Date of Graduation
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Kenneth H. Means.
AutoROPS have been developed recently under the sponsorship of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in collaboration with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at West Virginia University. Unfortunately, numerous tractors' operators have removed the factory ROPS from the Tractors because of the lack of housing area on the tractor, which may result in frequent collision between the ROPS and low-hanging tree branches.;One main purpose of this work was to study the base of the second generation AutoROPS, to insure that the base can withstand the impact loads associated with the rollover of any farm tractor. Another purpose of the investigation is to design a new generation of the AutoROPS that is smaller and cost effective. Using ANSYS software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulated the new design. The results generated through this investigation satisfy the SAE standard requirements for all the expected applied loads.
Alkhaledi, Khaled Ali, "Advanced generation NIOSH automatically deployable rollover protective structure (AutoROPS)" (2002). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1248.