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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:

Second place

Design Competition Senior project Team Rock Rover Design & Development qualified to advance to the international student design competition on November 18, 2009.

ASME Student Design Expositions provide a platform for all engineering students to showcase their innovative design and build projects to a broad audience. Bringing practicing engineers, faculty and students into one venue, this program also provides educational and professional development opportunities for exhibitors as well as spectators. For students, it is an opportunity to demonstrate their products or present their design concepts to potential employers and even investors. For industry leaders, the Expos are like career fairs in reverse; an opportunity to observe the landscape of student design, get to know extraordinary engineering students in the region and see first-hand the innovative ideas and skills students can bring to their companies.

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