Faculty Advisor

Van de Ven, James D

Abstract

This report describes the design and construction of a hydraulic dynamometer as a research tool for testing engines and transmissions for the Mechanical Energy and Power Systems (MEPS) laboratory. This dynamometer has the ability to simulate the regenerative braking cycle of a scaled hybrid vehicle. A literature review was conducted to understand hydraulics, dynamometers, and data acquisition systems (DAQ), which was followed by a complete design of a hydraulic system. Based on this design, a successfully functioning system was constructed. This project combined different disciplines including mechanical, manufacturing, systems, and electrical and computer engineering to provide a tool to aid in future research within the MEPS laboratory.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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