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Wednesday, April 19th
8:50 AM

Determining The Optimal Phase Angle of Stirling Engine in Various Temperatures

Edgar Carlos, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Internal combustion engines are ubiquitous, but other types can be more effective in certain circumstances. Stirling engines can be a low-cost, non-polluting alternative. Our study focused on finding the optimal phase angle of a gamma-type Stirling engine to improve its efficiency and make it more competitive. Our tests consisted of setting the phase angle of the engine, placing it on ... Read More

9:05 AM

Capacitive Deionization and Biorefinery Design, Simulation, and Techno-Economic Analysis

Anthony Kholoshenko, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jesse Park, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:05 AM - 9:20 AM

The transition to a sustainable bioeconomy is critical for achieving decarbonization, reducing dependence on non-renewable resources, and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. This project aims to achieve the following: i) evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of bioprocesses using BioSTEAM, a python platform and ii) investigate capacitive deionization as an alternative strategy for industrial separations. BioSTEAM is a free, open-source platform ... Read More

9:20 AM

Concrete: Renewable Alternative

Julius Wardlow, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

The Cement industry is responsible for at least 8% of the world's CO2 emissions. When limestone is fired in a kiln, CO2 is released into the atmosphere through a chemical reaction; this is in addition to all the pollution that is created when transporting cement building materials from site to site, and any other processes of the cement industry. Previous ... Read More

Designing a Variable Compliance Leg for Soft-Ground Locomotion

Jai Sutaria, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

Legged locomotion on soft-ground is essential to designing robots for tasks such as disaster relief and extraterrestrial exploration where the ground is typically yielding instead of rigid. In order to have successful legged locomotion on soft-ground, as much energy as possible needs to be conserved. This project aims to conserve this energy by minimizing the penetration depth of a robot ... Read More

9:35 AM

Autonomous Vehicles: Obstacle Detection

Nikita Rudrapati '23, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

The purpose of this research is to develop an algorithm for the Duckiebot to detect obstacles in the Duckietown field. Autonomous vehicles rely on internal and external sensors to understand the surrounding environment. On the road, self-driving vehicles depend on image processing to identify cars and pedestrians. Through this research, the purpose is to prevent collisions between the Duckiebot and ... Read More

10:05 AM

Pitching Biomechanics studied through A Developing Motion Capture

Luis Hernandez Aguirre '23, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

My research aims to look at the biomechanics behind a baseball pitch. The focus of the study is not on the results of the experiment, but to prove that scientific research can be conducted using this software. FreeMoCap is a free online software in the alpha stage of development. Omitting the need to purchase equipment costing thousands of dollars, FreeMoCap ... Read More

10:35 AM

Removal of Aluminum Foil from Lithium-ion Battery Cathode in the Recycling Process

Zuyu Liu '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are instrumental to a renewable future, but environmentally friendly methods of recycling must be developed. Aluminum foil is used as the current collector, and it must be removed prior to hydrometallurgical recycling to ensure the recovery of valuable metals. Current methods use organic solvents to remove the organic binder, which serves as an adhesive link between the ... Read More