About S2PAfrica

S2PAFRICA VIRTUAL LABORATORY

Theory to design; connecting the dots

Welcome to a unique online ecosystem created for engineering students to transform complex theories and concepts into virtual product models with the overall goal of building engineering prototypes that solve every-day African problems and serve as teaching aids in engineering education.

3D solid modeling makes it possible to create models that can not only be tested for engineering quality but also used to demonstrate the working of machines and equipment in ways that may not even be possible in areal laboratory. This involves a combination of modeling, design, simulation, and prototyping drive to include software development.

Our Virtual laboratory is the new vehicle for engineering knowledge delivery in its most effective form.

 

How it works

Students enrolled in the S2PAfrica Initiative Internship Program are tasked with several engineering design projects that form the central theme of the virtual laboratories, with Instruction from the program Faculty.

To get accepted into our Internship Program, students must have gained some expertise in these 4 subjects;

  • Solid modeling graphics
  • Tensor algebra and calculus
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Python for API Modelling and Design (+ symbolic algebra Mathematica coding software package)

The Interns are encouraged to master the use of Autodesk Fusion 360 for 3D modeling, using its Application Programmer Interface and are expected to carry out projects using the Autodesk CFD package. With these tools, they can create complex product designs in an optimal virtual space, examine performance, and build models that can be tested by changing several parameters to determine what geometric properties influence performance.

These projects are also prepared as critical teaching resources both within and outside the classroom.

The virtual laboratories provide design flexibility, minimize design errors, cut out manual drudgery and ultimately produce young engineers who are masters of product creation and are adequately prepared to serve competently and compete favorably in industry.

Components of the Virtual laboratory

Autodesk Fusion 360 software

Autodesk CFD and 3D Printers

Meet our Interns

We are currently working with 4 bright young minds who are taking on several impressive projects for the virtual laboratory. Their work is an eloquent demonstration of what students can accomplish even before they reach their capstone year of study.

More about our Interns

Our Projects

Our projects are focused primarily on the areas of turbo machinery and energy-efficient devices, partly based on the classroom instruction we have provided on the combination of scenario automation and Computational Fluid Mechanics simulation.

Our interns have completed 9 projects so far within these engineering fields. 

  • Parametric Design and Optimization of a Fan Impeller: This project aims to create a fan design that can compete with existing fan designs in the market and the objectives are (a) Create a parametric 3Dmodel of the existing fans in the market (b) Carry out simulations to compare the existing models (c) Create a new fan model and (d) Optimize geometry and material in the new fan model.
  • Thermal Performance of a Finn Heat Sink: This project aims to simulate heat transfer through a finned heat sink using Autodesk Fusion 360 in-built electronic simulation package and the objectives are (a) Design a circuit board using Autodesk Fusion 360 (b) Simulate the effect of fin geometry on heat transfer and fluid flow (c) Compare results obtained from the Fusion 360 with results from Autodesk CFD
  • Parametric Design of a Car Radiator: This project aims to create an optimal design for a car radiator and the objectives are (a) To create a parametric design of a car radiator (b) To create the radiator with different tube profiles (c) To carry out simulations using Autodesk CFD to obtain an optimized design
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of Turbine Blades: This project aims to create virtual laboratories (an example of are action turbine) to train and educate engineering students while the objectives are (a) To design a parametric turbine blade using Autodesk Fusion360 API (b) To carry out simulations to observe the effect of some design parameters on fluid flow using Autodesk CFD software (c) To optimize blade geometry and (d) To determine the most efficient blade geometry
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of a Centrifugal Pump: The aim of this project is to determine the optimal blade geometry for a centrifugal pump using Autodesk Fusion 360 and CFD packages. During this project, 3D models of the pump impeller and volute were generated, simulation was carried out for different impeller geometries and an optimized design chosen
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT): The aim of this project is to tackle the issue of damage of turbine blades caused by high wind loads and the objectives are (a) study the reasons for the failure of VAWT blades (b) come up with innovative ideas to mitigate this failure and (c) carry out simulations to verify whether these ideas would work.
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT): This project aims to design an efficient turbine for power generation in Nigeria and the objectives are (a) create parametric models of a Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine using the Fusion 360 API and (b) carry out simulations and optimization of geometric parameters using CFD.
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of an Exhaust Manifold: The project aims to create virtual laboratories using software to enhance engineering education and the objectives are (a) to create a parametric3D model of an exhaust manifold (b) create a parametric 3D model of a header(c) carry out simulations, to compare both models and (d) optimize design parameters to select optimal geometry
  • Parametric Design and Simulation of a Yam Pounder Rotor: The project aims to create virtual laboratories using software to enhance engineering education and the objectives are (a) create a parametric 3Dmodel of a yam pounder rotor (b) simulate and optimize the yam pounder rotor and (c) 3D print the rotor for testing

About the AUTHOR

Science to Product Africa Initiative (S2PAfrica) is in the business of transforming and shaping lives. We are engaged in finding holistic solutions to the educational challenges of pre-industrial communities in Africa.

Thank you!

Big thanks to all our attendees, competitors,  judges, corporate and individual sponsors for making the first S2P Engineering Design Competition a success.

Huge congratulations to our 10 finalists and to team  Koye Hydro who emerged ahead of over 40 teams as the Winner of the S2PAfrica EDC 2022, taking home $10,000 IDRC grand prize and $2000 from Cummins West Africa, to fund the development of their project as well as teams KeyTrick and Improved Charcoal Stove came in second and third respectively.

A new bar has been set and we can’t wait for EDC 2023.