Mechanism Design for Avoiding Ice Deformation in Fixed DocksPublic Deposited
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This project aimed to design and create an add-on mechanism that would be retrofitted onto fixed docks to avoid deformation and possibly failure in freezing temperatures. The mechanism allows a fixed dock to (1) have room to adapt to ice freeze by horizontal and lateral movement, and (2) serve as a truly fixed dock during the warmer months, with enough strength to dock a small boat. The project spanned C, D, and E terms in the 2022-2023 school year, with research completed in C, and prototyping and analysis in D term and E1 term. A final prototype has been developed using theoretical analysis and numerical simulations. The results confirm the design is significantly more tolerant to bending and deformation than conventional fixed docks. The provisional patent 63/460,831 - Water Dock Ice Tolerance for the mechanism has been submitted as the result of this project.
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