SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Laura Rundquist
TIME: Friday, April 12, 2024, 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: MRDC Building, 4211
TITLE: Design and Analysis of Manufacturing of Spare Parts for Agricultural Machinery in Bangladesh
COMMITTEE: Dr. Jonathan Colton, Chair (ME)
Dr. Chuck Zhang (ISYE)
Dr. Christopher Saldana (ME)


Currently, farmers in Bangladesh import spare parts for their agricultural equipment replacement components. The high consumption rates within the country and high costs associated with these purchases creates a prime opportunity to develop efficient domestic manufacturing. This will improve the overall manufacturing capability as well as improve balance of payments in Bangladesh. The objective of the proposed research is to determine the manufacturing processes necessary to fabricate the parts. The parts will be analyzed through analytical and computational modeling and simulation, considering the equipment available in Bangladesh. The results will be presented to partner manufacturers in Bangladesh so that they may mass produce the spare parts and increase their capacity and profits. The specific components to be studied are as follows:

● A tiller blade featuring a 107-degree bend, one sharp edge, and mounting holes.

● A thresher tooth featuring a 36-degree bend, two #6 threaded ends, and headed bolt ends.

● A fodder chopper blade featuring three square mounting holes and a sharpened edge radius.

To complete this objective, dies will be designed, metal composition will be analyzed, and FEM analysis will be conducted and compared to experimental results.