Crane CG Compensator
International projects, such as the Nuscale Small Modular Reactor (SMR), rely on complex machinery such as cranes. The complex manoeuvres required for the assembly of Nuscale nuclear reactors oblige the crane to be robust, powerful, unmanned, but more importantly very accurate and stable.
The precision and stability of cranes are to be affected by the characteristics of the various payloads which may have off-centered center of mass. This will affect the payload equilibrium position (tilted position). It is an important issue as it may negatively impact the nuclear assembly process.
This mechatronics project focuses on the stability and control of off-centered center of gravity (CG) payload for cranes. A small replica of the Nuscale project crane will be designed and built to demonstrate that adequate control may permit the crane to lift and displace with precision, payloads with off-centered center of gravity.
Meet The Team
Mechanical Subsystem Lead
Electrical Subsystem Lead