College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 05:39:41


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

MECE 461-012

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


The goal for this project is to make a cost effective still. We will be implementing cost saving parts to create a cheap but effective still. From initial research conducted, we will try to combine a stainless steel still and copper still together so that the cheaper material (stainless steel) and the component that removes sulfur compounds (copper) are both implemented. The ME side of the project will focus on the actual design and construction of the parts that will be implemented into the still. Included in the design process will be calculations of heat transfer for the current and new materials inserted into the still ensuring that the heating element in the still will continue to raise the product to the correct temperature without impedance. Additionally, there will be a possibly of 3D modeling in Solidworks for the new parts created. The ChemE side of the project will be focused on optimizing the theoretical shape of the column to achieve the desired ethanol concentrations, measuring sulfur concentrations in the distillate (and other chemistry analyses as necessary) between the two columns, and delving into the fermentation process to have a consistent inlet formula.

Research Sponsor

David Peters

First Reader

Bi-min Zhang Newby

Second Reader

Manigandan Kannan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Donald Dane Quinn

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