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Senior Projects

Linear Actuator

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Luke Woolley, an ME and robotics minor graduate, explains the Mobile Robot Manipulator, a senior project sponsored by National Instruments. The students designed a manipulator for the DaNI robot by using LabVIEW. This gave the robot an additional degree of freedom to accomplish complicated tasks. The students demonstrated these capabilities with a line following and sorting task.

This project consists of designing and building a linear actuator system with position, velocity and force control. The ultimate goal of the system is to be implemented in humanoid robotics, imitating a muscle by using linear displacement to create rotational motion about a fixed point. However, that end goal is still far off, and initially the system will be used in the industrial field. The project can be broken down into several sub-systems, including the mechanical apparatus, sensors and feedback, control system, and electric hardware. The solution needs to be elegant, not requiring much space or power, but must still be well controlled and robust. The project is using a pneumatic cylinder for the linear actuator, controlled by a PIC 18f4550 chip through a proportional valve.

Sponsor: Christopher Quick,
Team: Nathan Jackson, Richard Chelminski, Matthew Behling


Electrophoresis Machine Graphical User Interface

This project is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that interfaces with Beckman Coulter's PA 800+ Electrophoresis Machine. The project will allow field technicians to complete qualification and calibration tasks outlined in the OQ3 Procedures Manual. The GUI will decrease the time required to perform the functions, specifically calibration and alignment of the buffer and sample trays, rails, and cartridges. 

Sponsor: Josh Zarecky, Beckman Coulter,
Team: Jasmine Browne, Dominic Gates, Alexander Gumz, Tim Wentz


Automated Flight and Travel System for Hatfield Hall

Hatfield Hall Automated Flight and Travel System 250pxFlying is one of the hardest illusions to pull off on stage. It requires heavy lifting, smooth operation and dangerous heights. Rose-Hulman's performing arts center, Hatfield Hall, has conquered this illusion. They utilize a rail-and-pulley system to move a variety of loads in both the X and Z axes, where X is lateral position across the stage, Y is stage depth, and Z is height off of the stage. The locomotion of the flight system depends primarily on manually pulled cables. Greg Stump, the Technical Director of Hatfield Hall, would like to have the assembly automated. The system must seamlessly emulate a human powered system, being able to accelerate loads of 500lbs to 2ft/s, while being controlled by an easy-to-use software package.

Sponsor: Greg Stump, Hatfield Hall,
Team: Zachary Hawkins, Jon Nibert, Derik Sikes