Ferris Wheel Finite Element Analysis

Project Details

In order for engineers to construct a Ferris Wheel, careful thought has to be considered in regards to Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The focus for our project consisted of carts with masses suspended with a spring and damper system on the circumference of the wheel. The finite element analysis problem involved the effects on the carts’ displacement, velocity and acceleration when they are subjected to a constant angular velocity. Moreover, due to this constant angular velocity, in depth analysis was conducted to verify the stress of each truss on the Ferris wheel. The approach in implementing the analysis consisted of solving ODEs (for the displacement, velocity and acceleration matrices) using Time Integration. With these calculations, the stress values were calculated numerically and compared with the miniature model.

  • Hack Type: Software
  • Tasks: Software, PhoneGap
Knoweldge: Finite Element Analysis • Nodal Analysis • Structural Design
Tools: MATLAB • Balsa Wood Prototypes
Team: Jaskirt Pooni, Bhaveya Dhall & Prathik Muppidi

The Team

Nodal Analysis

KARTTHIK KUMARASAMY

Mechanical & Software Engineer

Responsible for constructing the miniature model and created algorithms for FEA simulations in MatLab

JASKIRT POONI

Software Engineer

Coded algorithms for finite element analysis in MatLab

PRATHIK MUPPIDI

Software Engineer

Coded algorithms for finite element analysis in MatLab

BHAVEYA DHALL

Mechanical & Software Engineer

Responsible for constructing the miniature model and created algorithms for FEA simulations in MatLab