Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Graig Jonson

Second Committee Member

Professor Roger Beardsley

Third Committee Member

Professor Charles Pringle

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. John Choi

Abstract

A large amount of energy is wasted by the vehicles on the speed breakers through friction. Energy can be produced by using the vehicle weight and speed. The team proposes a smart speed breaker that generates power (Speed bump power generator). The device allows vehicles to pass from both sides. The system makes use of mechanical assembly with metal sheets with linkages that press down with spring arrangement. Using the motion and weight of vehicles was the method that the team relied on to design the device. The mass of the vehicles allows the top plate to move the rack which convert the vertical motion to horizontal through the pinion which helps to rotate the generator. Welding, cutting, drilling were the manufacturing processes that that team used to build the device. Using weld process to join the outside structure of the device while using cutting to shape the top and bottom plate. Drilling process was used to join the parts of the whole device by screws. The advantage of speed bump power generators is that electricity is generated throughout the year as long as there is the movement of vehicles. The amount of power generated is about 12 Volt. The speed bump generator can produce power that can be used to control traffic speeds therefore it ensures the safety of the pedestrians. Speed bump generator works in all weather conditions and it is environmentally friendly.

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