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MSE Senior Design Projects - Spring 2015


MSE students pursuing a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering must complete an extensive design project in the Spring Semester of their senior year as part of the MSE 489 Materials Design course. Groups of 3-4 students work together on design projects that fulfill a number of academic requirements. It is expected that students will deliver professional presentations and reports in which they demonstrate the following at the completion of the course:

• An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. (This mirrors Student Outcome (c) as defined by ABET.)

• Mastery of the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, incorporation of appropriate engineering standards, and adherence to multiple realistic constraints. (This mirrors the requirements of a culminating, major design experience as defined by ABET.)

• Application and integration of knowledge from each of the four elements of the field [structure, properties, processing, and performance] to solve materials selection and design problems. (This mirrors the requirements of Program Criteria For Materials Science and Engineering Programs as defined by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ABET.)

The Senior Design Oversight Committee ensures that each project presented to seniors will allow them to fully demonstrate these outcomes. At the end of each Spring Semester, this committee also assesses the degree to which these outcomes were demonstrated.

MSE seniors worked on the following projects in the Spring 2015 Semester:

Design of Catalyst Supports
Advisors: Dr. David Keffer and Chris Wetteland
Industry sponsor: Advanced Catalyst Systems, LLC (Maryville, TN)

Process Design for Extended Life of Silicon Carbide Hot-Surface Gas Igniters
Advisors: Dr. Claudia Rawn and Dr. T.G. Nieh
Industry Sponsor: Surface Igniter, LLC (Maryville, TN)

Creep Performance and Microstructural Characterization of the Type IV Region in Grade 91 Steel Weldments
Advisor: Dr. Carl Lundin
Industry Sponsor: Electric Power Research Institute (Charlotte, NC)

Mitigation of Aging in Low Voltage Electrical Cables in Nuclear Power Plants
Advisor: Dr. Roberto Benson
Industry Sponsor: Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (Knoxville, TN)


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