Cobb, Eben C.
A full trash bag can be a difficult load to lift and drop into a dumpster, especially for the elderly. The goal of this project was to design a device that can safely and reliably assist the user in lifting a trash bag up and into a dumpster, such as those typically used by residents of an apartment building. This design is compatible with dumpsters up to five feet in height and can lift trash bags up to 50 lbs. in weight. The selected design consists of a four-bar mechanism in series with a driver dyad used to transmit power from the power source. The mechanism can be powered by either a hand crank or a 0.25 horsepower motor attached to the driver dyad.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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