Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Joseph D. Mello
This report details the development of a tool to remove objects and debris from a large gearbox found on ships of the United States Navy, specifically to be used by NAVSEA. The tool is to be used in situations where an object or contaminant cannot easily be removed or found without completely disassembling the gearbox. This will be done using a boom arm, a cable, a gripper and a borescope. This combination will allow for a large amount of mobility and versatility when searching for the object or contaminant, which is necessary for use in different gearboxes. The process we followed to arrive at our final design can be found below. This includes background research, similar product comparison, concept generation and detailed design, followed by prototype construction and testing.