College of Engineering Unit:
A team of four senior level mechanical engineers assembled to design and implement a new mechanical cable management system for the OSU Solar Trailer. The main objectives for the design include a mechanical device that will have a constant tension on the cable conduit as the solar panels are in motion. The simple design was created such that the device can be easily assembled and adjusted for future uses. Most of the material is made with aluminum for it’s properties of being lightweight, easily machined, and resistant to rust and corrosion. A nylon pulley will sit on the cable and move vertically along a aluminum shaft. The weight of the sliding block within the shaft will act as the constant tension for the conduit and, if needed, additional weights can be added to adjust the force of tension.
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