Completed in Shanghai, China and sponsored by Caterpillar (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., a team of mechanical engineering students from Shanghai University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute redesigned the rear bumper of a Cat® 980H medium wheel loader (980H). Communication with the project sponsor clarified the product need and provided feedback for an iterative design process incorporating dynamic and static computer simulations. Of three designs created, the team chose one with additional functionality, greater user safety, comparable durability, and significant profitability. For future designs, the team recommends material substitution, center of gravity consideration, and finite element analysis preparation.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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