Reduction of rotating imbalance measurement variation resulting from test apparatus redesign

Shannon K. Sweeney, Kenneth J. Fisher

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Abstract

A case study is presented describing an undergraduate MET capstone design project aimed at reducing the measurement variation of rotating imbalance during the testing of vehicular powertrain products. Primary focus involved the redesign of the rotor assembly interfacing the balance machine and the product. The project entailed the implementation of innovative statistical methods discovered during the ongoing applied research activities of the faculty advisor. These methods were conveyed to the students who were charged with their application during the project. Tasks assigned to the students included the evaluation of existing measurement variation, identification of sources of measurement variation, redesign of the test apparatus to reduce the sources of variation, and quantification of the impact of redesign on measurement variation. The redesign of the rotor assembly and the marked reduction in measurement variation resulting from the design changes are described within the paper. The case study provides an example of the successful integration of technology development derived during the advising faculty's innovative applied research with technology application by students during a successful undergraduate capstone student design experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovations in Engineering Education 2005
Subtitle of host publicationMechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Pages427-434
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0791842320, 9780791842324
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameInnovations in Engineering Education 2005: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads
Volume2005

Other

Other2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period11/5/0511/11/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Sweeney, S. K., & Fisher, K. J. (2005). Reduction of rotating imbalance measurement variation resulting from test apparatus redesign. In Innovations in Engineering Education 2005: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads (pp. 427-434). (Innovations in Engineering Education 2005: Mechanical Engineering Education, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Heads; Vol. 2005). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/imece2005-79317