College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
The Curb Navigation senior project, proposed by the QL+ organization, was presented to find a solution to an issue a former veteran, Velette, is having. Velette has a difficult time maneuvering curbs when out doing day-to-day errands and activities. The goal of this project is to develop a solution that will give Velette the ability to traverse curbs without the assistance of others or the need to do a wheelie that can lead to an injury. The team has found that adapting and optimizing an anti-tipper design may be the best way to solve the proposed challenge. The team decided that this is the best design to adapt because it follows all of their specifications. It is easy to attach and use and offers the best opportunity at solving the challenge. A linear actuator is the best option to provide momentum for the climb. A linear actuator made by Progressive Automations has been chosen. The actuator provides 6 inches of stroke and can support up to a 600 lb load. The prototype was manufactured, assembled, and tested. The prototype successfully climbed 3 inch curbs and further design improvements were suggested.