Project Title

Truss Alignment Tool

Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Charles Pringle

Second Committee Member

Roger Beardsley

Third Committee Member

Dr. Craig Johnson


The purpose of this project is to follow the engineering process from start to finish, and create a fully functioning truss alignment tool that has been designed, constructed, and tested successfully. The first phase involves the design of the truss alignment tool. The main design requirements of the tool includes taking an input force of 60 pounds and outputting the 630 pounds of clamping force needed to realign a set of two stacked trusses and pull their bottom edges flush. The second phase involves the construction of the tool. This involves all machining processes associated with the cutting, shaping, and assembly of the device, while adhering to the tolerances that were defined in the design phase. The third and final part of the process is the testing phase. During this time, the strength and deflection of each part was tested, as well as the overall functionality and structural integrity of the tool while in use. One test showed the deflection of the main part of the tool to be 0.018 inches, which was close to the predicted value of 0.022 inches. The final result of this process will be the knowledge gained throughout the entire engineering process of designing, building, and testing this device. These results can be shown in the physical form of a fully functioning tool, augmented by a full project report, which documents each phase in depth.


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