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“I chose LSSU expecting a very good engineering education. What I didn’t expect was faculty with real-world engineering experience and abilities, labs with real-world equipment, projects with real-world outcomes, and an entire campus staff with real interest in my success, as a student and yet today. My LSSU engineering education has created or supported every desired career opportunity. LSSU was absolutely the right place for me.”

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Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Robotic Calibration Systems

Members:

  • Justin Darga
  • Erik Fredericks
  • Jordan Grawbarger
  • Tim Hay
  • Matthew Slaght
  • Andy Van Sickle

Faculty Advisor:

  • Paul Duesing

Company:

  • Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Auburn Hills, Mich.

Industrial Contact:

Project Description: Robot Steering Calibrator Stand

Robotic Calibration Systems (RCS) is a multidisciplinary team of engineering students comprised of two electrical engineers, one computer engineer, and three mechanical engineers.The team was assigned the task of designing and building two service test stands for Continental Automotive Systems (CAS), a world-wide leader in innovative technologies for vehicle safety applications. The stands will be used to calibrate the Sprint 3 Programmable Steering Machine, which is manufactured by Heitz Automotive. The Steering Machine used by CAS automates testing applications pertaining to vehicle rollover testing.Currently, Continental has no way to test the calibration and/or service its Steering Machines after installation in a vehicle. The RCS test stands would provide a means and a tool for performing static, functional and dynamic maneuver testing to make sure the Steering Machines are calibrated properly and operating correctly. Continental would use the calibrated machine to assist in the quality assurance and development of its electronic safety systems.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

Deter- mination and Comparison of Ca:Zn and Ca:Fe Ratios in Conversion Coatings using SEM-EDS

Nathan Morrill

The purpose of this project was to determine optimum conditions for performing a surface analysis of conversion coatings using SEM-EDS in parallel to imaging. The desired Ca:Zn ratios across several varying acceleration voltages were measured and compared to Ca:Fe ratios to observe if increased kV resulted in increased Fe detection and subsequently lowered to undetectable levels of desired analytes.

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