Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Sarah Harding


This report contains the design plan for PolyNet Design’s Senior Design Project. The PolyNet Design team comprises four mechanical engineering seniors who created a prototype for Raytheon Missile Systems. The overall goal of this project was to create a system that will launch a blanket from a packaged and folded state to an unfurled state and then securely wrap the blanket around a target. The team began with five initial concepts, and chose the Four-Rod model as their first construction concept. Construction of the Four Rod model evolved through several design iterations. The team tested the final prototype extensively, using high speed camera footage to more accurately analyze the prototype’s performance. The prototype was demonstrated at Raytheon’s university design competition on April 26th, 2010. Cal Poly’s PolyNet Design team won the competition with their prototype.