Success Stories

Dynamic Model of the Middle Ear Ossicular Chain

by Benson Isaac — last modified 2012-05-04 23:22

This project focused on designing and developing a prototype of middle ear ossicular chain based on the research carried out by Dr. Ravi Samy, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Pediatric and Adult Otology/Neurotology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Dr. Samy’s research showed the ability to understand the properties and behavior of the different components and tissues of the middle ear ossicular chain. The engineering team, comprising Mechanical Engineering seniors Brain Kim, Brian Kunes, Matt Schnuth, and Andy Ward under supervision of engineering faculty members, produced this prototype as a Senior Design Project in which they completed an iterative process of design and construction of this twenty times size model. Testing was performed on the model using a wave generator and a triaxial accelerometer. The results based on this research project was published at 2011 ASME Conference on Frontier in Biomedical Devices and has been well received both within (including publications in College of Engineering Applied Science’s research magazine) and outside the UC’s research community.

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Superbug Fuel Cell

This project was based on the research on genetically altered super-bug bacteria carried out by Pilus Energy and Dr. Dan Hassett at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. His research showed the ability of aerobic super-bug bacteria to generate electricity in a controlled environment using organic waste matter. The overall objective of the research is to be able take all waste water and all sanitation waste from the house and run it through a small version of a tertiary treatment plant-similar to what is used on the Space Station. The plant would recycle the water for all use except drinking and would produce natural gas from the anaerobic bacteria digestion and electricity from the superbug that Pilus Energy is promoting as part of the fuel cell project. The superbug would be part of the aerobic processing part of the plant. The purpose of the Senior Design Project was to design and construct two large scale fuel cells to generate electricity from waste water. The Senior Design Team was composed of Bobby Duncan, Tyler Janzen, Eric Lindhurst and Will Morton, Mechanical Engineering students at the University of Cincinnati. The team designed and constructed a stainless steel based fuel cell and a crushed graphite based fuel cell. Both cells were tested with a bacteria growth media and provided excellent voltage results that had not been seen in earlier attempts to prototype the design of such fuel cells.