Welcome to our Senior Design Project Portal

This website is intended to give an overview of our senior design project for the Mechanical Engineering Department and Louisiana Tech University.
Visitors will be able to follow our team through the product realization process.  This includes access to all of our project documents, project updates, calendar, project results, and various photos and videos.

Project at a Glance:

Our project deals with designing a rubber bale ejection testing apparatus for Exxon-Mobil.  Currently, the rubber bales ejected for down stream processing occasionally experience excessive drag forces.  These forces can cause damage to the bales which produces poor looking bales that can also cause problems with downstream equipment.

This apparatus is intended to:
  • Test the affect of various surface roughnesses on the friction between the rubber and the ejection surface.
  • Quantify the initial start load (force required to overcome static friction).
  • Quantify the operating load (force experienced from kinetic friction).
  • Mimic the current baler operating procedure during testing.
  • Optimize the cavity liner plates roughness and/or surface profile.
  • Eliminate the need for lubrication.

Rolling Updates

  • Construction Phase Nearing Completion The team has been working for the past two weeks on fabricating and assembling our design.  The team has been able to utilize tools such as WaterJet, Slitting Saws, Welding ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2011, 8:29 AM by Unknown user
  • Design Finalized The design of the testing apparatus has been finished and the team is now moving forward by ordering materials.  Fabrication and assembly will begin as soon as the materials arrive
    Posted Mar 21, 2011, 11:33 AM by Unknown user
  • Preliminary Design Initiated The team's Preliminary Design Report is in progress.
    Posted Jan 18, 2011, 2:15 PM by Unknown user
  • Concept Design Initiated (1/15) - Completed (2/22) The team's Concept Design Report is in progress.
    Posted Mar 10, 2011, 12:36 PM by Unknown user
  • EDS Initiated (09/15) - Completed (11/15) The team's Engineering Design Specification Report is in progress.
    Posted Jan 18, 2011, 3:42 PM by Unknown user
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Recent Files

  • Final Presentation.pptx   8955k - May 13, 2011, 9:25 AM by Unknown user (v2)
    ‎Final Project Presentation presented at the Design Expo.‎
  • Project Risk Assessment.pdf   305k - May 13, 2011, 9:25 AM by Unknown user (v2)
    ‎Risk Assessment for testing crews to review before operating equipment.‎
  • Final Design Report.pdf   2900k - May 13, 2011, 9:25 AM by Unknown user (v2)
    ‎Final Report that documents entire design process and end results.‎
  • Final Design Proposal.pdf   1770k - May 10, 2011, 12:52 PM by Unknown user (v2)
    ‎Final Proposal presented before fabrication of prototype began.‎
  • Test (4-26-11) 037.jpg   1404k - May 3, 2011, 12:25 PM by Unknown user (v2)
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