Senior Projects 2013-2014
Team ABI: Automated Braking Innovations
- Riley Lytwynec, CpE
- Ben Newland, ME
- Danial Rutkowski, EE
- Nick Sadro, EE
- Prof. Dave McDonald
- Mr. David Leach
- Continental, Auburn Hills, MI
- 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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