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162D - MAE 162D/E Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Winter 2011 Autonomous Bulk Material Transporter You and your team are to design and build

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Unformatted text preview: MAE 162D/E Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Winter 2011 Autonomous Bulk Material Transporter You and your team are to design and build an autonomous vehicle for bulk material transportation The vehicle will follow a predesigned pathway and dump its payload into a collection bin at the end of the path. 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 2 Autonomous Vehicle Pathway 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 3 Path Platform Blueprint 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 4 Path Platform The vehicle path has 3 platforms and 2 ramps, with a 2" safety wall on all sides The pathway will be made of wooden boards 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 5 Pathway Rules Vehicles start in the "Starting/Loading Area Platform" The pathway cannot be bypassed Top platform must be reached via the pathway Payload must be dumped from the "Unloading Area Platform" into the receiving bin 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 6 Power Rules Vehicle must be powered by ordinary & readily available batteries: disposable or rechargeable Disposable battery limit: ten AAA, AA, C, or D (1.5volts) with three 9-volt = 13 batteries total Rechargeable battery limit: three 9-volt with a dozen 1.2-volt = 15 batteries total Either use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries - no combining Available power is about the same 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 7 Power Rules Continued Use of rechargeable batteries is encouraged No other types of batteries are allowed No other sources of energy (electrical, mechanical, pneumatic) are permitted Battery packs are allowed as long as the batteries comply with above rules & are easily verifiable by judges All powered devices must have a readily accessible and clearly labeled emergency kill switch to shut off the device 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 8 Vehicle Size Requirements Before the trial begins, the whole device must fit inside your own 12"x12"x16" rectangular box If your box is part of your design, then external dimensions can be no larger than 12"x12"x16" The device must be fully assembled when it fits inside the box 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 9 Trial Preparation The Starting/Loading Area of the pathway is a 24"x24" level platform The team can load and work on their device in this area only No practice runs on the actual competition pathway will be allowed during competition Before the trial begins, the device must be entirely inside the loading area The 10-minute trial begins as soon as a device is set in the Starting/Loading Area 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 10 Competition Trials Objective is to deliver grains of rice from the loading platform to the receiving bin via the pathway Each team will have 10 minutes to fill their device with the rice to be transported and deliver as many loads as possible Once the trial begins, the shape and dimensions of the device are allowed to change, e.g. sensor probe, lifting/dumping cargo All device motions must be powered by the installed batteries 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 11 Delivering Payload Receiving bin is a 24"x16"x6" box at the end of the pathway, straight down on the ground level The vehicle is only allowed to unload when completely inside the "Unloading Area," marked on the top platform Except those on the vehicle, no other devices or sensors are allowed to be on or around the pathway During the trial, the device is fully autonomous: no outside control, interaction, or influence is permitted 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 12 Penalties Penalties are incurred during the trial for each incident of physical contact with the device Penalties are paid as percentages of the total weight of the transported rice at the end of the trial, depending on the infringement If any team member touches the device during the trial, the vehicle must return to the starting area and the team will be penalized 20% of the total weight If, for any reason, the vehicle stalls or leaves the pathway and has to be returned to the starting area, this is considered touching the vehicle and will incur the 20% penalty 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 13 Penalties Continued During the trial, no team member is allowed to touch the pathway or receiving bin, accidentally or deliberately; each incident incurs a 5% penalty During the trial, a device can be repaired in the starting area only, but each incident of physical contact in the starting area incurs a 10% penalty At the end of the 10-minute trial, the rice in the receiving bin will be weighed The team's final score will be the weight of the transported rice after all penalties have been paid 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 14 Budget $1,000 per Team 1-3-2011 MAE 162D 15 ...
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course MAE 162D taught by Professor Shaefer during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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