Project Examples

Water Tower Analysis; Water Tank Design and Analysis for Yanacaca, Peru; Hydro-Lock Automation Stress Analysis Project; Motorcycle Ambulance Trailer Analysis; Gym Running Mat Roller

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Instructor: Christopher Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, National Park Service; UMass Lowell Athletics Dept.

Project Descriptions: 1. Water Tower Analysis; 2. Water Tank Design and Analysis for Yanacaca, Peru; 3. Hydro-Lock Automation Stress Analysis Project; 4. Motorcycle Ambulance Trailer Analysis; 5. Gym Running Mat Roller. For all of the S-L projects the students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization listed above. The S-L projects were reported to have engaged students’ interests and enthusiasm. The S-L projects also provided student motivation for working on the assignments. The S-L projects also provided the professor with creative problems that needed solving, versus just a classroom exercise.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project were for students to:

  • Calculate the load and stress/strain in mechanical components
  • Create and evaluate designs of machine parts.
  • Justify the selection of machine elements and make recommendations
  • Model and analyze the design of machine elements