Andrew De Young, Alan Eysenbach, Jacob Richards
Our team developed a long term motor testing system that can test using dynamic loads for Groschopp Motors. Commonly, long term testing of motors uses only a single constant load, which is unrealistic, since the load on a motor will vary substantially depending on how the motor is used. Using a servo motor as our load source, we designed a long term testing set-up that allows a variable load to be applied to the motor being tested. The servomotor, supporting electronics, and the motor being tested are attached to a plate on the test stand which can slide out for easy access to the setup. The operator controls the test and records data using a LABVIEW interface. We successfully designed and built a prototype, but further testing is needed to ensure the system will function properly over long periods of time.