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Basic Utility Vehicle Aggregate Unloader System

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference



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April 16, 2021

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April 17, 2021

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George D. Ricco University of Indianapolis

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George D. Ricco is an assistant professor of engineering and first-year engineering coordinator at the University of Indianapolis. He focuses his work between teaching the first two years of introductory engineering and engineering design and research in student progression. Previously, he was a special title series assistant professor in electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, and the KEEN Program Coordinator at Gonzaga University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He completed his doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education. Previously, he received an M.S. in earth and planetary sciences studying geospatial imaging, and an M.S. in physics studying high-pressure, high-temperature FT-IR spectroscopy in heavy water, both from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a B.S.E. in engineering physics with a concentration in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. His academic interests include longitudinal analysis, visualization, semantics, team formation, gender issues, existential phenomenology, and lagomorph physiology.

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Paul Talaga University of Indianapolis

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Suranga Dharmarathne R.B. Annis School of Engineering, University of Indianapolis

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Joseph St. Clair Glassmeyer IV University of Indianapolis

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Silas Spencer Ratliff University of Indianapolis

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Jonathon David Magos

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Sulman Tariq

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Miguel Castanon III

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Jared Hamilton

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In a collaborative project between the University of Indianapolis and BUV Ministry, this project focuses on the design, fabrication, and testing of an aggregate unloader system that will attach to a Basic Utility Vehicle (BUV). The BUV is a small utility vehicle that is designed for and used in developing countries across the world, providing an inexpensive means of transportation that can be used in many application venues, including agricultural, medical, and construction. The student team utilized a Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) project framework called DesignSpine. This framework focuses on capturing the voice of the customer that is apart of DFSS and using DFSS tools to create a user-focused design. Throughout this process, the team has been able to deepen their understanding of the DesignSpine process and our understanding and application of Design for Six Sigma tools towards quality design by applying them to the development of the aggregate unloader system. The BUV Aggregate Unloader System will provide a safe method of unloading aggregate from the bed of the BUV that will allow the user to transport and dispense more material. The attachment will not raise the vehicle's center of gravity when compared to the alternative dump bed modifications that current users are creating. The client and users were interviewed to determine the requirements and constraints for our design alternatives. The final alternative will be a flexible pouch carrying system that will fit underneath the rear section of the ladder frame and will use a cam-locking system to lock the pouch for storing and transporting materials. The pouch attachment is covered by a removable floor within the bed of the BUV that allows for the bed to be used as if the attachment was not there and can be stored on the side of the vehicle. The attachment will be built using easy to access materials and parts commonly found in the developing countries it is used in. With the attachment being designed for simplicity, material and manufacturing cost remain low, making the attachment appealable to users. This simplicity allows for repairs and maintenance to be carried out by individuals with little mechanical knowledge. BUV Ministry plans to implement this solution as an optional attachment for those end users that choose it. Currently, the team is working on material testing for the pouch material and the methods to attach these materials together.

Ricco, G. D., & Talaga, P., & Dharmarathne, S., & Glassmeyer, J. S. C., & Ratliff, S. S., & Magos, J. D., & Tariq, S., & Castanon, M., & Hamilton, J. (2021, April), Basic Utility Vehicle Aggregate Unloader System Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38258

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