P18352: Sandia Passive Vacuum Detection Team B

Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

The plan for phase 1 of the project was to establish the customer requirements based off of an initial interview with the customer.

During this phase of the project, we worked with the other team to come up with design requirements based off the customers requirements. Both teams worked together to interview the customer and compile the information.

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to design and test a safety switch that is mechanical, highly reliable, withstands rocket launch conditions, actuates in a near space environment, and fits within a given space constraint. The final design and prototype will be tested inside of a vacuum chamber and mounted to a shaker plate to simulate operating conditions.

For an updated version of the Project Summary, click on Problem Statement

Use Cases

This project will be used to read atmospheric pressures of near space and tell the rocket it is attached to that it has reached its desired height.


Project Goals and Key Deliverables

At the end of the project a pressure switch will be delivered that has been tested to customer specifications and fits the customer's requirements. The switch will be tested at RIT before being sent to Sandia National Laboratories for additional testing.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Engineering Requirements Template

Engineering Requirements Template

Owner: Steve Maniscalco

Input from Customer during Design Review

Each Requirement has been requested based on the needs of the customer. The system has to be seemlessly integrated into an existing unit.

Customer will confirm list during 1st Design Review on Thursday 9/14/17.

  1. In addition to a snapshot, include a link to the live document here

Inputs and Source

  1. PRP.

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Engineering Requirements Template

Engineering Requirements Template

  1. References:



  1. Size
  2. Weight
  3. Actuating Speed
  4. Forces on Design
  5. Electrical Requirements

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

For an updated version of the House of Quality, click on House of Quality

Owner: Aaron Neininger

Plans for next phase

By the next design review we plan on getting the beginning phases of the design complete. Using the confirmed customer requirements we can begin to plan on how to design such a pressure sensor.

Steve Maniscalco: Continue to run as Project Lead comminicating with guides and teachers. Help to organize the budget and scheduling.

Peter Bruschi: Continue to communicate with outside sources. Conduct research and take lead on Edge editing.

Aaron Neininger: Continue to complete tasks needed for week to week completion, help others with tasks, and keep documentation up to date.

Robert Runk: Continue to Update Schedule Document. Prepare for Review and update Edge according to Project Definition Review. Providing initial concepts for evaluation.

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