The sponsor of this project was looking for a cost effective way to detect long-term electrical faults in motor control center buckets. Before an electrical fault occurs, the component will generate a steadily increasing source of heat over time. A team of electrical engineering majors designed the Thermal Monitoring System to act as a failure recognition mechanism to detect this change in temperature using an array of thermal sensors within the cabinet.

The data from these sensors is compared against trouble condition thresholds and presented via a graphical interface. The system allows plant operators to remotely monitor for electrical faults in motor control centers and enables them to recognize possible failures before they occur.

Team Members: Jacob Jungbluth, Sam Matthies, Jacob Sheahan and Tony Slomczewski

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Owe Petersen

Sponsor: Rockwell Automation

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