2014 Teams

A.I.M.S. Solutions     Adapt-A-Rack     Ball Polishers     Dynamic Hope     Oasys     Ouroboros
Pedal Power     PT Systems     Quadaholics     Rack ‘Em Up     The Trekkies     Trail Runner     Transverse Testing     Wolf Pack Racing



14_80_AIMS_SOLUTIONS.jpegA.I.M.S. Solutions: Our project centers around the need for a device that will assist motorists with the process of changing the tire on an automobile. The device also incorporates a storage compartment for holding tools and other miscellaneous items such as jumper cables. The device will be portable and compact enough to fit comfortably in the trunk of a vehicle. It works by elevating the tire to the proper height, and it will enable the user to rotate the tire and wheel asssembly in order to align the hole pattern in the wheel to the hub of the vehicle. The tire will then slide onto the bolts where it can be tightened for normal operation. This simplified process is intended to prevent damage to the bolts on the vehicle hub that sometimes occurs while attempting to lift, rotate, and place the wheel on the bolts by hand.


overview picAdapt-A-Rack:The goal of this design project is to create an adapter that can be inserted into 2 inch or 1 and ¼ inch trailer hitch receiver and can hold a Thule sidearm bike rack. The Thule sidearm bike rack is design specifically to be used with a roof rack, however many people have a hard time lifting a bike onto the roof of a vehicle and need an easier way of transporting a single bicycle. The solution is to take the Thule roof rack and move it to a lower, more easily assessable location. The trailer hitch makes an easily assessable and compatible location. Being able to transfer the Thule roof rack from roof to trailer hitch and vice versa is desired, therefore there should be absolutely zero modification of the Thule roof rack itself. A number of different concepts for accomplishing this task have been reviewed and one design has been chosen to be moved forward into the manufacturing stage.


Ball Polishers: In the paintball industry thousands of rounds can be fired in a week, and sometimes in a day. Most of these rounds go unbroken and are left to degrade and become unusable. A process for reclaiming the paintballs would allow an opportunity for increased profits at paintball facilities. A design team, which is composed of five Senior Mechanical Engineering students, created a paintball cleaning machine that accepts a pile of dirty balls and is able to sort out the broken balls from the reusable paintballs. Once the paintballs have been sorted, the machine cleans the reusable paintballs. The machine determines which balls meet the standard for the best quality in order to re-sell them, while discarding the rest. The opportunity for paintball field facilities to extract reusable paintballs from the field with the built prototype causes increased revenue for the facilities.


14_5_fourcrossbikeDynamic Hope: Current downhill vehicle solutions in the sport of Fourcross restrict riders to lift assisted mountain bike parks. Dynamic Hope aims to provide people with disabilities the means to power their vehicles up inclines or accelerate across flat terrain by creating a device that can be attached to an existing Fourcross vehicle frame, providing the rider with near limitless access throughout today’s downhill mountain biking resorts.


Capture (8)Oasys: The goal of Oasys is to deliver chilled drinking water to outdoor enthusiasts who are active in a warm environment. Oasys will provide the chilled water for a prolonged period of time in order to account for longer duration activities that the user is taking part in. The chilled water will be delivered through a system similar to that of existing hydration packs with the addition of an electronically controlled cooling system that is easily applied to any hydration unit. The cooling system consists of thermoelectric coolers powered by a battery with substantial capacity for prolonged use. The capacity of the battery is determined by the activities performed by the average user. In order to cool the thermoelectric, Oasys incorporates a fan-cooled heat sink to reject waste heat at a high rate and allow for optimal cooling of the heat sink. The adaptability of the Oasys unit to any existing hydration pack will be achieved through a thermal wrap that is easily applied. Oasys as a final product is affordable, functional, and adaptable.


EngineOuroboros:Pheidippides will be the University of Nevada, Reno’s entry into the 2014 SAE Supermileage Competition. The competition provides mechanical engineering students with a realistic and practical design project that involves the development and construction of an extremely high mileage vehicle. The single-person vehicles are powered by small, air cooled, four-cycle engines that are generously provided by the Briggs and Stratton Corporation. The vehicles are to run six laps around a 2.6 km (1.6 mile) oval test track to determine kilometers per liter (miles per gallon) ratings. Each vehicle must be equipped with steering geometry capable of executing a maximum inside radius turn of 15.2 m and be able to traverse a 30.5 m slalom section in less than 15 seconds. In addition to these dynamic events, each team must submit both written and verbal design reports. The team that earns the highest combined mileage rating plus design segment points is declared the winner of the competition.




Pedal Power: Team Pedal Power is developing a device that will generator and store power to charge cell phones, GPS devices, cameras and other portable electronic devices, simply from riding your bike. By harvesting a small portion of energy from the rotation of the wheel and storing it, we can give your electronic device that boost it needs after your daily bike commute, a ride around town, or while you are on an epic cross-country bike tour.



splashpagestuff1PT Systems: PT Systems is a team composed of five mechanical engineering students from the University of Nevada, Reno. The Patient Transfer Device (PTD) was designed to aid in moving a patient between hospital beds and gurneys. The goal of the PTD is to alleviate the risk of injury to the patient as well as the staff when moving a patient. The PTD will achieve this by supporting the weight of the patient and moving them horizontally between surfaces with minimal help from the staff. This results in a safe and reliable platform upon which to transfer a patient.



 Quadaholics: The QuapCop is a UAV designed to keep Law Enforcement and Military personnel out of harms way when initially enter a building that had enemies or has sustained damage. The QuadCop is a quad-copter that will have a camera so the officer controlling it can go through the building and see any possible dangers that may exist. To protect the quad copter from damages from water or impacts, two items were designed. The first id a water resistant cages for all the electronics and the second is a cage to protect the rotors from impacts that would cause them to break. All these features will keep the personnel safer and the QuadCop protected in a dangerous situation.


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Rack ‘Em Up: It can be dangerous to load gear on the top of your vehicle. Loading gear can require awkward loading stances as well as superhuman strength. Weather conditions can also cause loading and unloading to be unnecessarily hazardous. Rack em’ Up aims to solve these problem through creative engineering design. Our rack will not only enable easy loading of gear, but it will allow gear to be loaded by one person that would otherwise require two people. Once the gear is loaded and secured, the rack can then be easily put back on the vehicle with the assistance of gas cylinder struts. Rack Em’ Up will be compatible with all types of different gear. Team Rack Em’ Up is equipped with top notch engineering students whose culmination of engineering experience will ensure that a top notch product is produced.

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14-7 Assembled smallThe Trekkies: The Trekkies are developing a different kind of solar oven in order to meet an unfulfilled market of a cheap and relatively portable sun powered cooker. The main goal is to cook food quickly using only the sun’s energy in order to remove the need of more typical fuel. Previous attempts at creating an oven of this type have either been too expensive, too flimsy or could not heat the food fast enough to be practical. The Trekkies plan to maximize all three aspects of design for their oven while still remaining within the confines the team’s sponsor, Earth Trek Gear, has established.



Trail Runner: Team Trail Runner designed an electric go-kart to facilitate mobility for individuals with muscular disabilities. This year the team had the opportunity to work with Hunter Yeider, a young man diagnosed with congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG). CDG is a rare syndrome that hinders the normal growth of organs and muscle tissue. The Yeider’s expressed a need for an off road go-kart that would allow Hunter to accompany the family during outdoor activities. The vehicle is electrically driven and encompasses all of the necessary components that enable powered mobility.



Hammer_BeamTransverse Testing: From smart phones to intelligent power grids, Integrated circuits manufactured on semiconductor wafers are essential to our modern way of life.  For the semiconductor industry, technological advancements are necessary to survive in the competitive environment of the Tech Industry. The goal for the “2D-LC Project” is to contribute to advancements in the industry by developing a high sensitivity multi-axis load cell or 2D-LC (2 Dimensional Load Cell). With the co-operation of our sponsor company, International Test Solutions (ITS), Transverse Testing have identified an opportunity for the application of this device in advanced testing techniques to measure the lifecycle of semiconductor test probes. This webpage focuses on the design process employed for developing the 2D-LC. For further discussion on application, and how the collected data will influence the semiconductor industry, please read Transverse Testing’s abstract selected for publication in IEEE’s South West Test Workshop 2014.


14_3_EnginediagramLargeWolf Pack Racing: The Nevada Wolf Pack engine team will be focusing on creating a high performance engine that meets the performance demands to participate in the 2014 Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. In order to be successful, the team needs to modify an engine to be high performing for the acceleration section of the competition and fuel efficient in order to maximize the points they can receive from the endurance portion of the competition. However, a trade off of high power output is high heat, so the team is also tasked with creating a suitable heat management system that can last through race conditions. In order to create optimized operating conditions for the engine, engineering principals and theories will be implemented. Nevada Wolf Pack Racing is working to make University of Nevada history by being the first student team to successfully compete in an international Formula SAE competition.