One Man Brake Bleeder – Final Year Project (2011)
Increased moisture content and air build up can reduce the performance of your car brakes to a dangerous level. The normal process of bleeding your brakes requires two mechanics and 3 separate processes.
The One Man Brake Bleeder replaces the need to pump the brake pedal and top up the reservoir so only one mechanic is needed. This reduces the time taken to complete this service and halves labour costs. It also removes the potential for human error and allows the mechanic to focus on the important job, which is to check the condition of the expelled fluid for air bubbles.
I used a compressor to pressurise the fluid container providing the optimum force for bleeding brakes. This is controlled by a pressure sensor and a level sensor to shut off the device should it become empty.
The fully functional prototype was developed using various test rigs throughout the project in order to ensure the technology and features would function correctly. A full set of engineering and assembly drawings were created and the final product was demonstrated at the festival of design and new designers exhibition.
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