Projects

Listing of PIPELINES projects grouped by year. You can search by Project Title or Year. You can find past and present interns on the the Interns page.

2019

A Bird's Eye View team Members

The fields of ecology and computer science are not commonly thought of as being used together however this process of thinking is rapidly changing. In the modern world, people are constantly looking for ways to work more efficiently with the assistance of computers. This search for efficiency has led to the growth of several fields such as artificial intelligence which can be used to augment and assist people with their work. The use of these technologies can make work safer, more cost effective, and less intrusive to the environment.

Don’t Crack Under Pressure team members

The U.S. Navy uses many underwater electronics such as underwater cables for communication purposes and/or gathering data. Currently, the U.S. Navy uses large metal canisters to house these electronics at great ocean depths. These canisters are about 12 inches long, 4 inches in diameter, and weigh about 25 pounds. They are designed for specific ocean depths as they need to be able to withstand varying ocean pressure.

Fueling Innovation team members

Our project is to design, build, and test a small-scale fuel pipeline, using non destructive testing techniques. The main goals of this project are to hydrostatically test our pipeline and have it become a testing and training platform for future Petroleum, Oils, & Lubricants engineers. The current solution is to train engineers at an existing fuel pipeline, which can lead to safety risks due to a lack of previous exposure to operating procedures. Some of the design requirements and constraints that we faced were related to the materials, durability, mobility, and time.

Project Moor team members

The U.S. Navy is addressing a capability gap in their expeditionary warfare forces performing missions abroad. Existing practices for mooring large warfare vessels require barges, cranes, underwater construction teams, and specialized training. This increases cost and precious time, which is not conducive to expeditionary missions. To resolve this complication, a temporary mooring system was designed to fit into three shipping containers (8 x 8 x 6.5 ft) that can be carried on a C-130 cargo aircraft to destinations around the world for rapid deployment.

Threat Detective team members

The Navy faces cyber threats from adversaries who grow more capableand persistent every day. The stakes are high: if an attacker targets a critical control system, the consequences could be millions of dollars in damage, injury, or even loss of life. In order to develop defenses against these attacks we developed a rapidtesting network security platform. The platform has three components: simulation, data collection, and threat detection. After selecting a system to test,simulation is accomplished by constructing a threat detection model using Node-Red software.

2018

We have designed a new fuel distribution system that consists of a network for low-profile floating platforms for increased reliability of critical resupply missions.

We have designed a new frame for bollard load test that allows for applying forces similar, in magnitude and direction, to those experienced during use.

Our team has designed a portable photovoltaic unit to reduce the Navy fossil fuel consumption, especially at forward operating bases.

Our team designed a backup system consisting of portable pumps and pre-installed connections to guarantee continuous distribution of fuel when the existing infrastructure is damaged.

We have designed a miniaturized electro-optical repeater for rapid deployment of underwater communication cables.

2017

We investigated the use of small buoys as a platform for radio antennas, testing and modeling prototypes to maximize connectivity.

Our team was tasked with designing an innovative ladder to safely get divers in and out of the water from the majority of waterfront facilities and vessels.

Internal-curing (IC) materials are expected to minimize cracking in cement structures compared to traditional superficial wetting. We compared the performance of three IC materials relative to critical parameters.

Our team’s goal was to recreate ELCAS-M components in modern CAD software to allow the Navy to determine the ELCAS-M’s ability to bear new equipment loads. We also redesigned the ELCAS-M lifting lug, a key component in this modular system.

Our team created an interactive web-based platform to demonstrate the security flaws associated with choosing passwords created using visual keyboard patterns.

We designed a sanitation facility for Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) to reduce water usage, waste disposal, as well as minimize hurdles related to transportation and installation.

2016

We analyzed the problem of integrating renewable energy sources into existing power grids on Navy Bases, to decrease reliance on fossil fuels, without compromising continuous operation and mission success.

We have researched the impact of modifying concrete composition to mitigate corrosion of internal rebars in reinforced concrete used in marine environments.

Our team designed a prototype for a new passenger boarding system to be used in Navy Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) Vehicles.

Our team developed a prototype tethering system for small buoys that incorporates an optical fiber cable, stiff enough to alleviate excessive strain caused by ocean waves and currents, but soft enough to keep the buoy afloat.

Our team developed a prototype for an automated solar panel cleaning system to reduce dust accumulation and maintain a high power output.

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