Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Stephen Duirk

First Reader

Dr. Gopal Nadkarni

Second Reader

Dr. Scott Sawyer


The purpose of this project is to develop a flood barrier that would resist flood water from entering through the doorways of a building. The goal is to mitigate extensive flooding within a structure. After the disastrous weather events that impacted American citizens late in the year of 2017, the team was inspired to develop a project to help disaster victims. Through extensive preliminary and market research, it was discovered that flooding is a serious issue that affects people all over the world. A product to stop flooding could benefit people in developed countries, but it could also help citizens of developing countries. After this research, the group was able to strategize and develop a plan to help fight against flooding and lessen the struggle victims endure. After brainstorming multiple solutions to this important problem, the group refined their ideas and settled on a point source flood barrier. This product would fit in doorways and be relatively easy and quick to employ. The team then developed a design, created a 3D model, and built a proof-of-concept prototype. Then testing was done on the prototype to reveal changes that could be made to improve the design. Overall, the team partook in many stages in the design process of a product that could meet the goal of aiding disaster victims.