Monday, July 20, 2015

Progress Update

Our project rests on three test rigs:  a component-level test rig, a system-level test rig, and a fatigue test rig.  To date, only one of those is up and running, and we’ve managed to take preliminary data and begin analysis.  We’re waiting on new equipment to arrive in order to assemble the second and third test rigs.  In the meantime, we’re migrating our input/output data acquisition programming code to a new program that is more compatible with our goals and equipment and we’re examining ways to quantify variance and uncertainty from our processed data.  The data acquisition equipment also involves working with reconfigurable input/output devices and field-programmable gate arrays; so, needless to say, there’s a bit of a learning curve.  We hope to have all test rigs up and running by the next two weeks and hope to have the component-level paper draft started by week’s end. 

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