Welcome to The Kinetic Monument Website
Senior Design Project 2012 – 2013
Group Members: Zachary Jordan, Paul Johnston, Dylan Morong, Nikolas Bennett, Timothy McGrath
The Mechanical Engineering Department has had a prominent role in the history of the University of Maine. What would eventually be known as UMaine began in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln approved the Maine College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. In 1871, Mechanical Engineering was one of three majors available from the college. The name became the University of Maine in 1897. Our goal is to create a monument that shows the marvels of engineering and inspires the minds of those who pass by. Our monument is dedicated to the Mechanical Engineering Department, for its historical importance to the University of Maine.
This structure, designed by students in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Maine at Orono, will be erected just outside of Crosby Hall and remain as a permanent installation to inspire future students of engineering programs at the university.
The overall appearance of the monument will be that of a large metal tree with some branches that move, and others that remain fixed. The monument has been designed using aluminum, aluminum alloys, Nitinol, acrylic rods, and various electrical components. The branches that move will be driven by Nitinol actuator wire. When heated with an electrical current, the Nitinol wire attached to some of the branches will contract causing the branches to bend as if bending in the wind, even if no wind is blowing. This is a unique application of Nitinol actuator wire, making this a one-of-a-kind monument at the University of Maine.