NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
January 16 – May 4, 2018
Goals of your project/s
The goal of all the projects is to expose the intern to the four main phases in a production line. From drawing board basic CAD model design. To intricate detailed analysis of the model. The manufacturing and assembly of a test article. The testing and evaluation to verify the product’s effectiveness at meeting the set requirements.
Describe what you did during the internship
I assisted with the design of an eccentric fuel feed ball valve system. I placed an emphasis on learning Python in order to assist with the detailed analysis of a proof of concept low leakage system. Attending a meeting between the manufacturing company and design engineers in order to evaluate CAD drawings and ensure the product can be made. Tested the magnetically damped check valve which was a great success and currently typing up the test report with the acquired data. Supported the testing of the Foreign Object Debris tolerant valve by providing an excel sheet calculating the total vacuum volume of the test rig, with an extra calculator which gives the user the ability to only see how much vacuum is in a section of the test rig. Design and manufactured a Foreign Object Debris dumper to assist with dumping dust into the system testing the valve. Designed a pneumatic actuator which will be replacing a hydraulic actuator activated valve.
Did you achieve your goals? What were the results and conclusions?
The goals were all achieved thanks to the help of many of the engineers and technicians who took the time to answer any questions we may have. The magnetically damped check valve’s testing was a complete success and the mentor is in the process of patenting the technology. The FOD tolerant valve succeeded in performing what it was designed for thanks to the intern designed dumper that my partner and I provided. A plastic model of the designed eccentric ball valve was printed and will undergo water flow testing to verify it works. A CAD design of the pneumatic actuator was completed and the coming interns will carry the design forward through the next steps.
Describe positive lessons learned from the experience
This experience helped me see what happens behind the scenes when a project lead gives his/her team a project to complete. It built my communication, planning and evaluation skills when making crucial decisions on a design or test results. Gave me hands on work that my university major would not be able to provide.
built my communication, planning and evaluation skills when making crucial decisions on a design or test results. Gave me hands on work that my university major would not be able to provide.
Describe negative lessons learned from this experience
Don’t depend on your university education to give you the knowledge necessary to function as part of a team. There were a lot of times during this internship that I would hit a brick wall solely for the fact that my major did not expose me to certain topics of way of thinking which required me to perform extra research and push back some deadlines in order to achieve the task at hand.