Faculty Advisor

El-Korchi, Tahar

Faculty Advisor

Rong, Yiming

Project Center

China (Multiple Cities)


Caterpillar is searching for a mechanically simple design that allows a medium wheel loader to be towed away in emergencies. The design should consist of a tow hook and an actuation system that would allow the parking brake to automatically release once tow force is applied. Caterpillar have asked students to develop this design, but they were unsuccessful due to a range of simplicity issues for the customers using the wheel loader. A mechanical design is valued due to its dependency as opposed to the current electrical and hydraulic system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2013


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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