Class of 2025Springfield, Virginia
- "Self Raising Mobility Jack" with mentor Adrien (Working project)
Self Raising Mobility Jack
Started Apr. 19, 2023
Abstract or project description
This research paper focuses on enhancing the user-friendliness of car jacks to facilitate the occasional maneuverability of passenger vehicles. The primary objective is to enable swift relocation of vehicles in emergency situations, eliminating the need to start the engine and, in the case of electric cars, avoiding the necessity of towing. This improvement holds significant value not only for individual users but also extends its benefits to businesses, particularly those engaged in vehicle maintenance and recovery services, who will be able to use its improved convenience to make their work more efficient. The proposed innovation allows for more easy car positioning and movement. Car jacks currently utilize various technologies, such as simple machines' mechanical advantage, hydraulics, and pneumatics, with the latter being used on the fastest lifting jacks available today. Pneumatic automatic jacks, commonly employed in race cars to expedite pit stops, can also be found in a manual use package meant for the average consumer. This paper explores the potential of employing pneumatics and possibly hydraulics to create portable, automatic jacks equipped with wheels that can be easily attached to any car's jacking points. To achieve this goal, advanced tools and methodologies, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) in conjunction with a rigorous process of prototyping and experimentation will be employed. Through this comprehensive approach, the study presents a viable solution that enhances vehicle movement accessibility and efficiency during critical scenarios.