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Homework Help: What is a carousel? (Mechatronics)

  1. Nov 27, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    This may sound like a ridiculous question, but I'm required to do a presentation on mechanical aspects of mechatronics - specifically explaining what a carousel is. However, the internet doesn't seem to know what one is in electrical engineering either.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I've looked on lots of websites and consulted three mechatronics book from my reading list but I can't locate a definition anywhere.
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  3. Nov 27, 2017 #2


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    Do you mean the amusement park ride? It goes around in a circle with horses and seats. It could also be just a unit that spins, such as for rotating trains or cars.

    From an engineering standpoint, it needs some way to convert electrical power into rotational mechanical power and control the speed.
  4. Nov 27, 2017 #3
    Haha, I wish it was the amusement park ride!

    So is it a mechanism that converts electrical power into rotational mechanical power, and vice versa? I assume it's comprised of gears, belts, links and joints as well as a motor of some sort?
  5. Nov 27, 2017 #4


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    I'm fairly sure its just a generic term for a piece of equipment that moves items around and completes its path. Assuming this is for a project, I would pick a specific type, define it, then do your project on that. Or tell your proffesor "Hey this is a very generic statement, i'm adding these constraints" and see what they say.

  6. Nov 27, 2017 #5
    Thanks alot. 'Manufacturing', 'motorised' and 'industrial' search terms seem to be producing better webpages now. I need to:

    - Provide Schematic of the chosen part
    ▪ Model the mechanical behaviour
    ▪ Explain the working principle
    ▪ Identify the different part of the system
    (links, joints, gears, etc.)
    ▪ Give details on the material used and the
    - Highlight the manufacturing process
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  8. Nov 27, 2017 #7
    "Carousel" also applies to material handling equipment. One variant of the design is a series of hanging multi-tier storage racks set on a motorized overhead track conveyor. It provides high-density material storage with a single access point.
  9. Nov 27, 2017 #8


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    Google search for either assembly Carousel or Carousel assembly

    Several million hits and many pictures!

    (I've done some Electrical design work on that style machine, it is a quite common design.)

    If you know what a Lazy Susan is, or a turntable, a carousel is very similiar with parts or tooling usually arrayed around the periphery.
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  10. Nov 28, 2017 #9


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    I'm not sure if this is what you're after, but carousels are used a lot in CNC machining... for tool changing.
  11. Nov 29, 2017 #10


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    Lol, and maybe you shouldn't... go there ! . o_O
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