P15661: Friction Tester - Reciprocation

Problem Definition

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Project Summary

A friction tester is necessary for the research of wear and friction characteristics of various materials and the effect of lubricants. The test system is composed of a reciprocation system and an armature.

The goal of this project is to design and create a functioning reciprocation system for a friction tester. The reciprocation system must secure and heat a material specimen while linearly reciprocating and recording temperature. There will also need to be a point of interface for the armature as well as a data acquisition system. The reciprocation system dimensions must not exceed 4'x6'. The completed friction tester and all documentation is expected for the end result.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

• Create a linearly reciprocating specimen holder that can accept variable size specimens

• Integrate base subsystem with armature subsystem to create final product

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