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Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space

Description: Payloads to Space (PTS) is collaboration between New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) to provide hands-on, cohort-centric STEM undergraduate research opportunities to students in their respective states. The program is designed to provide a common focus on retaining freshmen and sophomore STEM students through a combination of classroom…
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Resources for Brewery Engineering Education in New Mexico

Description: Development of the Brewery Engineering program at NMSU will require identification and compilation of educational resources. Those resources include notes and course materials from formal classroom courses on brewing, professional and industry organizations, conferences and events, small and large businesses, and individuals willing to serve in advisory roles. Completion Objectives: • Digitize and organize…
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Gibbs Ensemble Computer Simulations of Vapor Liquid Equilibrium of Hydrazine

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant; other uses include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing, production of plastics and in the removal of halogens from wastewater. Molecular modeling of hydrazine can be a safe and…
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Gibbs Ensemble Computer Simulations of Vapor Liquid Equilibrium of Hydrazine

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant; other uses include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing, production of plastics and in the removal of halogens from wastewater. Molecular modeling of hydrazine can be a safe and…
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Production and Characterization of Biochars From Excelsior Wastes

Description: Excelsior is long fibers produced from shaving of biomass and is often used for erosion control. Wastes from excelsior production have potential for bioenergy and biochar production. With a commercial collaborator, biochars will be made from excelsior process residues and evaluated for their potential for use on alkaline soils. Completion Objectives: Coordinate with commercial…
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Measurement of Soil Water Retention Characteristics of Amended Soils

Description: In desert environments, any improvement to soil water availability for crops can greatly affect the feasibility and effectiveness of irrigation systems. A variety of soil amendments, such as biochar and compost, can be used to improve soil properties. The purpose of this project is to quantify the potential improvements to agricultural soils. Completion Objectives:…
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Design of Water Desalination System for Pistachio Farm

Description: A pistachio farm near Alamogordo, NM has experienced decreased growth and yields due to high salinity irrigation water. Desalination is a potential solution but more information is needed about the system requirements to select and evaluate a water treatment system. Completion Objectives: Interview farm owner and compile known system requirements. Collect and analyze soil…
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Experimental Demonstration of the Viability of Flow Boiling in a Variable Gravity Environment

Description: Many space-/air-craft electronics require cooling and flow boiling is considered by the scientific community as a potential option for this application. However, the viability of flow boiling in variable gravity environments is not well established. In this project, undergraduate students will build a flow boiling loop and launch it in a variable gravity rocket….
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Developing Liquid Scintillation Counting Method for Quantification of NDMA at Ultra-Low Concentrations

Description: As part of the ongoing project with NASA White Sands Test Facility on removal of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) from groundwater, this project focuses on the development on a new analytical method to measure the NDMA at the part per trillion levels needed for this scenario. By using 14C-labeled NDMA in synthesized solutions, on-campus and timely…
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Reducing Sulfuric Acid in Gases from Anaerobic Digestion

Description: Dairy manure can be used to produce electricity through anaerobic digestion of wet manure/manure liquids followed by combustion of the biogas. One major challenge to producing electricity for dairies in certain regions is the corrosion of electrical motors by the sulfuric acid gases in the biogas due. Several sulfuric acid mitigation technologies exist and…
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