Help me with my Senior Design project

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  1. jackisking

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    Hi, I'm a mechanical engineering major working on my Senior Design project. I won the luck of the draw an got assigned developing an thermal insulating sleeve for a hydraulic hose. What I really need help with is feedback from anyone who actually uses protection sleeves or wraps or even tapes , what things they like and don't like about them as well as what would be changes they would like to see. It can be any kind of protection device for thermal, abrasion, spark or even sound muffling protection , I'm more interested in feedback on your thoughts on applying and maintaining a device like that.

    An example would be like" The sleeves we use are rather bulky and don't give a great fit, I wish we had something lighter and more flexible. " In the end when I do(if ) our presentation we'll be able to present how people who actually use them feel about products on the market. So please help me out, your :2c:  is greatly appreciated. :) 
     
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  2. Drangleic

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    Wish I could help you bud. Sounds like a cool project.

    Maybe go to your local heavy machinery rental place and see if they could give you some ideas. Even a local landscaper might be able to help.
     
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    What about some an insulating covering and a mesh metal covering that can flex to hold the insulating covering in place.
     
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    Actually , that was one of the things we were doing, a lot of the places though leave any kind of protective stuff to the client, so a lot of the places I contacted couldn't really help me out. I was going to send some letters out to the car plants to see if they could set something up with somebody on the floor. My dad used to work for Ford, and I always remember the holes in his undershirts from the sparks, I figure places like that and steel mills, have to have protective coverings of some sort on their equipment.

    Actually we were toying around with the idea of using an idea similar to slap-bracelets, where we would have had metal or plastic rings that could snap and close. Our design actually has to be able to bend with huge radius and we were concerned about gaps and bunching.
     
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    I clicked on the thread and hoped I could be of service considering I also studied mechanical engineering and I’ve had my job straight out of college for about a year now. However, I haven’t really worked with this sort of thing.

    What I did for my senior project was convert an ATV over to a hybrid electric operating. It’s kinda nice knowing that my team and I actually beat Elon Musk to the punch on that one.
     
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    ooh, that does sound like fun, I originally had something with carbon fiber brakes or something, but the professor had asked me to switch.Unfortunately, our project isn't going to enlist too many oohs and ahhs. Then again with what's going on now I wonder if we will still be doing presentations by April 24.
     
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    I have been wondering about that since the college I did go to is shutting down until April 6. That’s 3 whole weeks plus Spring Break last week. We worked on my senior project up until the night before it was due programming, fabricating, and testing stuff. I imagine there will be a lot of incomplete projects because of this.
     
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    No in -person stuff till april 14 and they have extended spring break a week, we had designed a protoype and were going to head out to our sponsor for testing insulating material by the end of the month. I think there's probably going to be a national shutdown at one point and that's where things get murky. I think there's enough people not taking this serious that this won't be a "two weeks and everything if fine thing". I'm kind of expecting them to send us an email at some point at how they are approaching this especially if a) shut down does happen, or things get worse here.The governor has already closed school and restaurants are only allowed takeout. I know you're supposed to present in front of accreditation board, but if that's not possible what do we do. Handing out "I" to a bunch of seniors is not going to go well. I don't graduate till next semester so it's like whatever with me, but I wish they would clarify what their plans are.
     
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    You might want to look up a Japanese outfit that managed to figure out how to knit in three dimensions using a machine. I don't know anything about knitting, aside that it involves knots, but the principle of knitting clothing as insulation for a tube-like thing like an arm can't be that different from knitting an insulating cover for a piece of tube-like equipment.
     
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    On the flip side I get to call companies that make this stuff and and get their view on reaching customers. I feel like a telemarketer these days. Who knows about my presentation at this point we should be testing materials,but with schools not open, I doubt we'll be able to go out to our sponsor and test and it looks like the Governor will be extending the 3 weeks of closed school. At this point school may not even be open for presentations, and I have no idea how that would work.