ECE 491 - Senior Design
ISE 491 - Senior Design
ME 492 - Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Project
Winter 2009 Design Project Description:
For the Winter 2009 Senior Design experience, we will hold our own version of the famous Trinity College Fire-Fighting Robot Contest.
We will follow most of the rules set forth by Trinity College. You will become familiar with the overall structure of the contest and all of the rules that apply to the Senior Division.
The Arena will be supplied, and will be constructed during the Winter Break. Please note that the dimensions of the Arena are only approximate while the robot size limits are not.
You will also notice in the rules that teams have the option to make their trials more difficult by selecting options that reduce their overall score. In our competition, each design group will have three attempts to extinguish the fire using a combination of both mandatory and team-selected options.
- Trial 1: Furniture
- Trial 2: Furniture and uneven floors
- Trial 3: Furniture and variable doors
- Return trip
- Arbitrary start
- Uneven floors (Trial 3) or Variable doors (Trial 2)
We will follow the detailed scoring procedures of the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Robot Contest
- Use of kits. Following the Trinity College rules, we are looking for "unique" robots, not simply robots constructed from commercial kits. Therefore, by Rule 126.96.36.199, Unique Robots, your robots must be (1) constructed from a unique assortment of parts and (2) may use some components from a kit, but the overall design must be unique. Whether or not the overall design is unique will be within the discretion of the judges. In general, you will not be permitted to use more than 50% of a given commercial robot kit.
- Uneven floors. Ramps will be placed in hallways only and will not block doorways. Ramps may extend around corners. The surface of the ramp will be level side-to-side.
On Tuesday April 21, 2009 a competition will be held for all of the design groups from 10:00 am - noon.
Discussion for the final written reports:
For your final written reports, in addition to your technical discussions, you are to discuss applications of the technologies that you are exploring and developing in this project. For your final report, discuss various applications of the technologies, with specific emphasis on:
- Engineering Standards - describe the process in which you searched for applicable professional engineering standards and applied them in your design.
- Safety - what sort of constraints must be accounted for if such technologies you employed were used on a large scale?
- Economic factors - How much would it cost to implement such technology and what sort of jobs would it impact (consider improvements to safety as well as displacing jobs)? What sort of impact would this have on the acceptance of such technologies?
- Reliability - if this technology was to be used in mass applications, what sort of reliability and failure rates would be acceptable?
- Aesthetics - what sort of additional devices or accessories could be used to make this technology as aesthetically attractive as possible while retaining its essential functionality?
- Potential customers - who would be the consumer for such technology? Consider the consumer of this technology; who would be the consumer? A government agency? Manufacturers? Insurance companies? The public at large?
- Societal impact - what would be the potential benefits to society for the applications that you discuss? What would be the potential drawbacks?