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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

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Team S.I.

Steering Innovations

Members:

  • Kyle Finlan
  • Jody Gillespie
  • Ben Kurth
  • Cory Lynch
  • Andrew Moran

Faculty Advisor:

  • Prof. David McDonald

Company:

  • Nexteer Automotive, Saginaw, Mich.

Industrial Contact:

  • Fred Berg, David Harris, and Adam Pfenninger

Project Description: Electonic Steering Column Clamping System

Team SI was tasked to optimize and build an electronic clamping module prototype. The system unlocks and locks a steering column allowing the user to adjust the position of the steering wheel and column with just the push of a button. The result is a module that is smaller and more cost effective than the original prototype. An add-on feature includes a wireless remote to actuate the system that will be available for an aftermarket version of the module.

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Optimiza- tion Models

Alexander S. Payne

Optimization uses mathematical models to make the best possible decisions. Optimization models are widely used in design, manufacturing, and logistics. In this project, we investigate optimization modeling, the use of the modeling language AMPL, and the use of AMPL, together with Excel, to build, solve, visualize, and analyze large optimization models.

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