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Senior Projects 2009-2010

Team DRIVE
Members of Team DRIVE

Coupling Device for American Axle
Team Dynamic Response Integration for Vehicle Engineering is upgrading a test stand that validates the vibration performance of drivetrains. There are two mechanical engineering and two manufacturing engineering technology majors on the team.

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Team DRIVE

Dynamic Response Integration for Vehicle Engineering

Members:

  • Chris Bach, ME
  • Greg Elsaesser, MfgET
  • Ian Moore, ME
  • Luke Quinn, MfgET

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. Robert Hildebrand

Company:

  • American Axle, Detoit, Mich.

Industrial Contacts:

  • Mr. Bill Braun
  • Mr. Giovanni Rinaldi

The purpose of this project was to design and develop a coupling device for use in noise, vibrations and harshness testing of drivetrains between a dynamometer motor and vehicle driveline. The system was designed to work with speeds up to 5000 RPM and torques up to 600 Nm. The coupler allows for adjustment of the apparent mass and the stiffness of the system. The project was sponsored by American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) with Giovanni Rinaldi and Glen Steyer coordinating design requirements and specifications. Bill Braun joined the project during the winter. Lake Superior State University is also a stakeholder.

Major goals of the project included developing internal noise and mechanical performance specifications for the coupling device, such as tunable ranges of stiffness and inertia, and any balancing, alignment, torque and speed requirements. Multiple designs were developed and the most suitable was selected after a review with the AAM staff. Detailed design and analysis was performed leading to fabrication, installation and performance validation. The upgraded test stand permits the realistic testing and validation of the tested drivetrains in the absence of the rest of the vehichle machinery.

Links to the 2009-2010 Senior Project Teams:

Turning reed canary grass into fuel

Justin Wilson

The multi-phase project, led by biology department head Gregory Zimmerman Ph.D. with help from Justin Wilson, the project's student volunteer, is studying the potential of reed canary grass pellets as an environmentally friendly and economical heating fuel, as well as a possible economic stimulant for the Eastern Upper Peninsula. [ more ]

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