Mechanical 15 - Rack & Pinion Conveyor System
Student Team: John Cogswell, Braxton Garrett, Noel Younger, Ross Anderton, Brian Thomas
Advisor: Nathan Ray
Sponsoring Organization: FLSmidth Material Handling North America (FLSMHNA)
Liaison: Scott Nance
FLSmidth’s existing mining equipment, the Mobile Stacking Conveyor (MSC) and Tripper (MSCT), has limitations on its tractive power due to a reduced coefficient of friction as a result of moisture, thus creating a low maximum incline angle. Our team developed a rack and pinion concept that is retrofittable to the existing machinery and raised the maximum incline angle to at least 14 degrees. To further present the concept, the team has produced a scaled model of the Mobile Stacking Conveyor and Tripper, including the rack and pinion. The model is complete with VFD control over the motion, as well as a gap between MSCs that the tripper needs to cross without jamming the pinion, similar to the real machinery.