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 Capstone Design Projects for Term 152


Proposed Capstone Design Projects for Term 152

Section Instructor  Project Title Project Description

02 

Dr. MUHAMMAD ABUELMAATTI 

 

 

03 

Dr. ZAKARIYA AL-HAMOUZ 

Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Pilot type wire-plate electrostatic precipitators 

"In this project, a prototype ESP will be designed and fabricated at the high voltage
 Lab of the Research Institute at KFUPM. Experimental investigation of the fabricated
prototype will be conducted under different loading conditions to estimate its performance."
Prerequisites :

05 

Dr. HUSAIN AL-JAMED 

Portable Metal Detector

A handheld battery powered portable metal detector needs to be designed, built, and tested. Under ideal conditions, the detector is expected to detect a coin-sized metallic object within a distance of about 20 cm or less. The user will be alerted to the presence of a metallic object using sound through an earphone
Prerequisites :

07 

Dr. IBRAHIM EL-AMIN 

Design of electric networks for  Two off-Grid Primary Schools: AC & DC Systems 

The objective of this project is to design two primary schools in an off grid area. The first school is supplied entirely by diesel generator where all the loads work based on the conventional AC power. The second school is fed by PV panels with back up batteries. The loads in this case are pure DC loads. At the end, the two designs will be compared in terms of cost and efficiency analysis. The simulations can be performed based on analytical, experimental representation and actual implementation.
Prerequisites :

08 

Dr. AZZEDINE ZERGUINE 

Development of an echo canceller

 The students will  develop an echo canceller.
Prerequisites : EE370

09 

Dr. M MOHANDES 

 

 

10 

Dr. SALIM IBRIR 

Observer-based control of a DC motor

In this project a real-time controller is developed for observer-based control of a DC motor. A preliminary identification technique is employed to define the transfer function of the DC motor. Subsequently, an observer-based feedback is conceived and implemented on a stand-alone target computer. Real-time simulation will be provided with comparison with classical control  algorithms.
Prerequisites : Good knowldge of Matlab/Simulink or Labview, Micro-controllers, system theory

11 

Dr. MAHMOUD KASSAS 

Green Campus: Solar Powered Auto Irrigation System

"The ""KFUPM Green Campus"" project is a long-term project to develop the first green campus in the kingdom by utilizing
 advanced engineering technology, knowledge, and tools.  KFUPM has many landscapes scattered in a large and open
 area and in very harsh environment. Landscapes need continuous irrigation during the day. Right now the irrigations
 are done manually and through manpower turning on/off the water for irrigation. The specific objective of this part of
the project is to design an irrigation system that uses a photo-voltaic cell to produce electrical energy by converting
solar energy from sun. This derived energy is further utilized for controlling the pump sets based on the soil moisture
content."
Prerequisites :

12 

Dr. ALI MUQAIBEL 

Implementation and calibration of Doppler radar for indoor applications

In this project we implement a Doppler radar module which combines the reflected microwaves with a sample from the local oscillator. The project involves processing the signal at the output of the radar and make decision about the presence and speed of moving objects. Indoor applications include intruder alarms, speed measurement, vibration measurement, proximity switch for automatic operation of doors etc.
Prerequisites : EE370

13 

Dr. M SHARAWI 

Design of a Non-Contact IR Temperature Metal Sensor

An non-contact infra-red based metal temperature sensing system will be designed and implemented in this project. An embedded system for temperature monitoring of metal objects is to be developed based on Infra Red radiation. The embedded system will utilize the use of a Microcontroller board to acquire the sensor reading and post process them. The readings from the temperature sensor will be displayed on an LCD panel on the development board, and warning messages will be displayed as well according to predefined monitoring criteria. Several tests for buried metallic objects and behind wood will be investigated.  
Prerequisites : C-language, Electronics

14 

Dr. SHARIF SHEIKH                         

Co-advisors:                     

Escobar, Juan D., ARAMCO
Walaie, Soliman A., ARAMCO

Detecting Oil Flow using Natural Magnetic Pericles

"The project has two parts:
(1) modelling using a professional software
(2) experimental verification

Project detail: Develop new technique to measure the velocity, density and viscosity of the fluid in a pipeline by magnetization and resonance of associated magnetic particle.  This could be achieved by detecting magnetized ferromagnetic and metallic fluid particles at a known distance downstream of a magnetizer. Velocity will be obtained by measuring the time that takes the magnetized particles or molecules to travel from the magnetizer to the magnetic detector and dividing the known distance between the magnetizer and the magnetic detector by the measured travel time of the magnetized particles/molecules. Once the time and particles distribution is measured, the velocity can be obtained.."
Prerequisites :

15 

Dr. S. AL-AHMADI 

Development of a simulation platform cognitive radio over fading channels 

The spectrum scarcity is one of the main aspects of current and future communication networks. The cognitive radio (CR) technology was proposed to allow efficient utilization of spectrum. In this project, a simulation platform for the different protocols of spectrum sharing in CR networks for the different fading scenarios and for the different power constraints.
Prerequisites :

16 

Dr. AL-SAYYED AL-AKHDAR 

Metal Detector

To design and build a metal detector. It is portable. on battery power. It has sensitivity adjustment.
Prerequisites : EE303 , EE370 and EE340

17 

Dr. A AWAMI 

Home Energy Management - Intelligent Control for a Smarter House 

The objective of this project is to design and implement an intelligent control strategy for house appliances so as to promote higher energy efficiency in the house. The house will be assumed to receive a signal from the electric utility company that limits its maximum power consumption. The control strategy to be implemented should decide on which load(s) to be turned off based on certain criteria, such as the house owner’s preferences. The controller will send control signals to the house appliances accordingly. The control action will be in effect as long as requested by the utility company.
Prerequisites :

18 

Dr. MOHAMMED KHAN 

Audio over optical communication system

"The project will involve designing and developing an optical communication system with a LED/laser as the source,
photodiode/solar cell as the detector, and a channel which will either be free space or an optical fiber. An audio signal
 will then be transmitted through this communication system and detected. A transmitter circuit which converts
the audio signal to electrical signal and then directly modulate the LED/laser light (employing the electrical signal),
 will be developed. Likewise, a receiver circuit which converts the modulated LED/laser light back into an
 electrical signal (demodulate) and eventually to an audio signal will be developed. "
Prerequisites :

19 

Dr. JHONATHAN PRIETO ROJAS 

Stretchable PCB I

"This project will require to develop a fully stretchable printed circuit board (PCB) and use it to implement one simple electronic system (for instance an adder or a radio transmitter, etc.). The stretchable PCB will consist on meander-based copper interconnects on top of a polymeric substrate.
The main tasks are:
1. Find suitable set of materials and techniques to implement the stretchable PCB. (Cost, availability and manufacturability should be considered) [Approach #1]
2. Fabrication, test and optimization of the process to build the stretchable PCB (including optimal method for soldering/interconnecting electronic components). [Approach #1]
3. Design a simple electronic system to be implemented on the stretchable PCB. [Application #1]
4. Final test and demonstration."
Prerequisites :

20 

Dr. MESBAH WESSAM 

An Optical Targeting System

"The student are required to build a Matlab-controlled, motorized pan-tilt platform with a LED and a webcam mounted on it. If a small target suddenly appear in the view of the webcam, the platform will orient the platform so that the light form the LED will hit the target.
Main Tasks:
1-Survey optical targeting systems
2-build/acquire a pan-tilt platform that is controlled by two servo-motors
3-Install a LED and a webcam on the platform so that when the LED is fired the light dot appear in the center of the image captured by the webcam
4-interface the platform using a micro-controller to matlab so that commands to move the platform is sent from the matlab program
5-write a matlab program so that when a location of the webcam  image is selected by the mouse, the platform will move the LED light point to that location
6-write a matlab program so that when a small object suddenly appears in the visual field of the webcam, the program marks the location of the object
7-Connect the programs in 5 and 6 together so that when the object suddenly appear in the visual view of the webcam the platform moves the LED light spot and place it on the object
8-Careful and clear documentation"
Prerequisites :

21 

Dr. SAMEH SORUR 

Indoor Positioning System

Indoor Positioning has become a very hot topic both in the research and industrial communities due to the importance of its applications in today's world, including location based services, finding friends/kids in crowded indoor environments, navigation in very large malls/airports, indoor navigation for visually impaired people.
 In this project, we aim to implement and practically test an indoor positioning solutions. The tasks in this project can be summarized as follows:
•     Familiarize with the indoor positioning literature and the related solutions that will be considered in the project.
•    Access the WiFi and inertial sensor (accelerometer, gyroscope, …) information from their cards in cell phones.
•     Learn Android programming and implement the algorithms on an Android device.
•     Test the implemented software in indoor environments.
Prerequisites :

22 

Dr. M. AL-MUHAINI 

KFUPM Green Campus - Green Sports Complex (Phase II) 

The "KFUPM Green Campus" project is a long-term project to develop the first green campus in the kingdom by utilizing advanced engineering technology, knowledge, and tools. The specific objective of this part of the project is to design a hybrid renewable energy system (HRES) to supply green power to the student’s sports complex. The HRES may consist of one or more renewable energy technologies to provide green energy to the complex and reduce the cost of energy. Bld.59 and the nearby parking area will be considered in this project as potential spots to install solar panels and/or wind turbines. The study will include providing a complete design and cost-benefit analysis for the proposed HRES.
Prerequisites :

23 

Dr. M. AL-MUHAINI 

KFUPM Green Campus - Solar Canopy (Phase II)

The "KFUPM Green Campus" project is a long-term project to develop the first green campus in the kingdom by utilizing advanced engineering technology, knowledge, and tools. The specific objective of this part of the project is to design solar canopy (shade) that can be used in several locations in campus to provide several services such as: shade, light, DC charging, and others. The team is required to propose the electrical, mechanical, and architectural designs for the solar canopy. The study will include providing a complete design and cost-benefit analysis for the proposed design.
Prerequisites :

27 

Dr. BELHAJ CHOKRI 

Design PV performance Booster

"The objective is to design a photovoltaic generator performance booster based on the use irradiation reflectors.
The design is supposed to reach a better power output of the PV panel under Dhahran weather conditions.
The challenge is to reach the objective without causing  excessive  panel temperature  rise as well a avoiding
 the possible creation of Hotspots due to shading or  frequent dust accumulation over the whole panel or
over parts   the panel. "
Prerequisites :

28 

Dr. BELHAJ CHOKRI 

Design PV performance Booster

"The objective is to design a photovoltaic generator performance booster based on the use irradiation reflectors.
The design is supposed to reach a better power output of the PV panel under Dhahran weather conditions.
The challenge is to reach the objective without causing  excessive  panel temperature  rise as well a avoiding
 the possible creation of Hotspots due to shading or  frequent dust accumulation over the whole panel or
over parts   the panel. "
Prerequisites : EE360

29 

Dr. M MOHANDES 

 

 

30 

Dr. MOHAMMED KHAN 

Free space optical communication system

"An optical communication system with free space channel (can include any medium like water),
LED/laser as the source, photodiode/solar cell as the detector, will be designed and developed.
The light propagation will be line of sight. An information signal (for instance, audio) will then be
 transmitted through this communication system and detected. A transmitter circuit which converts
 the information signal to electrical signal and then directly modulate the LED/laser light
 (employing the electrical signal), will be developed. Likewise, a receiver circuit which converts
 the modulated LED/laser light back into an electrical signal (demodulate) and eventually to
 the information signal will be developed.   "
Prerequisites :

31 

Dr. JHONATHAN PRIETO ROJAS 

Stretchable PCB II

"This project will require to develop a fully stretchable printed circuit board (PCB) and use it to implement one simple electronic system (for instance an adder or a radio transmitter, etc.). The stretchable PCB will consist on meander-based copper interconnects on top of a polymeric substrate.
The main tasks are:
1. Find suitable set of materials and techniques to implement the stretchable PCB. (Cost, availability and manufacturability should be considered) [Approach #2]
2. Fabrication, test and optimization of the process to build the stretchable PCB (including optimal method for soldering/interconnecting electronic components). [Approach #2]
3. Design a simple electronic system to be implemented on the stretchable PCB. [Application #2]
4. Final test and demonstration."
Prerequisites :

32 

Dr. A. HUSSEIN 

Design and Implementation of a Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

"During the last few decades, environmental impact of the petroleum-based transportation infrastructure, along with the peak oil, has led to renewed interest in an electric transportation infrastructure. Electric Vehicles (EVs) differ from fossil fuel-powered vehicles in that the electricity they consume can be generated from a wide range of sources, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, photovoltaic (PV), and other renewable sources such as tidal power, and wind power or any combination of those. The electricity may then be stored on board the vehicle using a battery, flywheel, or supercapacitors.
In this project, charging stations of EVs will be designed and implemented. Specifically, two stations with different inputs will be built.

First Station
The first station will use the utility distribution network to charge the batteries of the EVs using AC/DC rectifier. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the voltage of the distribution network.

Second Station
The second station will use the renewable source such as PV to charge the batteries of the EVs using DC/DC converter. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the battery State of Charge (SoC).

Manpower Requirements
It is expected to have at least two sections to be involved in this project with 4 students each. Each section will carry out the design and experimental implementation of one charging station as described above."
Prerequisites :

33 

Dr. A. HUSSEIN 

Design and Implementation of a Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

"During the last few decades, environmental impact of the petroleum-based transportation infrastructure, along with the peak oil, has led to renewed interest in an electric transportation infrastructure. Electric Vehicles (EVs) differ from fossil fuel-powered vehicles in that the electricity they consume can be generated from a wide range of sources, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, photovoltaic (PV), and other renewable sources such as tidal power, and wind power or any combination of those. The electricity may then be stored on board the vehicle using a battery, flywheel, or supercapacitors.
In this project, charging stations of EVs will be designed and implemented. Specifically, two stations with different inputs will be built.

First Station
The first station will use the utility distribution network to charge the batteries of the EVs using AC/DC rectifier. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the voltage of the distribution network.

Second Station
The second station will use the renewable source such as PV to charge the batteries of the EVs using DC/DC converter. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the battery State of Charge (SoC).

Manpower Requirements
It is expected to have at least two sections to be involved in this project with 4 students each. Each section will carry out the design and experimental implementation of one charging station as described above."
Prerequisites :

34 

Dr. M ABIDO 

Design and Implementation of a Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

"During the last few decades, environmental impact of the petroleum-based transportation infrastructure, along with the peak oil, has led to renewed interest in an electric transportation infrastructure. Electric Vehicles (EVs) differ from fossil fuel-powered vehicles in that the electricity they consume can be generated from a wide range of sources, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, photovoltaic (PV), and other renewable sources such as tidal power, and wind power or any combination of those. The electricity may then be stored on board the vehicle using a battery, flywheel, or supercapacitors.
In this project, charging stations of EVs will be designed and implemented. Specifically, two stations with different inputs will be built.

First Station
The first station will use the utility distribution network to charge the batteries of the EVs using AC/DC rectifier. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the voltage of the distribution network.

Second Station
The second station will use the renewable source such as PV to charge the batteries of the EVs using DC/DC converter. The DC output will be adjusted to control the battery charging rate based on the battery State of Charge (SoC).

Manpower Requirements
It is expected to have at least two sections to be involved in this project with 4 students each. Each section will carry out the design and experimental implementation of one charging station as described above."
Prerequisites :

35

Dr. AHMED MASOUD 

An Optical Targeting System

"The student are required to build a Matlab-controlled, motorized pan-tilt platform with a LED and a webcam mounted on it. If a small target suddenly appear in the view of the webcam, the platform will orient the platform so that the light form the LED will hit the target.
Main Tasks:
1-Survey optical targeting systems
2-build/acquire a pan-tilt platform that is controlled by two servo-motors
3-Install a LED and a webcam on the platform so that when the LED is fired the light dot appear in the center of the image captured by the webcam
4-interface the platform using a micro-controller to matlab so that commands to move the platform is sent from the matlab program
5-write a matlab program so that when a location of the webcam  image is selected by the mouse, the platform will move the LED light point to that location
6-write a matlab program so that when a small object suddenly appears in the visual field of the webcam, the program marks the location of the object
7-Connect the programs in 5 and 6 together so that when the object suddenly appear in the visual view of the webcam the platform moves the LED light spot and place it on the object
8-Careful and clear documentation"
Prerequisites :