Start Date

8-5-2020 12:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Engineering

Advisor

Mehrdaad Ghorashi, PhD

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to analyze, repair, and fine-tune a mechanically driven clock that was originally manufactured in 2014 by Matthew Palmer, as a product of his senior design project. Over time, some of the mechanical parts have failed and the clock also needs a few design modifications to improve its operation. One modification is to minimize the driving weight on the clock in order to reduce wear and stress of the mechanical components. Furthermore, the length and mass distribution of the pendulum of the clock are to be tuned to improve its accuracy. This fine-tuning operation is done both experimentally and using simulations implemented by the Excel and SolidWorks software. Finally, a locking mechanism is to be designed and implemented in order to reduce expected maintenance needs and to protect the clock. The completion of this project will result in a better understanding of analyzing gear trains and pendulum driven mechanical systems investigated throughout my engineering studies at the University of Southern Maine.

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May 8th, 12:00 AM

Repairing and Fine Tuning of a Mechanically Driven Clock

The purpose of this project is to analyze, repair, and fine-tune a mechanically driven clock that was originally manufactured in 2014 by Matthew Palmer, as a product of his senior design project. Over time, some of the mechanical parts have failed and the clock also needs a few design modifications to improve its operation. One modification is to minimize the driving weight on the clock in order to reduce wear and stress of the mechanical components. Furthermore, the length and mass distribution of the pendulum of the clock are to be tuned to improve its accuracy. This fine-tuning operation is done both experimentally and using simulations implemented by the Excel and SolidWorks software. Finally, a locking mechanism is to be designed and implemented in order to reduce expected maintenance needs and to protect the clock. The completion of this project will result in a better understanding of analyzing gear trains and pendulum driven mechanical systems investigated throughout my engineering studies at the University of Southern Maine.

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