Aerospace Engineering Department
BS in Aerospace Engineering
This report describes the design and construction of an oversized, ruggedized treadmill built for testing heavy loads. The design permits for speed and slope control, as well as a safety tether and emergency stops. The design description is categorized by related systems. The walking belt is powered by an electric motor, which transfers the mechanical rotation via hubs, a linkage belt and rollers. The floor and surface base are sized and designed for proper operation and clearance. The electronics board provides electric power, speed control, and a powered braking system. Safety features are designed for user protection: guard rails, covers, a gantry crane and tether, and emergency stops. Operation is possible for an incline range of -30° to +30° at 22 increments from the horizontal, and speeds of up to 10 mph with a granularity of 0.01 mph. The larger than usual size and strength allows for extensive usability and testing, for a successful and well-functioning apparatus.