P08203: DC Motor Dynamometer


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Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to develop a scalable motor dynamometer appropriate for use with a DC electric motor. As automotive technology advances, it is likely that hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles will play an increasingly important role in our transportation systems. The Mechanical Engineering Department currently operates an internal combustion engine dynamometer (IC engine dyno), located in the engine test cell within the ME machine shop. This new dynamometer should be scalable (to 1kg and 100kg robotic payload variants), modular in design, open architecture, open source, and fully instrumented for use in a variety of education, research & development, and outreach applications within and beyond the RIT KGCOE.

A critical element of the track is to provide the foundation for the DC dynamometry needs of the ME department and senior design teams at RIT. The dynamometer will be used to help grow RIT's engineering programs and help keep RIT up to date with current growing technologies. The use of the dynamometer developed has potential to be implemented as a lab into one of the current automotive classes.

This is a continuation of a previous project. Students should review what was done in the past and determine to what extent the project will involve modification and/or rebuild. Students will have access to all knowledge gained in the previous design.


Exciting/unique aspects of this project

Administrative Information

Project Name
PO8203:DC Motor Dynamometer
Project Family
P07200 - Modular, Scalable, Open Architecture Robotic Platform
Vehicle Systems Technology Track
Start Term
2007-2 (??)
End Term
2007-3 (??)
Faculty Guide
Dr. Walter
Teaching Assistant
Erin Gillespie
Primary Customer
Dr. Edward Hensel, Mechanical Engineering Department Head
Customer contact information
RIT Mechanical Engineering Office
echeme@rit.edu, (585) 475-5181

Team Documents

This outline for the posting of team created documents follows the general product development process presented in the textbook "Product Design and Development" by Ulrich and Eppinger.

Portions of the team documents have been prepared by a DPM student prior to the launch of this project. This information is intended to help get the team started with a first draft needs assessment and work breakdown structure. The team members can adapt this information as the project progresses.

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Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture

Detail Design

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Robust Design

Design for the Environment and Sustainability

Design for Reliability

Design for Safety

Testing and Refinement


Published Documents

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Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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