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Design of Controller and Data Acquisition System for a Gear Dynamometer

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Anne Marie Moellenberndt, Tasia Rowlands, Toha Masha, Dean H. Kim, Martin J. Morris

Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Paper No. IMECE2002-32072, pp. 1001-1005; 5 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3629-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper describes the development of a controller and data acquisition system for a gear dynamometer that will monitor and control the motor speed and dynamometer torque. This project work is motivated by the lack of adequate design information describing the low-cycle, mechanical performance of plastic gears, despite the increasing usage of plastic gears. This is in contrast to the abundant amount of information available for metal gears. The control system for the test apparatus has numerous additional features which facilitate the gathering of information about the performance of plastic gears. This work has been performed by an undergraduate team for the two-semester capstone design course for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Bradley University. This project incorporates many aspects of a mechanical engineer’s education such as system design, sensor selection, and software mastery. This project also connects the specialty areas of material science, instrumentation, measurement, data acquisition, and design of experiments.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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