2019 Team5

Project Overview  |  Proof of Concept  |  Final Design  |  Fabrication  |  Testing and Results  |  Meet the Team  |  Acknowledgements

Project Overview

5.I.V.E. is currently working on an Air Distribution Gate Valve System for Premier Magnesia. The project consists of calculating the required pressure for an automated system which will control the flow of product throughout the plant. The system consists of three gate valves and three flop gates which open and close to allow or restrict the flow of product. 5.I.V.E. is responsible for restricting the pressure allowed to each gate valve or flop gate so as not to damage the component or the system as a whole.


Proof of Concept

Team 5.I.V.E. (Innovative Valve Engineers) is currently working for a company in the mining industry. Our company being engineering is capable of solving most problems and is diverse in what problems we will attempt. The team will be in competition with vendors who provide mining companies with innovative valve and piping products. These competitors are Flowserve and Parker-Hannifin Hose and Fitting, two prestigious engineering firms known in the mining market. Flowserve and Parker-Hannifin Hose and Fitting companies both distribute their products through internet and physical manufacturing to suit consumer’s needs and maintain the company’s reputations.

Team 5.I.V.E designed a plain carbon steel pressure vessel with the use of SolidWorks to demonstrate the optimized system will be fully functional. The assembly of the product proves that the system will have the capability to perform under conditions of applied pressure values without material fracture. The pressure tank is capable of holding 150 psig of pressurized air and will be able to supply at 50-80 psig to a pneumatic system with appropriate pressures at time of operator input. The atmospheric pressure associated with Premier Magnesia’s mine site, approximately 12.35 psi, was taken into account when testing the pressure vessel system in the SolidWorks computer program by converting the applied pressure to the equivocal value of its gauge pressure at that altitude.

Below is the SolidWorks drawing of the pressure vessel system that was designed and tested within the program. The individual parts labeled 1-5 are all connected together and specified for Premier Magnesia’s’ requests. The bottom end cap of the pressure vessel, labeled 1, has an inlet valve to connect to an air pressure supply line. The shell of the pressure tank, labeled 2, gives the pressure tank its cylindrical shape and is designed to be small in size but large enough to allow it to withstand the correct amount of pressure without failing. The number 3 labeled part is the clamp that mounts the pressure tank off of the ground and to a railing. The number 4 labeled part is the small port that is the outlet of the pressure tank assembly. The fifth and final part of the assembly is the top end cap. It is equal in size and shape to the bottom end cap, but instead has no opening.


Final design

Final Design Description:
– Discuss product design specification
– The Flop gate is designed to allow material to flow from either the left chamber,
the right chamber, or to restrict flow from both.
– Information about the characteristics of the project
– To mount two new linear actuators.
– To design a new flop gate operated by a linear actuator which will have three
– Describe the purpose of the project and how it’s useful for the consumer
– The project will improve efficiency of the system and minimize the loss of
product at Premier Magnesia.
– The flop gate will divert material to an unused bucket elevator.

Final Design Assembly:
– 3-D SolidWorks model of final design



The prototype of the project will consist of replicating the system set up at Premier Magnesia to a scaled down, 6:1 ratio model. The assembly and fabrication process consist of a flop gate operated by a linear actuator, two new linear actuators, and the use of pressure gauges to record the head loss that occurs. Once team 5.I.V.E. assembles the parts the team will initiate testing methods and determine if calculation is held true due to the results of the scaled down model.


Testing and Results



Meet the Team

Jaleen Apana

Team member Jaleen Apana of Team 5.I.V.E is born and raised on the island of Oahu, HI. Throughout my academic career my most challenging project that I have overcame is the hovercraft assignment presented in my freshman year of college. The experience was enlightening as my team was challenged with practical engineering, programming, and teamwork skills throughout the project. This aspect was found difficult since we were all new to the program and was inept in scheduling or being professional within the group. Although there were difficulties in my academic career, my accomplishments, on the other hand, were being given the opportunity to work alongside professional engineers in two of my internships. From these experiences I gained knowledge within the implementation of engineering skills to produce the final products. My future goal is to graduate and find a job as a Disney Imagineer so that I may use my degree to create hands-on products in the entertainment field for others to enjoy.




Timothy Janca

Timothy Janca, team member of 5.I.V.E. Born in Hampton Roads Virginia and grew up in Sparks Nevada. The most challenging project was making a hovercraft freshman year, it was difficult because the team was disorganized and didn’t have the drive to get the tasks done early. For each due date the team rushed just to get the hovercraft to accomplish the minimum requirements for that task. Early in school I would look at the all the work that needed to be done, either for a project or for homework, and I would get overwhelmed and end up procrastinating, but now I can break them down into smaller components and solve small problems instead of trying to tackle the whole problem in one attempt. Future goals are to do my best on the senior year capstone project and get a job either with Oshkosh Defence in Oshkosh, Wisconsin or find a job in Europe for a few years where I can visit all of the sites and the engineering feats like the Channel Tunnel and the Millau Viaduct.


Nicholas Slezak

Team member Nicholas Slezak of 5.I.V.E. was born and raised in Reno, Nevada.The most challenging project that I have overcome was a static bridge project from Statics, the difficulty in the project was scheduling issues, team cooperation, and finding the correct adhesive that would bond properly. The beginning of my collegiate studies, I would often have difficulty identify problems and understanding how to approach them. Today I am able to identify problems/ issues that may occur and I have the confidence to solve them. The goal i’m currently working towards getting a good internship before I graduate from the University, and my future goals is to start my career, make plenty of patents, and go back to get my MBA to eventually start my own or co-own a firm.





Wyatt Shields

My greatest accomplishments to date would include various engineering projects I’ve worked on while in the university’s  program, but one I’m most proud of was a project I worked on outside of school. I was able to act as an engineering consultant in a housing development/remodel project, this mainly consisted of looking at blueprints and learning how engineering analysis can be applied to make any job more efficient. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada but my future goals will likely take me out of my hometown. I want to work in HVAC as soon as I graduate and work my way into a housing redevelopment business of my own. This business will be the starting point of a plethora of other career goals I ultimately wish to accomplish. My current goal is to develop my engineering skills and knowledge so I can reach the career goals I’m passionate about.





Jacob Washalefsky

I was born and raised in Lake Tahoe and moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada and join the Engineering program. Throughout my academic career I would describe one of the most challenging projects that I have worked on to be the creation of an autonomous hovercraft during my first semester at the University. The project combined aspects such as technical research, programming, physical machining, and teamwork. Concepts I had not fully understood at the time. Over my academic career I have greatly increased my ability to not only analyze initial problems and work through specific portions individually, but have also learned how to use my acquired skills effectively in all aspects of my life. My future goals are to graduate and obtain a job in the Reno area to stay close to family and friends and to go back to school after gaining experience in the work field to obtain my MBA.