Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Abstract

A purpose-built, novel sensor was developed to facilitate vibration recording of modern fire apparatus. A front-end recording virtual instrument was developed using the National Instruments LabView suite. A second virtual instrument was designed to normalize the data to standard gravity and to characterize its spectral content. Preliminary baseline tests showed that the low-cost sensor provided adequate signal to noise ratios. Vibration characterization of pumper apparatus revealed pump induced vibrations were in excess of 0.26 g. Documentation and instructions on the operation of the sensor are contained herein for usage in subsequent vibration recording of fire apparatus.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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