University of Maine-Orono Mechanical Engineering Technology Capstone Project

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UPDATE (5/3/10):

The Red Team finally got to display all of their hard work on Maine Day at the University on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Every year the University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology senior class uses Maine Day as their day of showcase. This year, rain forced the morning showcase from the scheduled Cloke Plaza outdoor location inside the Engineering and Science Research Building Hill Auditorium Lobby. Students, teachers, family, and friends joined Kim Keeley and Walt Shasta in meeting with the teams, asking questions, and  even trying the bikes out. We had to cut the fun short and move to Hill Auditorium for the presentations. The Red Team kept their presentation and sales pitch short as asked  in the essence of time, covering all key points in the trike’s design and advantages. After the presentations were done, it was to the wet University Mall on campus for the annual Maine Day Competitions. Kevin Oliver piloted the Red Team’s ride to 1st place in the Stability competition with no errors and the quickest time. Scott Chaisson skidded the bike to 3rd in the braking competition. Blair Richardson took the early lead in the endurance course for the Red Team before fatigues dropped the us to 3rd. Ben Dixon and Jon Harned did a good job maintaining 3rd , before Doug Moore transferred into the trike and started reeling the top-2 in. Doug was able to take home 2nd overall in the five team endurance competition. After judging on 10 key points to the design, the Red Team was awarded a close 2nd overall in the Design Competition. Everyone had a great time during the Maine Day Competitions and the Red Team would like to thank everyone who made the project possible.

UPDATE (4/12/10):

The Red Team has been busy improving the drivability of the trike since the last logbook turn in on March 17, 2010. Through testing we have discovered that our original gear ratio was making cranking too difficult for the average user. We decided to attach a larger sprocket over the existing one-speed sprocket. Increasing the wheel sprocket, our trike is now “granny-geared” making short-distance, hard-surface, and hill terrains easier to navigate, but more tiresome to maintain speed for long distance traveling. Each Team member has tested the endurance course lap at least once. Lap times are about 8 minutes per two-tenths of a mile lap. That’s about 1.5 miles per hour, a safe traveling speed to say the least. The trike was tipped 22.5 degrees from horizontal with no wobble or sign of tipping. Traveling 12 feet per second we stopped in a distance under 7 feet. We are happy with our braking ability.


MET Red Team

School of Engineering Technology

5711 Boardman Hall, Room 119

Orono, Maine 04469-5711


To contact us:

Phone: 207-581-2340

Fax: 207-581-2113


Red Team Trike as of April 12, 2010


Doug  practicing the stability test.  Stable on much higher inclines.

Kevin  testing the trike’s endurance going down the Library stairs. No broken parts yet!

Doug drives the trike up a small set of stairs into the shop to end a day of testing!

Videos from construction and testing! Click the links to view at YouTube!

Construction Video

Maine Day Competition 2010

Every year, the graduating senior class in Mechanical Engineering Technology splits into teams to design and build a Senior Capstone Project. The aim is to help a real life client. A logbook is kept throughout the entire process and turned in and graded periodically. The project must be unique and different from existing products and must be patentable. The 2010 graduating class of Mechanical Engineering Technology students have chosen to dedicate their Senior Capstone Project to helping double amputee landmine and SCI victims. Our client point of contact is Kim Keeley from Specifically, our Landmine Victim Mobility Vehicles are designed for users with no legs (hand-powered) to be used in Mozambique. Specifications can be found by clicking the "Specifications" link above.

Mozambique has 3,000,000 landmines buried left over from a previous civil war. Land mines in Mozambique have claimed 10,000 lives and the numbers are still climbing as mines remain active for decades.