Event Title

Rosenbauer Commander 4X4

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

9-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2012 11:30 AM

Student's Major

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Bruce Jones

Mentor's Department

Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

Rosenbauer, an international fire equipment manufacturer recently developed a new chassis for the North and South American market. As an intern at Rosenbauer I was granted the opportunity to develop the four wheel drive system for the new chassis. Fires and emergencies happen in all sorts of weather, and trucks need to be able to respond during inclement winter conditions. The biggest challenge with converting a fire truck to four wheel drive is the overall height of the truck, so the requirement was set to develop a four wheel drive option that keeps the overall height of the truck under 10ft. This will allow ample clearance into older fire stations with shorter doors. To develop the four wheel drive system, research was done on competitor’s current options to establish what the team needed to do to create a competitive product. After the required specifications for components were identified, the team worked with application engineers at the component suppliers to identify parts that would work for our application. From this, bills of material and drawings were created to fully specify needed parts and costs for the four wheel drive option. The purpose of this project is to create the initial design, and a working prototype will not be built for at least a year. The result of this project was a low-profile four wheel drive chassis with an overall height of under 10ft. This chassis will be ideal for smaller pumpers and rescue trucks, as there are weight limitations when using a front drive axle. By completing this project, the team opened up Rosenbauer to a whole new line of customers that they could not previously serve without the option for 4-wheel drive.

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Rosenbauer Commander 4X4

CSU Ballroom

Rosenbauer, an international fire equipment manufacturer recently developed a new chassis for the North and South American market. As an intern at Rosenbauer I was granted the opportunity to develop the four wheel drive system for the new chassis. Fires and emergencies happen in all sorts of weather, and trucks need to be able to respond during inclement winter conditions. The biggest challenge with converting a fire truck to four wheel drive is the overall height of the truck, so the requirement was set to develop a four wheel drive option that keeps the overall height of the truck under 10ft. This will allow ample clearance into older fire stations with shorter doors. To develop the four wheel drive system, research was done on competitor’s current options to establish what the team needed to do to create a competitive product. After the required specifications for components were identified, the team worked with application engineers at the component suppliers to identify parts that would work for our application. From this, bills of material and drawings were created to fully specify needed parts and costs for the four wheel drive option. The purpose of this project is to create the initial design, and a working prototype will not be built for at least a year. The result of this project was a low-profile four wheel drive chassis with an overall height of under 10ft. This chassis will be ideal for smaller pumpers and rescue trucks, as there are weight limitations when using a front drive axle. By completing this project, the team opened up Rosenbauer to a whole new line of customers that they could not previously serve without the option for 4-wheel drive.

Recommended Citation

Boyer, Daniel. "Rosenbauer Commander 4X4." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/poster-session-A/3