Dear EESL members,
Chris and Ye is on an article in CUNY news wire. They have become
famous stars in CUNY as well as in ASME community. Congratulations,
Chris and Ye.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Material and Energy Recovery Division (MER), selected two City Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology students to receive the prestigious ASME-MER undergraduate research scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Ye Htet Lynn was awarded a $4,000 scholarship and Christopher Amoroso was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Lynn and Amoroso conducted research on how to convert waste to energy with City Tech Professor Masato Nakamura, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, in his Energy and Environmental Simulation Lab (EESL). The result of their research was a design for a combustion chamber used in waste-to-energy (WTE) power plants.

Usually garbage in New York City is recycled, but unrecyclable waste is burned in order to recover energy, to reduce solid waste size for saving a landfill space, and to maintain a good sanitation level. Tackling real-world engineering challenges, Lynn and Amoroso analyzed size segregation of municipal solid waste on a moving grate in a combustion chamber. They built a physical model of a combustion chamber, which calculates how solid wastes travel during combustion processes in a simulation model developed by Professor Nakamura.

This new design of a combustion chamber will reduce the costs of construction, operation, and maintenance of WTE power plants. Due to its simple structure and low cost, combustion chamber can be used in developing countries.


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