College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Peter J. Schuster, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department


The ultralight backpacking community needs a strong, easy to use, safe bear canister that is lighter than current market products for trekking in the backcountry. A full design of the lid for the bear canister is to be completed. This includes the locking mechanism to ensure it is bear proof, the interface between the lid and the canister, and the structure of the lid so it passes the strength and weight specifications. The lid, along with the already designed canister body, is to be manufactured with formal documentation. The lid will initially be tested separately and then with the canister body as an assembly. All tests will be to either verify or reject one or more of the design specifications listed later in this document. The overarching goal of the project is to find a balance of two project requirements: making a rigid lid that is, when combined with the canister body, less than 1.3 lbf and still meeting the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) certification strength requirements.