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dc.contributor.advisorBarbara Hughey and Mike Tarkanian.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHeman-Ackah, Marianen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-17T19:07:06Z
dc.date.available2018-05-17T19:07:06Z
dc.date.copyright2017en_US
dc.date.issued2017en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/115453
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2017.en_US
dc.descriptionDISCLAIMER NOTICE: The pagination in this thesis reflects how it was delivered to the Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (page 24).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Kendall Band is an interactive musical sculpture by Paul Matisse located within the MBTA's Kendall/MIT Train Station. The sculpture, installed in 1987, consists of three instruments, Kepler, Galileo, and two sets of bells known as Pythagoras, each operated by its own system of mechanisms and linkages, and "played" by passengers using handles located on each platform. The sculpture as a whole has ceased to function as a result of a series of mechanical failures. Repair needs outpaced the resources available to maintain the sculpture. The primary known failure points are located within the portion of the actuation system on the platform of the station. Several components within this current actuation system are prone to fracture and wear. A new actuation system has been designed with various features that serve to increase overall durability, including a kinematic coupling with a spring-loaded interface that decouples actuation above a torque threshold of 225 in-lbf. Additionally, the newly designed actuation system has been standardized across all three instruments to simplify maintenance of the sculpture by incorporating a modular plate that has connection points for each instrument. Preliminary load testing performed upon a simplified version of the coupling interface proved promising for the design, but further work is required to prepare the design for installation.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Marian Heman-Ackah.en_US
dc.format.extent26 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleRedesign of the platform-side actuation system for the Kendall Band interactive musical sculptureen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc1035390183en_US


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