College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-08 12:33:30


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Honors Course

4600:497 Mechanical Engineering Design Honors Project

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


The purpose of this design project is to create a recycling facility for energy materials. Different energy systems will be analyzed to determine the most economically appropriate energy material to recycle. A list of the energy systems to be analyzed includes catalyst converters, wind turbines, lithium ion batteries, photo-voltaic cells, and precious materials with high energy applications. This study involves two main parts: the research to determine the most appropriate energy material for recycling, while also choosing or creating recycling processes efficient enough to reduce the US’s reliance on foreign nations for obtaining their rare-earth materials. The second part is the design of the facility and determining a combination of machines and processes to be used. An economic analysis of the energy material and facility will be completed. The objective for this study was partially stated. The US relies heavily on multiple nations for the mining and importing of rare-earth, high energy, application materials. There is also little infrastructure currently for recycling or reusing these materials. Constantly purchasing these materials places a large financial burden on the US. Most importantly, throwing away these used materials is extremely harmful to our environment and needs to be reduced.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Siamak Farhad

First Reader

Dr. Alper Buldum

Second Reader

Dr. Guo-Xiang Wang

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Dane Quinn



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