A group of mechanical engineers proposed to take a donated diesel engine and replace its camshaft with something that could improve its performance — an electromagnetically-actuated intake valve.
Ivan Cliff, Eli Dawson, Luis deArtola, Devan Sauerbrey, and Makenzie Ware make up the Senior Design team exploring the costs and benefits of an electromagnetic engine. Initial research suggests the modifications reduce emissions while increasing power, improving its efficiency and extending the engine’s life.
The new cylinder head opens and closes its valves using electromagnetic solenoids rather than a traditional camshaft.
The five students met in early February to compare voltage current in the current engine with the valve they planned to install, taking tests in both the Manufacturing and Technology Center and the Digital Electronics Circuits Lab.
They will present their results on Design Expo Day, May 2 at Hemmingson. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.