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Stemming the flow: Students identify costly stormwater intrusion in Corvallis sewers system

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Steve Frandzel By analyzing average daily water flow rates through the Corvallis sewer system and the length of time that pumping stations operated, Mathew Palmer and his Expo project team determined that large volumes of excess water is infiltrating the system through cracks and fissures in underground pipes. “Whenever it rains a lot, water […]

Finding the right angle to improve solar panel efficiency

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Steve Frandzel Corbin Moser’s Expo team was tasked by EarthCruiser USA in Bend, Oregon, to increase the efficiency of solar panels mounted on the company’s all-terrain expedition vehicles. EarthCruiser vehicles are designed to be self-sufficient during long-term travel in remote locations. They rely on solar panels coupled with batteries for power when parked, and […]

A river runs over it: Students propose a ford to alleviate eastern Oregon flooding

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Steve Frandzel After major rainstorms, Pine Creek outside of Halfway, Oregon, floods surrounding farmland and threatens nearby homesteads and sewage holding lagoons. Will Dickman and his fellow Expo team members considered several possible solutions to mitigate the flooding and presented their recommendations to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Using bat anatomy to improve robot navigation

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Steve Frandzel Seeking a way to improve the navigational ability of robots, Colin Comard and his Expo team turned to the animal world — specifically the bat’s remarkable ability to maneuver quickly and precisely using sonar. “Bats have specialized anatomy and biology that allow them to navigate with echolocation,” said Comard, who is getting […]

Cell phone photographs radiation, warns of danger

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

By Steve Frandzel Sophia Uchiyama and her Expo team have designed a small, inexpensive radiation detector which will enable anyone with a smart phone to “photograph” radiation and determine in a flash if they’re being exposed to high levels of radiation. “We wanted something that’s easy to understand for people who are not trained in […]

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