Traveling by plane is the most convenient means of transport for long distance. This is sometimes accompanied by a long layover in airports, and due to airport regulation, airport patrons need to keep their luggage with them at all times. The goal of LockerX is to design and build a locker that will provide safety, security, and convenience to everyone in the airport. The locker will be able to fit a carry-on bag (9in x 14in x 22in). Furthermore, the locker must be explosive resistance, and in case of an explosion it needs to contain the impact and shrapnel internally, this will reduce the risk on airport guests and create a more safe environment.
Proof of Concept
The locker industry is a large industry with some big competitors already in place. Current options for these lockers are for non-secure items and locations. The lockers are made from thin sheet metal and are easily broken. LockerX is targeting the untapped portion of the market, airports and other secure locations. This market segment is mostly untouched and has a lot of potential. LockerX has researched airport luggage storage and found that traditional operated storefront businesses are not sustainable and there is a need for a lower operational cost option, such as lockers. The main competitor is a company named smartecarte who already has a functional locker system. LockerX will feature a similar user interface, and the user will use the lockers in the same way, but LockerX option will be vastly more secure. The team found that competitors are offering self-servicing and customer assistance for their lockers, so it can be very convenient for the customer to rent a locker . for the distribution pattern, after designing the locker and testing it in FEA programs, the team intends to contact a welding shop to work on mass producing the locker. After that, team lockerX will reach out to the airport to install the Locker after the TSA security check and train the airport personnel on how to use it and troubleshoot it if an error occurred.
LockerX conducted a proof of concept testing focusing on the material and joining methods of the outer shell. This testing showed that the material itself can hold a worst case scenario force but the joining method may need some work. LockerX’s next step is to evaluate the door and locking mechanism design and to get more accurate force reading through the locker in the event of an explosion. For the POC testing LockerX decided to test a single weld joint and shell material rather that the whole locker. LockerX can adjust and customize its lockers in order to accommodate the variety of needs each market demands. LockerX initially intends to bring its locker system to airport terminals but the lockers can be adapted to fit several voids in the current market such as schools, science labs, and even military use. LockerX’s current overall locker design is shown below.
LockerX is developing an explosive resistant locker for use in airports and other high security areas. The locker design, when completed, will be able to withstand the explosive force associated with an M67 Grenade while maintaining an easy to use interface. The lockers will be able to hold standard carry-on luggage up to 9” x 14” x 22”. LockerX will achieve this by creating a locker out of 1020 steel with thin layers of laminated materials on the inside to absorb the explosive energy. The locker designed by LockerX will be able to be used in airports as a method of storing carry-on baggage while minimizing security risks. The user interface will be almost completely digital with a motorized locking and unlocking mechanism. The digital interface will allow the user to link their plane tickets and other information with the goal of providing the user with an seamless experience. This will also help limit items being forgotten and left in the locker. LockerX believes that their locker design can bring security as well as convenience to the modern traveler.
LockerX will be building a section of the laminated material as well as the locking mechanism in the door. The laminated materials will be made using an adhesive and pressed together to form a strong bond. For a full sized locker this would need a custom built table to apply equal pressure across the laminated materials but for the proof of concept hand clamps should be fine. The locking mechanism will be made in a structure that closely resembles the door. A transparent plate will be used to display the gears, which will be mounted on a backplate and operated by a motor controlled by a microcontroller.
Figure. 1 – Kevlar fabric
Testing and Results
Meet the Team
Throughout his academic career in Mechanical Engineering Greg has completed many projects and designs. One of the more notable challenges was to build a small motor controlled car to race. Most teams built cars with only one drive gear, but Greg took it upon himself to build a two-speed transmission to push his team’s car to the lead. Throughout his academic career he has developed many mathematical and analytical skills leading to a better understanding of how machines and apparatuses work. Along with that Greg has gained experience and knowledge in part design.
Greg is originally from British Columbia, Canada but has lived in California for most of his life.
After Graduation, Greg plans on pursuing a career with Tesla or Panasonic at the Gigafactory with the goal of building a career in part design and manufacturing.
As a senior mechanical engineering student, Abdulrahman has come across many challenges during his academic career. The most challenging project is the K-12 project where he had to teach 2nd-grade student an engineering concept. During his academic career, he has developed many mathematical modeling and mathematical analysis where he has to drive a solution to different engineering problems. Also, he has all the necessary tools to analyze and draw engineering parts and designs using the latest engineering drawing software that is available in the market. Outside of school, he has worked for five years in the oil and gas field as a field operator and then as a control man operator where he was in charge of the operation and control of the plant using DCS system. He is from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and he is doing his undergraduate at the University of Nevada- Reno. After graduating he will go back to his home country and work in the oil and gas field as a project or operation engineer.
As a senior in mechanical engineering Matthew has encountered many academic hurdles along the way. One of the most challenging engineering projects he went through was early on during his freshman year working on the hovercraft project. The first project that plunges you into a team of other engineering students pursuing varying disciplines within the field. The hovercraft project taught him patience, communication skills, and an ability to meet hard deadlines under stress. His biggest improvements came through interpersonal skills by working with so many people throughout his degree and a further development of his analytical skills through accuracy in problem solving. Outside of school, Matthew has interned for one of the nation’s largest MEP experts with Southland Industries for the past two summers leading up to his senior year. Matt interned as a Project Engineer and has been able to successfully apply analytical techniques across a wide array of problems through this internship.
Matthew grew up in the Bay Area in South San Francisco and his goals are to build a solid foundation of work experience and financial stability through working full time at Southland and also continuing his involvement with LockerX post-graduation.
Khalid is a senior mechanical engineering student that worked on various projects throughout his college career. During his freshman and sophomore years, he worked on class-related projects that involved design, coding, developing, and testing to achieve the best results in the respective class. An example is a project where the course required a simple NXT robot design that is controlled by the reading of muscle movement where the sensor is attached. The project appeared difficult at first, but through trial and error, the final design won the first place in his class. Furthermore, during summer and winter vacation he helps his fathers company by working on FEA analysis projects. Khalid is from Qatar and came to the University of Nevada, Reno, to challenge his limits and see how he develops outside of his comfort zone.After graduation, Khalid plans to work in an oil and Gas company as a petroleum engineer and keep working on the LockerX project.
Nathan is a senior mechanical engineering student currently enrolled in the accelerated MBA program offered through the university. In addition to this he has also received a minor in mathematics from the university. Over the course of his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, he has worked on several engineering projects. One of the most challenging was the hovercraft project. This semester long project required him to build a hovercraft from start to finish working with a diverse team of engineers. Through this project he was able to develop his communication and time management skills as well as basic programming and engineering design skills. He is currently a member of a professional engineering fraternity as well as a social fraternity at the University. He is constantly using his engineering skills to work on problems.
Nathan is a northern Nevada native, born in Douglas County and raised there until he was a senior in highschool when he moved to Reno. After graduation he hopes to be continuing work on the LockerX project, hopefully working on a startup centered around this project.