore.