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Senior Projects 2013-2014

Team ABI and braking device

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Team ABI: Automated Braking Innovations

Members:

  • Riley Lytwynec, CpE
  • Ben Newland, ME
  • Danial Rutkowski, EE
  • Nick Sadro, EE

Faculty Advisors:

  • Prof. Dave McDonald
  • Mr. David Leach

Company:

  • Continental, Auburn Hills, MI

Industrial Customers:

  • Travis Smith
  • Dam Goodrich

Project Description: Team Automated Braking Innovations (ABI) is tasked with the design and construction of an automated brake applier. This brake applier will be implemented on the hardware-in-loop (HIL) brake testing system at Continental Automotive, a world leading original equipment manufacturer in the automotive industry. Team ABI will be responsible for developing both an actuator system to depress the brake pedal and a control system to ensure that the force is accurately and safely applied.

Currently, Continental Automotive test engineers manually operate the HIL system as a driver would operate a car. However, standardized tests are difficult for a human tester to recreate, as the tester lacks precision and accuracy of a mechanical system. By implementing the automated brake applier, the brake pedal can be applied based on previous test data or standardized test parameters.
ABI faces the challenge of developing a mount for the actuator system such that it can be adjusted for a wide variety of brake pedal systems. The mount and actuator system will have to compensate for varying pedal positions and arc shapes.

Links to the 2013-14 Senior Project Teams:

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: A compara- tive Study between Spatter for Human and Porcine Blood

Jessica Beaudry

The forensic investigation of violent crimes and deaths lead to one of the most significant and frequently encountered types of physical evidence, blood. From the early discoveries and advances in technology, the field of forensics continues to grow, especially in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA). It is necessary to devise experiments or controlled reproductions to continue the expansion of the BPA field. Human blood can be extremely dangerous due to infectious diseases. There are a few safer alternatives to using human blood and they include using spatter training blood and porcine blood. This study focuses on the comparison between human, porcine, Evident, and Sirchie spatter training blood. The data strongly indicates that while porcine blood is comparable to human blood, Evident and Sirchie spatter training blood is not.

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