Project "Apollo" - Continuous Patron Conveyance Ride System

September 2020 – December 2020

Executive Summary/

What Was Accomplished

  • Completed preliminary and detailed deliverables of a design project to showcase my technical skills related to mechanical design, risk analysis, ANSYS simulation, and themed engineering standards/practices

​Biggest Takeaways/

Lessons Learned

  • Risk Analysis/FMEA should occur concurrently with the design process; many hazards/failure modes identified in the process ended up driving engineering analyses and re-designs. The FMEA also drove maintenance requirements, so having that ready facilitated creating a preventative maintenance plan.
     

  • Some details in the CAD were unnecessary to complete in the preliminary design; I ended up wasting time adding bolts/fillets/etc. when some parts of the design were changed/iterated upon which caused those feature to also change.
     

  • It became very useful to create a convention/system to name parts, allowing changes to be easily identified in the model and during the FMEA and maintenance planning process.
     

  • I utilized top-down modeling during some of the design, which became useful to quickly design a part based on the features of another and have the child part update automatically if I changed the parent part.

Transferrable

Skills

  • Hazard analysis at the system level

  • Failure modes and effects analysis of mechanical systems/components

  • Design and system integration of mechanical components in CAD

  • Human design factors

  • Design validation to standards

  • ANSYS static structural analysis and fatigue tool

  • Advanced ANSYS meshing techniques

  • Material selection of engineering metals

  • Preventative maintenance procedures of basic mechanical components

  • Bearing life calculations

  • Spring life calculations

  • Bolted joint strength analysis

Project Background

 

I started this project in Sept. 2020 to showcase my technical skills related to mechanical design, risk analysis, ANSYS simulation, and themed engineering standards/practices. Although this project is related to my background in entertainment engineering, it demonstrates transferable skills and my strong focus on the safety, reliability, and quality of electromechanical systems which adds value to any engineering project. It is not meant to act as a completed final design of a ride vehicle system, as such a system would require the work of an entire team of disciples and talents that are far greater than myself. 

 

The content shown on this page is mostly high-level details of the design, analyses, other aspects of the system. There is minimal theming in the design, as this is an engineering project and not a conceptual attraction proposal or artist’s rendering. For more detail on the design, calculations, or other items below, please contact me and I would be happy to share more in depth.

I have watermarked some of the high-level assembly photos to protect the integrity of my project.

View a PDF of this project page here.

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