Title

Wheels of Fortune

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

A major safety concern in recent years is the amount of injuries resulting from road accidents. While many of these accidents occur between motorized and non-motorized vehicles, an alarming amount occur due to poor road conditions such as loose gravel or potholes. Over half of all traffic fatalities occur with cyclists and non-automotive vehicles. In the US, this amounts to 19,000 deaths. The purpose of our project was to combat this amount by developing a wheel that is capable of changing configurations depending on the environment in which it is placed. We achieved this by 3D designing a wheel that utilized components including a rotary union, long balloon, and syringe to create the inflation device. When tested, the wheel showed a clear difference between its tread configurations (this will be achieved by inflating and deflating the wheel); the wheel’s increased surface area created greater stability as well as less irregularities from gravel at the end of testing.

Location

HSS 109

Start Date

4-2-2022 11:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

Yes

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Apr 2nd, 11:00 AM

Wheels of Fortune

HSS 109

A major safety concern in recent years is the amount of injuries resulting from road accidents. While many of these accidents occur between motorized and non-motorized vehicles, an alarming amount occur due to poor road conditions such as loose gravel or potholes. Over half of all traffic fatalities occur with cyclists and non-automotive vehicles. In the US, this amounts to 19,000 deaths. The purpose of our project was to combat this amount by developing a wheel that is capable of changing configurations depending on the environment in which it is placed. We achieved this by 3D designing a wheel that utilized components including a rotary union, long balloon, and syringe to create the inflation device. When tested, the wheel showed a clear difference between its tread configurations (this will be achieved by inflating and deflating the wheel); the wheel’s increased surface area created greater stability as well as less irregularities from gravel at the end of testing.