Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Professor Charles Pringle

Second Committee Member

Professor Roger Beardsley

Third Committee Member

Dr. Craig Johnson


The issue that this project is concerned with is how to design and build a drivetrain, steering and suspension systems for an RC car. The systems must be simple and functional. Furthermore, these systems will be designed to fit on a small chassis and not interfere with each other. They also need to be strong and durable enough to propel the car forward and maneuver through various obstacles and be built in a way that is easy to take apart and repair quickly. These design problems were approached using basic mechanical design concepts such as gear kinematics, spur and bevel gear design, static and spring analysis as well as linkage design. These concepts were used to analyze the design and ensure it would function properly. Once the designs were finalized the necessary parts and components were machined, printed, and purchased. The result was a functioning RC car with all the necessary systems in place. These systems also fit well with each other on the chassis and they are relatively simple to assemble and dissemble. Overall the vehicle drives with sufficient power (approximately 20 mph), control (turning radius of under 50”) and meets the requirements set out by the principle investigators Mike Cox and Jason Moore.


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