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  • 2015

Tropical Constructed Wetland for Stormwater and Wastewater Treatment

Author: Georges Bellangue
Abstract:

Even though wetlands have been used for wastewater treatment in Europe since 1950, according to Kadlec and Knight (1966), their usage in tropical climates has not been adopted, even though they are a low cost, low energy and low maintenance technology to treat wastewater and stormwater.

The design of this paper will analyze the pollutants present in the stormwater and determine the composition of the wastewater. It will also describe the treatment process in wetlands and will focus on hydrologic and hydraulic analysis to determine the appropriate flow rate in the wetland, the appropriate water depth, and the best residence time that will produce water that meets the quality for human consumption. It will also provide the financial cost of the project and highlight some of the concerns that can occur after the construction and how the wetland can be maintained to perform adequately.

  • 2015

Power in Afghanistan

Author: Charles Briseno
Abstract:

This capstone will be a case study on the effects of the construction and utilization of the Kabul, Aybak, Mazar-e-Sharif Power Project. The capstone will focus on project management, contracting, and finance. There are some objectives to be met for this capstone to be successful.

  • 2015

Design of Foundations for Wind Turbines

Author: Cesar Chirinos-Garcia
Abstract:

The design of foundations for wind turbine presents, among other challenges, an associated risk due to soil variability. In order to deal with this variable, a Front End Loading (FEL) methodology, which consists in applying the great majority of resources to the beginning stages of a project in contrast to later stages, was combined with a 10-step design process to obtain optimized results. This methodology is akin to reliability design, which uses statistical methods to approach variability in the design of different types of civil works (Houlihan, Lazarte, Espinoza, Germain, & Li, 2010). In parallel, the project includes a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis to choose the appropriate design type given the site geotechnical conditions, as well as the use of numerical Finite Element (FE) methods to evaluate different scenarios within the same design concept. The analysis produced optimal design parameters for the foundation of a wind turbine supported by predominantly cohesive soils.

  • 2015

The Military Business in Africa

Author: Joel Jones
Abstract:

In this paper I will discuss the economic impact of the military presence in the African country of Djibouti. I will discuss the history of Djibouti and how foreign military presence has rapidly grown and impacted the country’s economy, while also examining how political corruption and poor government leadership have marred the Djibouti economy.

  • 2015

Cultural Competency in the Healthcare Industry

Author: Velvet Yusko
Abstract:

Understanding and implementing cultural competency in healthcare is an important tool in the fair treatment of all individuals. This paper focuses on the treatment of all individuals, particularly the Caucasian and Latino populations. It also explores the theories of high and low context as presented by Edward T. Hall. Understanding one’s context helps one understand why an individual acts the way they do, and understand the compliance rates of patients. This paper proposes ideas on how to obtain cultural competency through education, diversity training, mentoring, working together with open communication, and how to avoid assumptions and pre-conceived ideas.

  • 2015

Typical Structural design for 5 identical seven story height airport parking garages (post tensioned slab and beams, AASHTO girder ramps) interconnected every other floor by Ramps

Author: Mohammed Kibria
Abstract:

The efficient integration of structure is crucial to maximum functioning of the facility specifically how to fit the greatest number of vehicles into the smallest space with life safety, zoning and building code compliance. Big spans of beam, girder and slabs with high density of live load and dead loads are the biggest concern for the structural design challenge. Critical Post tensioned slabs, beams, girders and pre-stress AASHTO girder ramps are brought into main focus of interest. Functional design, structural integration, traffic engineering, structural concepts, traffic load consideration, behavior of materials and applicable code consideration are being taken into considerable account in conjunction with this project.

  • 2015

The 1979 Islamic Revolution and its Threats to Economic Security

Author: William Hevener
Abstract:

This paper addresses the rise of the welfare state in the Islamic Republic of Iran and its growing threat to economic security. The paper shows that the political economy of the Islamic regime is driving decisions predicated on the protection and longevity of the regime rather than the growth and economic security of the nation. This paper also shows that the Islamic Republic has the potential for substantial economic growth if it is able to retract from its subversive foreign policy agenda in the Middle East; reduce welfare programs in favor of financial independence; move toward economic liberalism; deregulate domestic industry; and increase human rights practices.

  • 2015

Design of a Recreational Fishing Pier

Author: Matthew Teeden
Abstract:

This project focused on the design of a recreational fishing platform located at the site of the “old” Jamestown Bridge in North Kingstown, Rhode Island on the western passage of Narragansett Bay. After being replaced in 1992, the bridge was left in place until it was demolished between 2006 and 2010. During this time, the bridge was a popular spot for local fishermen. This project included the structural design of a new pier at this location to serve as a safe place for public gathering to access and enjoy the waterfront. The design includes driven steel pipe piles supporting concrete pile caps, prestressed deck planks, and a cast-in-place concrete deck surface. The pier was designed in accordance with industry standard guidelines using both FEM modeling software and hand calculations. The design schedule and work hours were tracked throughout the project to ensure the project scope and budget were met, finishing with a final Cost Performance Index (CPI) of 1.25. Additionally, the pier was designed with consideration to sustainable practices and meets the requirements for the ISI Envision™ Gold Rating.