Aeronautical Engineering Technology (AET) students from the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) have continued the great major’s success in student competitions, when they participated in the HCT Senior Engineering design projects competition on April 30, 2018.
A methane gas-sensing ‘quadcopter’, developed by five AAW AET students, has taken out the first prize in the competition, held at the HCT-Abu Dhabi Women’s campus.
The project, entitled “Quadcopter for Methane Sensing”, was the brainchild of senior AAW AET students Aysha Alshamsi, Raya Alshamsi, Hanifeh Javshiri, Sareh Nosrati and Al Zaina Rujaibi under the mentorship of Dr. Utsav KC.
The competition featured graduating projects of the Engineering Technology Science (ETS) majors from the Aeronautical, Aviation, Civil, Chemical, Logistics and industrial disciplines. The entries were evaluated and judged by a panel of industry experts, who commended the students on the high-quality of entries.
The winning AAW students integrated the power, control, and communication and propulsion systems of the quadcopter on a carbon-fiber airframe. Each system was built by assembling its individual electronic components. The methane sensor was developed separately and later combined with the quadcopter.
The students explained that the quadcopter is piloted using a radio controller and the onboard light emitting diode glows to indicate the detection of gas. As part of their entry the students showed a recorded video of the test flights, presented a poster and interacted with the stakeholders of the various engineering programs.
The ecstatic winners said that because of its methane sensing capability, the quadcopter has potential to detect natural gas leakage and monitor atmospheric methane, which is a green-house gas.