The University of Manchester
The School of MACE
Mechanical Engineering Design I
Design of a Silent Hand-held Jackhammer
Student Name: Lengshan Wang
Student ID: 9121060
Coordinator : Dr Olutunde Oyadiji Lecturer(s): Prof Sri Hinduja, Dr Mohammad Sheikh
Submission Date: 16/12/2013
The present designs relate to a various devices added to the jackhammer or an inner structural change, whose purpose is to reduce the jackhammer's noise when working. In general, there are three types of jackhammers which are air-cycle system jackhammer, jackhammer with air channel composed of unbendable metal, adding an energy-absorbing jacket cover over the housing of the jackhammer and substituting the original material of piston with Mn-Cu alloy. Three different conceptual and embodiment design will be displayed in the report.
Jackhammers were originally developed for the needs of mining, quarrying, excavating , tunneling, and many other percussions. The first prototype was created in 1848 by Dr.
Jonathan Couch (1789-1870) . In this drill, the drill bit passed through the piston of a steam engine. However, i n 1850, Couch's assistant, Joseph W. Fowle, optimized the jackhammer by using compressed air to drive the drill bit, which making the first true pneumatic jackhammer come into the world.1. Background
Dr. Jonathan Couch (1789-1870)