Course: MAE 311: Machines and Mechanisms
Semester: Spring 2015
Group Size: 5
The purpose of this project was to take the concepts and theory which we were taught in the classroom and apply them in a practical context, through the analysis of a kindling splitter. The course allowed us to examine the analysis and design of machine elements, including theories of failure, fatigue strength and endurance limits; fluctuating stresses; Goodman diagram; and fatigue design under torsional and combined stresses. We also covered the design of bolted connections, fasteners, welds, springs, ball and roller bearings, journal bearings, gears, clutches, and brakes.
Early on this project, I took a leadership role by organizing meetings and assigning roles. I also contributed through the design evaluation section of the report. This included exploring the non technical aspects that influence design, such as global, societal, environmental and economic factors. This process consisted of ethnographic studies and research in order to better understand the consumer
Through my university career, I have discovered the value in a well structured team. Creating an environment which allows each member to perform at there maximum level usually produces high quality work . From conducting the no technical design research, I was able to discover the world of "human centered design", which focuses on designing for the end user. This idea opened me up to an entirely new way of thinking and approach to design.