Mini projects are integral part of mechanical engineering degree in any college or university. Many students are continuously looking for some low cost mini project ideas which can be completed without spending more money. I have compiled this list of low cost mini projects for mechanical engineers. I hope these ideas will help mechanical engineering students in learning their subjects more effectively. All these ideas are new and up-to-date. Please consult your professors of relevant field in your university in order to collect more information and help on these topics.
This mini project is related to design and manufacturing. Basic idea is to design an automated dustbin which can be loaded and unloaded without touching the dustbin. As you see atmosphere in hospitals is very germ-infested, so designing and manufacturing of such an automated dustbin will help in reducing risk of transferring any germs around. If you want to keep this project low cot then you can only suggest a design for this product or else if you can spend a little money as well then you can also manufacture it.
Though this mechanical engineering project idea is not new but it helps mechanical engineering students in understanding basic principles of design of machinery and how loads are distributed on a vehicle. Just take any vehicle information from internet and design its suspension spring in Pro E. After designing this spring you must also write complete analysis report of stresses and vibrations produced using ANSYS CFX. Data which you need to gather from internet is front and rear weight distribution and total weight of any vehicle. Rest of the things i.e. diameter of spring coil, number of active coils, spring index, material, pitch and total length of spring must be calculated by you at your own. Change these design variables and mathematically compute results and choose the best design variables which are best fit for that particular vehicle.
This low cost mechanical engineering mini project is actually a research project. The main aim of this research project is to study the vibrations induced by the vortices produced as flow moves past a stationary cylinder and to develop the appropriate power functions and to subsequently use these functions to generate electrical energy. Using ANSYS Fluent and CFX, LES turbulence model can be used to simulate the flow over a circular cylinder and results can be compared to experiments performed by Khallak& Williamson (Journal of Fluids and Structures, 1996).
Micro hydro turbines are installed in many hydroelectric power plants all over the world. As water intake cannot be controlled very precisely on all these turbines so it produces random jerks and abrupt changes in turbine speed which decrease efficiency. The main aim of the project is to design a device that keeps the speed of the turbine shaft constant in spite of the varying load on the turbine, by varying the flow rate.
This low cost mini project idea is for those mechanical engineering students who are interested in taking a robotics project. The goal of robot is to reach its destination using shortest path and avoid obstacles. Kinematic modeling can be done for the localization of robot.
Design a mechanism for auto opening and closing of garage gate so that it opens and closes automatically upon recognition of registration number of the vehicle of its owner.
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