. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
The purpose of this project was identify the problems present in the design of the Abbott Power Plant, and come up with possible solutions for said problem. As this is a real world situation, we do not have access to all of the pertinent information. Instead, we must use our understanding of fluid mechanics to make the assumptions necessary to understand the situation. With these assumptions in hand, the equations taught in class – such as Bernoulli’s equation – can be applied to understand the system mathematically and physically. Once our understanding is as complete as possible, we set to work brainstorming a solution the entrained air within the pipe, possibly providing a permanent fix for the power plant.
. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
Each teammate makes a big contribution to this project. We have distributed work equally, so we can all work on parts we are confident in at the same time. When faced with difficulties, our team communicated with each other and put forward different ideas to let the project move smoothly. We also discussed with the professor about some problems we cannot solve by ourselves, and after getting some clue, we will share it with the group. We have a good working atmosphere, effective communication, and a happy ending.
. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
To understand the situation presented to us, our group had to pore over the provided blueprints and schematics of the power plant to find the exact route the water in question took in its path to the pump. With the extra information provided about the specifications of each part of the plant, we were able to piece together each part of the plant to see the entirety of the problem, allowing us to assess where the original designers of the plant went wrong; and possibly providing a feasible solution.