Major

Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Center lift pontoon trailers have a high center of gravity, therefore have the potential for the pontoon and trailer to tip while cornering. There is need for a component to stabilize the pontoon on the trailer while towing. Different concepts of a support system were sketched to determine the best option. The characteristics that were deemed important for the support system were narrowed down to determine the best concept and the connections of the best design were sketched in greater detail. The forces that the support system would have to withstand to stabilize the pontoon on the trailer were calculated. Then the size of the components of the design were selected and 3D modeled. Manufacturing of the support system was optimized by using like materials to lower costs. This design is a low cost option to increase the safety of center lift pontoon trailers while cornering.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Dane Quinn

First Reader

Dr. Chang Ye

Second Reader

Dr. Josh Wong

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