Faculty Advisor

Lados, Diana A.

Faculty Advisor

Norton, Robert L.

Project Center

Gillette-Boston, Massachusetts


The aim of this project is to provide the sponsor with a dynamic computer model that accurately approximates their solid-link, index-dwell conveyor belt and can be adjusted to test alternate scenarios. Using background information including research into index-dwell conveyor systems, mathematical models, relevant computer models, past research, and data provided by the sponsor, the team developed their methodology. The team then created scripts in MATLAB to solve the differential equations for the one, two, and 85 degree of freedom (DOF) cases. The 1 DOF model was verified using Dynacam and the modified sinusoid cam profile was determined to be the best because the displacement, velocity, and acceleration had the smallest discrepancies from the theoretical for the 85 DOF model.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2012


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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