Title

Beverage Can Ventilation Punch

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

A robust tool was designed with the primary function of puncturing an air-vent in a beverage can in order to preserve the carbonation of the beverage when poured, thereby retaining desired characteristics of the beverage. As validated by preliminary testing, carbonation is excited by the turbulent nature of flow from the orifice of a can when poured. The turbulence is due to air entering the can through the same opening as the fluid leaves. A vent can be cut into the can in order to address this problem, by allowing air to enter through the vent and fluid to pour from the separate perforated opening. The resulting flow from the can is laminar which preserves carbonation in the beverage. The final design met and surpassed the original objectives, including the design of a safe pocket-carry with a folding blade. The design was optimized for manufacturing and includes secondary functions including a metric wrench, a bottle opener, and a key-hook.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

2-5-2015 4:30 PM

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Beverage Can Ventilation Punch

School of Engineering & Computer Science

A robust tool was designed with the primary function of puncturing an air-vent in a beverage can in order to preserve the carbonation of the beverage when poured, thereby retaining desired characteristics of the beverage. As validated by preliminary testing, carbonation is excited by the turbulent nature of flow from the orifice of a can when poured. The turbulence is due to air entering the can through the same opening as the fluid leaves. A vent can be cut into the can in order to address this problem, by allowing air to enter through the vent and fluid to pour from the separate perforated opening. The resulting flow from the can is laminar which preserves carbonation in the beverage. The final design met and surpassed the original objectives, including the design of a safe pocket-carry with a folding blade. The design was optimized for manufacturing and includes secondary functions including a metric wrench, a bottle opener, and a key-hook.