2014
Machinery/Automation/Robotics

Problem 1: Knowledge innovation will be developed and experimented in the areas of light industry. Those areas are currently facing crucial development choices in re-defining their character. Particularly, in the area of cotton processing, different types of cotton ginning machines have not been analyzed concentrating on the quantity of long fibers in the outcome and therefore the cause have not been studied.

Problem 2: Theoretical and experimental researches executed in the Central Asia and Europe explored some ways of substantiating the rational profile of a tooth of gin-saw and its fibre capturing ability. Despite that, until now, optimum parameters of a saw gin which provides high quality ginning without harming the quality of cotton fibre have not been ...

In the recent years, there have been considerable research achievements worldwide by exploring potential applications in hazardous and unmanned environments. The typical applications of climbing robots includes urban search and rescue in civil and military applications, reliable non-destructive evaluation and diagnosis in the nuclear industry, the chemical industry and the power generation industry, welding and manipulation in the construction industry, and cleaning and maintenance for high-rise buildings.

The field of robotics has long looked to nature for inspiration, especially when it comes to figuring out locomotion oven uneven surfaces. The most difficult part to design the robot is do a roll. It turns out that several kinds of critters including a nocturnal Saharan spider, a shrimp-like stomatapod that lives ...

A gasoline or natural gas powered, computer controlled pogo stick, for clearing mine fields. The ground tip of the pogo stick should be of blast absorbing material and easily changed. Thousands of mine fields exist through out the world. The pogo stick receives GPS signals, and relays its exact position to the controlling computer when its stick contacts the ground. The computer then maps the cleared area of the mine field. The easiest way to create such a computer controlled robotic pogo stick is by a contest. Three cash prizes for the three best devices. There are no personnel or facilities problems, or any cost over runs. The devices should be low cost, because many may be destroyed by ...

Every year hundreds of millions of dollars are lost due to human errors in the layout of construction information. When an architect has finished their drawings and they need translated to the freshly poured foundation of a building, it is usually handled by construction workers using tape measures and chalk lines.

The workers identify where key structural elements will be placed based; locations of studs, walls, stairwells, doorways, etc.

Inches matter. Seemingly small errors can turn into gigantic financial and time losses as construction comes to a screeching halt, because a key structural beam was incorrectly placed by 18 inches.

Our team proposes a solution to this problem. Using off the shelf components to create a simple wheeled robot ...

The theory of the continuous power stroke rotary engine, CPSRE, is designed to reduce the loss of energy that occurs while transferring the combustion energy to the output shaft. In CPSRE, the energy produced by combustion is transferred to the rotor which is directly keyed to the output shaft.

The CPSRE has a ratchet like rotor with smooth edges, which is placed inside a circular casing. Spring loaded vanes are placed in radial direction along the casing as shown in figure. The rotor vanes and casing has an oil seal between them, which forms a chamber between each vane, rotor teeth and casing. CPSRE consists of two rotors on either side of the casing and is locked ...

Continuous Deposition Arc Foaming is a Geomimetic 3D Printing process that allows for large-scale production of stochastic foams of a variety of materials including glass, metal, cermet, and fullerenes. Proof-of-Concept has been achieved by nature with fulgurite. Prior art such as Contour Crafting and laser sintering have provided the conceptual and technological foundation for my technology.

Metal foams are produced now but with difficulty and a niche market. 3D printing is innovating at a great rate; the dream of printing buildings however is yet to be achieved with existing technologies. Further, nobody in the industry is thinking about other large-scale products such as airplane fuselages, boat hulls...

The key to my technology is in the design of an extruder/trowel/electrode ...

Imagine a world where everything is produced near the location its used or consumed, long distance freight is rarely needed, and recycling is close to 100%

In our current model these are not realistic assumptions, but with pervasive computing, cheap sensors, and digital design - it is certainly possible.

CubeSpawn aims to create the machines and systems to bring this vision to reality.

While FMS (Flexible Manufacturing Systems) have been around since 1963,
new, cutting edge, open source based control models and smaller, more affordable machines present an opportunity to re-imagine manufacturing at a more personal and community scale.

Opening up numerous possibilities and making substantial contributions to concepts like a resilient grid, full recycling and local production

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The recognition drone for inaccessible areas was designed to help in the maintenance of areas with poor accessibility to humans, reducing the costs and riskiness, making it perfect for maintenance, monitoring and strategic planning operations in hazardous areas. It can reduce the cost and increase the quality of repairs on electrical lines and telecommunications towers or diagnose a fissure or obstruction in a coal mine or at pipes of air-conditioning systems. It can also be used to monitor and study damaged buildings in danger of collapse or fire, in order to find better strategies without risking the lives of firefighters and engineers.

The DRIA is piloted by two technician: a pilot, which will be responsible for controlling the drone ...

The aim of this thesis was to develop a test setup that determines tensile strength of additive manufactured plastic parts under varying climatic conditions. The test setup had to be integrated into a climate chamber with limited dimensions. The shape of the samples was defined by ISO 527-2 and ISO 3167. By dividing the development process into the four phases planning, conception, design and work out, the design method followed the specifications of VDI 2221.

At the beginning of the thesis basic knowledge related to additive manufacturing, tensile testing of plastic materials and mechanical properties of additive manufactured plastic parts was introduced. In the planning phase different construction styles, drives of universal and tensile testing machines and requirements of ...

Fuel cells are the future power sources of automobiles and other electrical appliances. In manufacturing of fuel cell platinum coating is an important process to achieve high efficiency in performance of the fuel cell. This coating process is key in achieving efficient output from fuel cell.

We have designed a completely automatic coating applicator which will replace the existing coating method. The existing coating method is done manually in hand which causes uneven coating of platinum which leads to less efficiency of fuel cell output. The automatic applicator furnishes even coating with less time consumption and less human intervention leading to high efficiency output of coated fuel ...

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