Task One

Luke Helenthal is one of the engineers working with us. He works as an engineer at the United Space Alliance. He has been working there for 5 years. He works on space shuttles and became an engineer to work on shuttles. Luke was chosen in 2008 as a participant in the Florida Microgravity research program. First he has associates of arts degree from Seminole community college, bachelors of Science degree from university of central Florida and is continuing his education in Regis University’s master of education degree in space studies. He associates with NASA. He looks at parts of shuttles and orbiters and finds out if they need to be repaired.  

Task Two

Our technical advisor, Mr. Helenthal has helped better understand the problem we are solving. He has given us examples to help detail our project. For task one we said: Today, we have way too many fatal car fires and crashes The majority of the time, the driver and the passengers are disintegrated or just barely make it out of the car-fire caused by crashes, not necessarily on highways but on busy roads So, we came up with an idea to have the sensor that triggers the airbag and that also triggers the fire extinguisher located in the engine to simultaneously cover the engine and gas tank. his responses were: you might want to look up how many car fires there are each year, how many people are injured killed, and put that information here.  It is always good to put accurate numbers in your project so people know how bad the problem really is. . The data you get above will tell you how many people are injured or killed.  Again, it is always best to included accurate numbers if you have them the engine and the gas tank are usually separated by several feet, so one extinguisher may not cover both. You would have to have two extinguishers, or do some research to determine where most fires originate, the engine or the fuel tank.  The fire extinguisher should be used where a fire is most likely to occur.   Do people know what do in case their car catches on fire and they are not involved in a crash?  This might be good information to include.

For task two we said: We chose Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for our NCT.  We chose this because we are making a fire extinguisher that connects to the air bag sensor. This ties in to the ITS characteristics where it discusses Emergency Management involving detecting and avoiding possible emergencies. The foam sensor will connect to the airbag sensor which will cover the engine when the airbag sensor goes off.  Also, the Technical Application includes sensors, which is what our project is based on. His response was: excellent!

For task three we said: In Akron, Ohio, citizens feel our pain. There was an explosion of a car at the scrap yard. Tires were exploding and much commotion was there. No one was injured. But if someone was injured or killed, their family members would be devastated This happens all the time. We have problems with car fires and/or crashes popping up from the middle of nowhere. In that situation, no one was sure what started the explosion. Police are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire. His suggestion was: good point! Was the car that exploded already scrapped or did it belong to someone working at the scrap yard?  If the car was already scrapped, the airbag system might have been disconnected, so the fire extinguisher would not work.  You might want to do some research to find a true story of people escaping a car fire, and what it was like, how long it took the fire department to respond, was the car badly damaged.

For task four we wrote: The solution for the car fire in Akron fire is firefighters. Our solution is a fire extinguisher built in to the car. The fire fighters are men while our solution is a machine. The fire fighters spray the car from the out side and our solution puts the fire out from the engine. Our solution automatically goes off when the fire happens while you must wait for the fire fighters to come.

Mr. Helenthal did not respond for this task. We have made changes to most of these components so the results on the website may not match up to this sheet.


Task Three

Mr. Helenthal told us about working with scientists and how it is very important  for all kinds of engineers to collaborate with scientists to solve a problem.  They all work as a team by using their own specialties to help one another understand the problem better.  For example, for our problem, the project manager might bring in a mechanical engineer who designs the engine, an electrical engineer who designs the car’s electrical system, a fluids engineer who designs the gas tank, a mechanical engineer who designs the car’s airbag system, a chemist to determine the best chemical to fight a fire, a safety engineer familiar with how different materials burn in toxic gasses that these fires can produce, and a firefighter who knows how to put out these fires.


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