P08203: DC Motor Dynamometer

Mission Statement

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Product Description

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.

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.

Key Business Goals

This project should 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 develope has potential to be implimented as a lab into one of the current automotive classes.

Primary Market

Rochester Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Department

Secondary Market

Outside high school teams, competitions held at RIT

Assumptions and Constraints


Rochester Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering Department


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

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