Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


College of Engineering


Russell Westphal

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


This Thesis describes the design, assembly, programming, and evaluation of the BLDS-M-RAKE, the newest addition to the family of devices called the Boundary Layer Data System (BLDS). The BLDS-M-RAKE is a continuation of the BLDS-M series of devices, a modular approach with updated electronics for boundary layer measurements. The BLDS-M-RAKE records data from a number of sensors, intended to be routed to an array of probes, or rake. Through preliminary testing, a new flexible manifold design from molded silicone and the hardware used on the RFduino development boards from the BLDS-M proof-of-concept modules were validated for use in the final prototype design. A PCB was designed to house a Simblee System on a Chip (SOC), 11 Honeywell pressure sensors, a microUSB socket, a microSD socket, a DC-DC boost regulator, and two AAA cells. The SOC was then programmed in C++ with the Arduino IDE. The Simblee was programmed to prompt a user over a serial monitor to confirm test parameters from a configuration file and then coordinates the reading and recording of sensor data during a flight test. Problems after assembly did not allow a full evaluation of the board, but the following was concluded: the sleeping board current draw was less than 3 mA and the peak current draw was less than 30 mA. The sensors could be sampled at 100 Hz and recorded to the microSD card. The flexible manifolds molded from silicone are viable for future designs.