Event Title

Design of a Pilot Tube Dispensing Mechanism

Location

CSU 255

Start Date

20-4-2015 2:10 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 3:10 PM

Student's Major

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Sungwon Kim

Mentor's Email Address

sungwon.kim@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

The Mechanical Engineering senior design project is a partnership between the university and industry to give students an opportunity to use their new engineering skills. A company from industry presents the university with a problem they have that requires engineering work, and the university assigns a group of Mechanical Engineering seniors to solve the problem. For this senior design project a group of four seniors was assembled to solve a problem faced by the company Akkerman Inc. Akkerman is a company that manufactures pipe jacking equipment for the trenchless pipe installation industry. The goal of this project is to streamline the pilot tube installation process by implementing a pilot tube dispensing and storage mechanism. This design should decrease the amount of human effort and total pilot tube installation time in the pilot tube installation process. The design needs to be as safe, or safer, than the current installation method used. To design the mechanism key problems and design constraints were identified, then design ideas were generated. From the many design ideas that were generated, three design concepts were picked to be developed and looked into further. One concept was selected via the use of a decision matrix. With the selected design finite element analysis was conducted on the design for material selection. The design was then finalized, and from it engineering drawings and manufacturing procedures were developed. After the initial prototype is made, it will then be tested to determine if the design met the needs of industry.

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Design of a Pilot Tube Dispensing Mechanism

CSU 255

The Mechanical Engineering senior design project is a partnership between the university and industry to give students an opportunity to use their new engineering skills. A company from industry presents the university with a problem they have that requires engineering work, and the university assigns a group of Mechanical Engineering seniors to solve the problem. For this senior design project a group of four seniors was assembled to solve a problem faced by the company Akkerman Inc. Akkerman is a company that manufactures pipe jacking equipment for the trenchless pipe installation industry. The goal of this project is to streamline the pilot tube installation process by implementing a pilot tube dispensing and storage mechanism. This design should decrease the amount of human effort and total pilot tube installation time in the pilot tube installation process. The design needs to be as safe, or safer, than the current installation method used. To design the mechanism key problems and design constraints were identified, then design ideas were generated. From the many design ideas that were generated, three design concepts were picked to be developed and looked into further. One concept was selected via the use of a decision matrix. With the selected design finite element analysis was conducted on the design for material selection. The design was then finalized, and from it engineering drawings and manufacturing procedures were developed. After the initial prototype is made, it will then be tested to determine if the design met the needs of industry.

Recommended Citation

Peter, Lucas; Mark Dolenc; Joshua Haukom; and Sidi Bah. "Design of a Pilot Tube Dispensing Mechanism." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_12/4