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Title: Hydraulic hammer design & development project
Author: Brown, Kenneth A. F.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 999X
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2012
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This report outlines the work I carried out during a three year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. The project itself was design and development based, producing a design for a new product through to manufacturing and identifying marketing strategies for the product. The product is a hydraulic hammer which is used in construction, demolition and quarrying industries. The hydraulic hammer is classed as a carrier attachment. The hydraulic hammer attaches either to the arm of an excavator or the rear arm of a backhoe loader and uses the carrier's hydraulic system to allow it to operate. The report provides an in depth review of prior learning relevant to the development of a new and novel hydraulic hammer product and a detailed analysis of research methods required for the project. An analysis of suitable design methods and a review of the hydraulic hammer project background is outlined and a detailed analysis of leading edge software to deliver a new and novel simulated hydraulic prototype hammer product is discussed. The report also contains an investigation of leading edge manufacturing facilities relevant to a new and novel hammer product. A procedure for initial and field testing was produced and conducted to gain an in depth operational understanding of the hammer design and is included in the report. Economics relating to the manufacture of products and processes used throughout Europe are examined and the relevant British and European standards relating to manufacture and processes are analysed. Marketing techniques and strategies required when a new and novel product is launched into an existing market is also provided. Finally, the KTP is examined in relation to the provision of experiential work based learning and an analysis of the value of work based learning for the development and delivery of knowledge through KTP using experimental theories is also presented.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available