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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.

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