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Dordt engineering majors present senior projects

April 29, 2010

Engineering Projects

Fourteen engineering students at Dordt College will present their senior design projects on Wednesday, May 5, from 7:30-9:15 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall SB 101.

This year Pella Corporation and Diamond Vogel each sponsored one of the projects. The other team projects were sponsored by the Dordt College Engineering Department.

Working with Pella Windows, the team of Travis Coblentz (Kalona, Iowa), Tyler Lilly (Bellevue, Neb.), and Alex Nykamp (Edgerton, Minn.) applied principles they’ve learned at Dordt for the project, “Ergonomic and Efficiency Improvement for Painting Window Sash Ends.”

The team defined a process and built equipment to paint window sash ends. The design improved the ergonomics, process repeatability, efficiency, and cleanliness of the current process through the use of fixtures and automation. Upon completion, the machine will be placed into service as a part of a window manufacturing process at the Sioux Center plant.

Working with Diamond Vogel, the team of Ted Gibbons (Sioux Center, Iowa), Micah Moss (Sioux City, Iowa), and Jeremy Nederhoff (Sioux Center, Iowa) worked on “Powder Paint Packaging Automation.”

This group developed a design proposal for a new automated method of filling powder coat paint into its final packaging, to meet goals for labor savings and increased accuracy of the packaging process. Team members also constructed a prototype to demonstrate the design concepts.

A Sustainable Residence Unit was the team project of Kate Du Mez (Brookfield, Wisc.), Danielle Kelderman (Harrisburg, SD), Monique Lieuwen (Lethbridge, Alberta), and Joel Schiebout (Pella, Iowa).

This team is designing a sustainable residence unit for potential use on Dordt’s campus. The unit will provide a comfortable living space for up to six residents. The design incorporates renewable energy systems, passive solar design and environmentally friendly materials. The design demonstrates the feasibility of a sustainable lifestyle in Northwest Iowa.

A Fluidized Bed Biomass Gasifier was the team project of Peter Attema (Edmonton, Alberta), Jeremy Brue (Waukee, Iowa), Evan Steendam (Dugald, Manitoba), and Andrew Tacoma (Falmouth, MI).

This group is redesigning and building a new fluidized bed gasifier for the engineering department. This versatile research unit will allow students and faculty to research bio-renewable energy applications such as the conversion of bio-mass feedstocks into a natural gas substitute and the co-production of bio-char for the improvement of soil fertility. The reactor, which can be operated as a combustion or gasification unit, will be used as an educational tool for future engineering students and the surrounding community.

See more information about these projects and projects from previous years here.

Dordt College's fully accredited engineering program offers emphases in mechanical, electrical, civil-environmental, computer, and biomedical engineering.

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