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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.”

Dan Goodrich,
Mechanical Engineering 1999,
Vehicle Test & Development,
Electronic Brake Systems Group

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Senior Projects 2006-2007

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Team Specialized Testing Systems

Members:

  • Orlan Euale
  • Chance Jacoby
  • Amber Kardes
  • Michael Lane
  • Matthew Rajala
  • Tyler Skowronek

Faculty Advisor:

  • Jon Coullard

Company:

  • Algoma Steel

Industrial Contact:

  • Rani Lottey

Project Description: Trailer Beam Tester

Team Specialized Testing Systems (STS) was selected to work with Algoma Steel, a leader in the North American hot-rolled steel market located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

In order to gain market share, Algoma continuously seeks new markets for its products. The North American trucking industry was seen as an untapped emerging market for weight reduction and efficiency improvement. A lighter and stronger beam would reduce the weight of the hauling system and could either increase hauling capacity and/or decrease fuel consumption.

STS has been challenged to design and build a beam-testing machine to collect data on the capabilities of semi-trailer cross members. The machine will measure the effects of various vertical, torsion and cyclical loads that are applied to the cross member. Data will be collected, stored and analyzed with a PC-based system. Algoma will use the data as a set of baseline numbers to determine the desireable properties of any new cross member system that it may produce.

Links to the 2006-2007 Teams:

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