Investigation into the cause of pneumatic actuator failure on the HypoSurface
Author(s)Chun, Darren M. K. (Darren Masayasu Kekoa)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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An investigation into the failure of pneumatic actuators on the HypoSurface was conducted to provide information on the current HypoSurface prototype. Using a systematic approach throughout testing, piston components were found to have been subjected to fatigue-failure, causing pressure leaks from the piston. Through further analysis, the increase in wear on the piston gaskets was caused by exceeding the recommended loads during operation of the HypoSurface with its skin. Furthermore, vibrations from piston actuation may be the cause of loose electrical connections in the control panel, resulting in voltage problems in the solenoids.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2007.Includes bibliographical references (leaf 11).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology