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This thesis project is given by Tellefsdal AS in the Gjerstad district. As a leading manufacturer of snowchains the company exports chains to all of Northern Europe and North America. The company has now patented a new type of chain spike which is square compared to the traditional round spike which is more commonly used.
The goal of the project is to design, dimension and manufacture a machine which can test the frictional properties of different types of chain spikes on different surfaces. The group will then use this machine to sample and log the friction data obtained when the chain is pulled through ice to see if there is a difference of properties between different types of chain spikes.
The machine will be constructed with hydraulic actuation and therefore a hydraulic diagram will be made and analysed. The group has chosen strain gauges for measuring the friction forces. This measurement system will be designed and constructed. The software which is selected to control the hydraulic cylinders is based on LabView from National Instruments. The group will program the control system for the cylinders, as well as the logging and analysis software. The group will order all the required components for completing the project as well as make sure the project meets the assigned budget. In total, this is a typical mechatronics project which contains many of the important parts of mechatronics: design, construction, electronics, mechanics, software engineering and hydraulics.
Jørgen Sandstad, Thorgeir Sveinsson, Audun Stea - 02.april 2009