Faculty Advisor

Rao, Pratap M.


This MQP presents a solution to the time consuming and expensive process of snow removal. Eleven initial designs were generated and analyzed in terms of forces, weight, cost, safety, energy efficiency, storage/installation and internal forces. Finally a cable guided shovel design was selected for further analysis, design refinement and prototyping. The final design consists of a shovel that is driven along taut cables fixed parallel to the path to be cleared. The cables pass through either side of the shovel and through a motor- pulley assembly mounted to the shovel. Opposing frictional forces on the shovel blade and cable were determined to size the motors and cable. A prototype device was assembled to test its performance using mulch as the substitute for snow.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering