Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Tempest has designed and built a test stand to validate the servo selection for Makani Power’s M600 prototype. The test stand tests the servo at a specified frequency and torque. It also includes an environmental housing that can later be used to incorporate a heater, cooler, and humidifier. The applied frequency, torque, and servo position is controlled by the operator. The stand also measures and provides a readout for temperatures throughout the chamber, humidity within the chamber, frequency felt by the servo, and load applied to the servo. The table has two tiers: the first tier supports all torque application components and the second tier supports the servo, vibration motor, and the chamber. The chamber table has the vibration motor attached underneath. The torque system is comprised of a linear pneumatic cylinder attached to rope which wraps around two pulleys (one attached to the servo shaft and one free spinning). The environmental chamber is constructed from rigid insulation walls and is a 9 cubic feet box. All of the sensors connect to a microcontroller and readout to an external computer. We are confident that our design satisfies the customer’s needs and will assist them in choosing the appropriate servo for the M600.