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Figure 1
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Team 2023

Team Members

Faculty Advisor

Myles Barrow
Matt Nattila

Helena Silva



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For this project, we have developed a better way to test high frequency vibration wear on a specimen. Originally our sponsor, UTRC, had a test rig capable of creating wear in one dimension at 300Hz. Our new test method has improved upon this by increasing the frequency of movement and is capable of motion and thus wear in two dimensions. To do this we utilized a magnetic bearing driven by amplified signals from our LabVIEW program to provide the motion that the wear test specimen is subject to. Additionally, this has allowed us to create different wear paths by modifying the signals generated by our program. Using a magnetic bearing has allowed us to create vibration wear of up to 1000Hz at an amplitude of only 0.25mm.