2021 EEE Senior Design Projects

Combination Washer and Dryer Life Cycle Assessment



Whirlpool Corporation is the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances. One category of appliances that are produced by Whirlpool are laundry products including washing machines and clothes dryers. One variant of laundry products that has gained popularity on the international market and is increasingly being adopted in the United States is the combination clothes washing and drying machine (Combo). The goal of this project is to understand the relative environmental impact of the Combo compared to a traditional, comparable, laundry pair.
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Wabash Stormwater Management Solutions



Wabash is the innovation leader of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics, and distribution industries. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, the company’s mission is to enable customers to succeed with breakthrough ideas and solutions that help them move everything from first to final mile. Wabash National manufactures a diverse range of products, including dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment.
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Zucrow Labs and the Aerospace District




Zucrow Labs and the Aerospace District are a rapidly growing part of the Purdue campus. Sitting at the west end of the Airport grounds, the existing facilities as well as those being planned for in the near future, present a unique transportation challenge. Right now, the student and faculty population of this area is relatively low and their need to travel across campus is somewhat unpredictable. Additionally, there are infrastructure challenges that make access via various modes of transportation more challenging. As this area continues to grow both in size and importance these transportation challenges must be solved.
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Evaluation of Water Softening Adjustments for Reduced Chloride Discharge



Minnesota currently has 91 communities that have chloride in their wastewater discharge above the allowable limit in the NPDES permit and will need to take action to reduce chloride. Each wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) receives a unique chloride limit in their permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). And all facilities have a variety of chloride sources, hardness levels of their drinking water sources, as well as their drinking water distribution systems. Many communities are upgrading their centralized water distribution system to reduce hardness at the drinking water treatment plant in order to meet their assigned chloride permit limit. However, several communities are not able to implement that option, so this project will help to inform those cities what options will provide a significant reduction in chloride coming from private water softening systems.
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Saltless Water Softeners Analysis



Wisconsin Salt Wise is a coalition of organizations from across Wisconsin working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water. Our primary goals are to: educate residents, leaders and winter maintenance professionals on salt pollution and solutions, provide training and promote best practices to reduce salt pollution and recognize contractors committed to using the right amount of salt for conditions.
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Pearl River CSO Soil Remediation



Lafayette Renew is responsible for resource recovery, sustainability, and stewardship of water resources and the environment for the City of Lafayette, IN. Lafayette Renew efficiently manages community resources, develops educational materials, and partners with local organizations to improve the environment and quality of life in the community.
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The City of Lafayette LUR Ditch



The City of Lafayette owns approximately 15 acres of property on the south side of McCarty Lane with the entry located between 3685 and 3605 McCarty Lane. Along the perimeter of the property is a drainage ditch, lined with a concrete bottom, that drains property to the north, including CAT Park. Many native species of plants, trees, insects and other wildlife are present. However, many invasive species are present as well. The ditch and adjoining property are managed to maintain water flow and weed control (mowing).
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Heat Recovery



Hormel Foods is a food manufacturing company that operates plants around the United States and the world. It has several long-term goals which include to cut operating costs by 1%, year over year. This aligns well with saving energy via several avenues, including: supply side energy agreements, renewable purchases, optimization of plant processes, recovery of wasted energies at plants. The company wants to champion environmental initiatives to help steward the environment and ensure long term and sustainable operation of its processes.
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Solar Energy Viability at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana



As the largest hunger relief organization in Indiana, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is dedicated to leading the fight against hunger for Hoosiers by distributing as much food as possible while investing in nutritious options to support the overall health and wellbeing of their clients. According to Feeding America’s 2020 Map the Meal Gap data, 16.1% of individuals living within Gleaners’ 21 county service area are currently experiencing the harsh realities of food insecurity, otherwise defined as a lack of a reliable source of food to support basic nutrition needs and an overall healthy lifestyle. This equates to nearly 360,000 people, adults and children, living with chronic hunger.
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Rock Ramp



Citizens Energy Group (Citizens) is a utility company serving the residents of Indianapolis and surrounding counties. Citizens supplies water, wastewater, natural gas, chilled water, and steam to more than 800,000 people. The water system serves customers in central Indiana with treated water from ten water treatment plants, four of which are surface water and six are ground water treatment plants. The treatment facilities operated by Citizens have a combined usable capacity of 257 million gallons per day (MGD) during normal, non-drought, conditions and 247.7 MGD during moderate drought conditions. The system contains 32 finished water storage tanks capable of storing a total of 79 MG. Finished water is distributed through nearly 4,420 miles of water mains to approximately 330,000 customers within Central Indiana.
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White River North Expansion



Citizens Energy Group (Citizens) is a utility company serving the residents of Indianapolis and surrounding counties. Citizens supplies water, wastewater, natural gas, chilled water, and steam to more than 800,000 people. The water system serves customers in central Indiana with treated water from ten water treatment plants, four of which are surface water and six are ground water treatment plants. The treatment facilities operated by Citizens have a combined usable capacity of 257 million gallons per day (MGD) during normal, non-drought, conditions and 247.7 MGD during moderate drought conditions. The system contains 32 finished water storage tanks capable of storing a total of 79 MG. Finished water is distributed through nearly 4,420 miles of water mains to approximately 330,000 customers within Central Indiana.
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Casino Lift Station Gary, IN



The Gary Sanitary District is to provide sanitary service to the new Casino while maintaining services to the existing residences. Gary Sanitary District would like to replace the existing 835 gpm lift station with a larger station and force main to service the Casino and any future development.
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