Publication Date

Fall 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

The demo is designed to demonstrate the concept of friction to younger children(ages 4+) using an incline plane. The premise is to allow the user to slowly elevate a surface until a block resting on top begins to slide, at which point an electronic interface displays the calculated amount (or coefficient) of friction. The core functions of the device are discussed based on the customer needs in order to identify key performance goals for its successful operation. The design process is documented from initial modeling to the final prototype and critical metrics including safety and ease of fabrication are discussed. Success is evaluated based on the aforementioned performance goals, of which the final project satisfies well.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)