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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Class Projects

Introduction to Engineering (ES 1401)

Wind Turbine Power Plant Renewable Energy Project

Approximately 90 undergraduate students from across the School of Engineering participate in a design experience during the fall semester each year in the Introduction to Engineering module focused on smart and sustainable cities (Civil Engineering module).  During this course, students study the challenges and benefits of renewable energy and discuss the technological advances that are needed to engineer cities of the future. Students in this course also get the opportunity to experiment with renewable energy in the school’s large-scale Laboratory for Systems Integrity & Reliability with the goal of designing, fabricating, and testing wind turbine power plants in a wind tunnel at the laboratory to maximize the energy production of their design.  Winning teams capture more energy by incorporating light weight materials, advanced manufacturing techniques like 3D printing, and other creative concepts in their blade designs. Students also learn first-hand about how fluid-structure interactions affect the energy efficiency of wind power.

ES 1401

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (CE 3700L)

Desig & 3D Printing of a Water Slide

As a semester long project, during the fall of the junior year, the students are challenged to design a water slide for a water theme park. The project is done in collaboration with the Nashville Shores, a nearby waterpark for family entertainment. In this design challenge, the students, in teams of four, take on the role of engineers by forming an imaginary engineering firm and implement their own design based on theory learned in the classroom, thus applying fluid mechanics concepts to a real-world design problem. The project culminates with the 3D printing of the model water slides and each team competing for the best water slide based on a poster presentation judged by representatives from the Nashville Shores Waterpark.













2015 Winners

Senior Design (CE 4950/4951)

Solar Powered Desalination with Capacitive Deionization (CDI)

Access to safe drinking water remains a significant challenge to many communities. Furthermore, in some of these areas, the only possible water source is brackish groundwater. Existing water treatment technologies all have significant limitations when applied in small-scale and off-grid desalination. A 7-member engineering senior design team developed and prototyped a possible solution using the emerging desalination process known as Capacitive Deionization (CDI). Ultimately, the team would like to implement a pilot system using a solar-powered CDI  in a relevant community either in the US or abroad. 

CAD Drawing


Solar CDI