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Analysis of NMSU Capabilities relative to ASBC methods of analysis – beer category

Description: Researcher will identify existing capabilities and define needs where capabilities are missing to permit NMSBrew to perform each of the methods of analysis in the American Society of Brewing Chemists beer category. Completion Objectives: For each of the current ASBC methods found in the “beer” category… Identify if resources to perform this method exist…
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Design of Automation for Seidel Brewery

Description: Automation presents great opportunities for improving efficiency and design within the beer industry, even at the micro- or craft scales. Some examples include small-scale, automated grain-transfer systems and automated brew kettles with volume and heat sensors. Innovations for these processes decreases the amount of labor to perform monitoring (watching the kettle) and repeated tasks…
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Identification of ASBC analytical method capabilities across NMSU

Description: Student will become knowledgable of the many methods of analysis maintained by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and determine to what extent NMSU is capable of performing each, including identifying capital resources and expertise needed of those methods for which there is no or partial capability at NMSU. Completion Objectives: A list of…
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Design and Build a Sci-fi Propane Pop Gun for AICHE demos

Description: Design, write an Experimental Safety Plan, build, and operate a device similar to that seen in this video up to the 1:15 time. Completion Objectives: Design a propane pop gun. Prepare the ESP. Build and test the pop gun. Perform with the pop gun at an AICHE outreach event. Faculty Advisor: Rockstraw Required Competencies…
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Rockstraw/Martinez to study 3D-printed mechanoluminescent materials under LANL contract

Undergraduate CHME senior Matthew Martinez will work with Dr. David Rockstraw on a $40,000 contract issued by Los Alamos National Laboratory to study 3D-printed mechanoluminescent materials.  Mechanoluminescence refers to the emission of light resulting from any mechanical action (such as ultrasound) on a solid.. Martinez and Rockstraw will develop a methodology and proof of concept to…
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Salt migration rates in adobe brick exposed to boundary conditions of varying moisture and salinity

Description: Student will design an experimental protocol to measure salt mobility under various boundary conditions established at the block interfaces, then apply test methods developed by Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. and presented at EarthUSA to quantify the location of salts at various time intervals. Student will have access to some of the most knowledgable adobe…
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Mathematical model of salt migration and coving phenomena in an adobe wall

Description: Establish the conservation equations and boundary conditions needed to solve for the transient movement of salts from the soil into an adobe wall upwards from grade.  This project will build on work performed by Dr. Rockstraw with others in Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.  Completion Objectives: The complete set of conservation equations and boundary conditions relevant to…
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Briggs-Rauscher Reaction Outreach ESP and demo completion (1 credit hour CHME 498)

Description: Modify the ESP and successfully demonstrate the Briggs-Rauscher Reaction as an outreach demo for the AICHE student chapter. Objectives and requirements are the same as the project completed by Troy Scuito. Briggs-Rauscher Reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WasYuiOk5xQ https://ncsu.edu/project/chemistrydemos/Kinetics/BriggsRauscher.pdf Completion Objectives: Modify as necessary the ESP for the Briggs-Rauscher Reaction prepared by Troy Scuito (BSCHE 2016). Order all necessary chemicals and…
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CHME unit ops lab microbrew pilot plant construction/start-up/debottlenecking

Description: Students (up to four) will coordinate the installation and start-up of the unit operations lab brewery pilot plant working with department head and other relevant constituents. Completion Objectives: Procure remaining hardware needs Install equipment Prepare ESP for operation Operate equipment per ESP Document entire process including photographs depicting installation progress (such as a time…
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New imaging scintillators for high energy, multi-pulse flash radiography

Description: The Single Crystal Growth Laboratory at LANL has a substantial history of development of new scintillators and development of fabrication technology for different detector geometries and formats. It is in this lab that the student will work in a small team environment to support this project for new imaging scintillators for high energy, multi-pulse…
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