Honors Program


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Spring 3-10-2022


Wacker, B. 2022. Development of Controller Area Network Bus Programming for Quarter-scale Tractor Pulling Sled. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Brittani Wacker 2022.


Usage of Controller Area Network (CAN) technology has allowed for advancements in many industries, including agriculture. Most importantly, its application is useful for refining data acquisition methods. With support from the Quarter-scale Tractor Design Team at UNL, this project united a CAN bus with the team’s current tractor pulling sled. The objectives were to install new instrumentation needed for the CAN bus and to program the updated system utilizing CAN data. The program needed to give the pulling sled functionality and the ability to read and log important pulling data. These goals were all accomplished by implementing new sensors, coding Danfoss hydraulic features, and analyzing input CAN data. Further improvements can be made in the future, but the current Quarter-scale team will benefit from the enhancement in data acquisition.