Brown, Christopher A.
The goal of this project was to design, manufacture and test a braking system for longboards that allows for controlled deceleration of the board and the rider. Currently longboards do not come with a system for controlling speed or stopping, and alternative methods for braking on a longboard are difficult and can result in injury. Our system allows the rider to use a pedal to transfer stepping force to a friction interface with the ground. The design process was guided by the principals of axiomatic design. The prototype was manufactured using CNC machines, rapid prototyping and urethane casting. Tests were performed for functionality, ride-ability and braking performance.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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