Engine Test Cell Data Acquisition

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Sponsors Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team [1]
Team Name Old Dyno New Tricks
Duration Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Faculty Adviser Dan Cordon
Mentor Zach Lipple
Client Dr. Kamal Kumar / University of Idaho
Team Members Ben DeRuwe
Jared Kellerer
Ian Sullivan

The goal of the project is to improve the dynamometer control system, data acquisition system and engine cooling system for the engine test cell in the Small Engines Research Facility (SmERF).+

Problem Definition[edit]


The University's engine test cell has become outdated. The data collection is done manually with someone entering values into a spreadsheet. The cooling system cannot support extended high load operation with the clean snowmobile team's engine. The fuel delivery system has largely been neglected and is becoming unreliable and there is no system in place for collection of in cylinder pressure data that would be used for combustion analysis. There is also a lack of documentation for the systems in the test cell and many testing procedures only exist via tribal knowledge. Accordingly, engine testing is extremely inefficient and yields data with unknown uncertainty.



Design Considerations[edit]

Project Learning[edit]

Final Design[edit]


Team Members[edit]

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Ben DeRuwe

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Date: May 2019
Future Goals:

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Jared Kellerer

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Nampa, ID
Graduation Date: May 2019
Future Goals:
Email: kell3969@vandals.uidaho.edu

[[File: |180px|thumb|left]] Ian Sullivan

Major: Engineering
Hometown: Boise, ID
Graduation Date:
Future Goals:
Email: sull4079@vandals.uidaho.edu

Additional Documentation[edit]

Project Schedule


Meeting Minutes




Client Interview