Masters Theses


Testing and analysis of mechanical assists for medium girder bridge


Tilak Inturi


"U.S. Army members undergo high biomechanical stresses, when performing tough manual material handling (MMH) tasks such as the assembly of a Medium Girder Bridge (MGB). High biomechanical stresses often lead to various musculoskeletal disorders in the people undertaking these tasks. The bridge components are extremely heavy and are designed to be carried using simple tools not manually. A study was done by Kotian and Davis applying in 2005 applying Human Factors Engineering and Mechanical Engineering methodologies to MGBs Mechanical assists were designed to reduce injury caused by manual material handling of bridge components. The approach for the current research involved phases of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on most critical parts of the crane followed by fabrication of a crane based on the outcome of the FEA results. This research involved design calculations, testing of each and every component of the crane using FEA analysis, and optimizing the design whenever needed"--Abstract, leaf iii.


Flanigan, V. J.

Committee Member(s)

Kapila, Shubhender
Chandrashekhara, K.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering


U.S. Army Research Laboratory


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2006


ix, 48 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-63).


© 2006 Tilak Inturi, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Human engineering
Machine design -- Mathematical models
Machine design -- Testing
Materials handling -- Equipment and supplies

Thesis Number

T 9084

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