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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2012-2013

Team SVT

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Team SVT pictured from left: Faculty Advisor Prof. David McDonald; Dean Dr. David R. Finley, P.E.; Christopher Dalpra, MfgET; Dennis Ross, ME; Kirk Harris, EE; Tara Bioty, ME

Team SVT: Superior Vehicle Testing

Members:

  • Tara Bioty, ME
  • Christopher Dalpra, MfgET
  • Kirk Harris, EE
  • Dennis Ross, ME

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • LSSU Engineering

Industrial Contact:

  • Dr. Robert Hildebrand

Project Description: Vehicle Dynamometer Testing Systems

Vehicle Dynamometer Testing Systems are widely used in the design, building, and manufacture of all type of vehicles. Team SVT designed, and built a small scale, bench-top dynamometer system for use in LSSU's vehicle systems courses. The system operates in a similar manor as a full scale dynamometer, including torque and speed control and measurement via a computer-based data acquisition system.

Team SVT also made significant safety and functionality upgrades to the LSSU chassis dynamometer system. The upgrades focused on the redesign and implementation of several safety systems as well as significant upgrades to the real-time instrumentation, data-acquisition, and data analysis features

Team SVT with Contental Dynamometer device

bench-top dynamometer

Team SVT (left) stands with the bench-top dynamometer (seen above) and the vehicle loaned by Continental Automotive for testing on the full-sized dynamometer.

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