Cameron Daugherty ’15 did research with Dr. Mark Archibald on a project titled “Light Alternative Vehicle Frame Fatigue Failure Prediction and Prevention.” This research developed an improved low-cost design method for addressing fatigue in light alternative vehicle frames. Experimental data from fatigue and tensile testing of thin-walled steel tubular structures will be used in conjunction with completed bicycle frame data and finite element models in the development of the design tool. Daugherty presented a paper to 2015 ASEE North-Central Regional Conference.
Andy Herbener ’15 did research with Dr. Mark Archibald on a project titled “Experimental Determination of Bicycle Wheel Rolling Resistance.” This research involved constructing an apparatus for direct measurement of the rolling resistance of various bicycle tires on various road surfaces. The effects of road roughness, tire construction and tread, inflation pressure, and vertical load were investigated. Herbener presented a paper on his research to 2015 ASEE North-Central Regional Conference.
Erin Fulton ’15 and Lizzie Parsons ’16 did research with Dr. Mark Archibald on a project titled “Assessment of Regional Sustainability” in Grove City, Pa. This research involved assessing the sustainability of the borough of Grove City. Previous research determined that the emergy method is most effective for areas the size of Grove City. Emergy flows have been identified schematically. This research involved determination of values for the variables previously defined and completion of an evaluation of the sustainability of Grove City. Key areas for improvement were identified. Fulton presented a paper on the research to the 2015 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition.