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Project 1 What was the background to the project? What was your specific objective?

What were the key things that you did? Challenges that you faced? Who did you work with on this project? What were the results? In most robotic applications, the user assumes a position safely outside the robots workspace. So, there is a need in which the user and robot performs task cooperatively. COBOT is a solution to above need. The specific objective was the design and fabrication of such a COBOT. For this, I along with my team mates had thorough brainstorming sessions leading to the final design. I, then prepared the part drawings of various components and got fabricated with my inputs to the workshop instructor. Many challenges came up during the fabrication process. These include perpendicularity of legs, parallelism of bars, its surface finish, equal height of legs, bush design, pinion issues, etc. On this project I worked along with two of my batch mates in a team. The results was the successful deign and implementation of such a COBOT. Project 2 What was the background to the project? What was your specific objective? What were the key things that you did? Challenges that you faced? Who did you work with on this project? What were the results? Amorphous glassy polymers are attractive materials for many engineering applications due to many reasons. They are routinely used in numerous applications. However, their usefulness is limited by their fracture properties. The objectives include proposing a FE based model to characterize crack initiation and propagation in glassy polymers Also, the model is benchmarked against experimental results to make it physically realistic. With these objectives in mind, I designed, fabricated and developed test set-ups for conducting uniaxial tension and mode I fracture experiments over a range of temperatures. Also many uniaxial tension and compression tests were conducted to characterize the response of a glassy polymer like PMMA over a range of temperatures. Finally a Backward Euler integration algorithm is developed for implementing the porous plasticity model. During the design and fabrication many challenges came. Some of them are proper test grips design, fabrication of specimen, furnace fixtures, experimental testing parameters, and many more. On this project, I worked alone along with the help of many persons from diverse technical levels. The result shows the typical stress-strain curve for a ductile material.