Publication Date

Fall 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

Our senior mechanical engineering design is a flexure test frame. At our university, third-year mechanical engineering students take a class called machine elements, in which the final project is a structural design competition. The students design a strong but lightweight object. The P.O.T.T.E.R. device can be used to judge the structural integrity of students contest entries. The customer who commissioned this project is Dr. Potter, who teaches the machine elements class. The customer needs a portable test frame which can apply enough compressive force to fracture an object which is secured in the device. The test frame should also measure the fracture force (and possibly displacement) of the test specimens for comparison

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)