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Activity 1.1.

6 Compound Machine
Design
Introduction
Mechanical systems often require a combination of
mechanisms to complete a given task. Any time
two or more machines are combined, the result is
a compound machine. If many mechanisms are
combined, the machine may even be referred to as
a complex machine. Compound machines can
range in complexity from a crane or automobile to
a simple manual can opener. A bicycle is an
example of a compound machine. The pedals,
brakes, handle bars, and sprocket systems are just
some of the mechanisms on most bicycles. In this
activity you will work in teams to design and build a
compound machine to accomplish an instructorspecified task.

Design Constraints

Must lift the weight 6 inches.


Machine must be built using 1 base plate.
Machine must not exceed 12 in height from the base plate.
Must use no more than 4 gears, and 1 worm gear (red screw), and 4
hub nuts
Must incorporate 4 different machine types.
Must use no more than 3 ft. of string.
Must have only one human input- the hand crank.
The compound machine must have a mechanical advantage greater
than one.

Deliverables

- All deliverables will be uploaded to Ecampus.


Cover page - including digital image of final design, machine name,
team member names.
Brainstorming and initial annotated sketches - must be written
in Engineering Journal then inserted into deliverable packet through
using a digital image.
Mechanical advantage calculations - Must complete the attached
worksheet and mechanical advantage documentation in engineering
journal then inserted into packet using a digital image.
Conclusion Questions complete in word document using
paragraph form. Use questions to guide conclusion, do not include the
actual questions within the final deliverable.

Performance

A machine competition will conclude the

project
Must complete lift in the presence of teacher.
Must compete machine against other teams in class.
- The machines will be voted on for elegance, cleverness, and
sophistication. Class winners will then compete against all POE
classes

Cover Page

Include:
1) Digital Image of Final product
2) Name of the machine
3) Label each individual machine
4) Names of team members.

Brainstorming/ Initial Annotated Sketch

Include digital Image of Brainstorming and initial


annotated sketches
From engineering journal

MA Documentation

Digital Picture of Machine #1

Mechanical Advantage / Ratio Calculations

Insert digital image of calculations from journal here.


Include:
1) all equations
2) substitution/work
3) solution
4) appropriate units
5) team names next to calculations.

Digital Picture of Machine #2

Mechanical Advantage / Ratio Calculations

Insert digital image of calculations from journal here.


Include:
1) all equations
2) substitution/work
3) solution
4) appropriate units
5) team names next to calculations.

Digital Picture of Machine #3

Mechanical Advantage / Ratio Calculations

Insert digital image of calculations from journal here.


Include:
1) all equations
2) substitution/work
3) solution
4) appropriate units
5) team names next to calculations.

Digital Picture of Machine #4

Mechanical Advantage / Ratio Calculations

Insert digital image of calculations from journal here.


Include:
1) all equations
2) substitution/work
3) solution
4) appropriate units
5) team names next to calculations.

Calculate the total/overall system mechanical advantage


Insert digital image of calculations from journal here.
Include:
1) all equations
2) substitution/work
3) solution
4) appropriate units
5) team names next to calculations.

Conclusion/Reflection.
1 For which mechanism was it the easiest to determine the mechanical advantage or drive ratio?
Why was it the easiest?
2 For which mechanism was it the most difficult to determine the mechanical advantage or drive
ratio? Why was it the most difficult?
1. At what value would you estimate the input and output forces of your compound machine? How
did you arrive at your estimated values?
2. What modifications could you make to your compound machine to make it more mechanically
efficient?