Frank J. Fronczak

Professor

3047 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-1993
Fax: (608) 265-2316
fronczak@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Professor Fronczak is a member of UW-CREATe (Center for Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology) and is engaged in the design of products for individuals with movement related disabilities. A variety of products have been designed and/or redesigned. Recent projects include a hand-powered cycle for individuals with disabilities, and ergonomic power tools, as well as other devices. These design efforts involve considering factors such as manufacturability, ease of assembly, serviceability, environmental friendliness and functionality. Another of Fronczak's recent research projects involves the design and construction of a unique multi-degree-of-freedom testing machine. Fronczak is also conducting both experimental and analytical studies involving the design of a hypocycloid engine/compressor. This novel design offers the potential of reduced vibration and engine wear. Professor Fronczak's research interests include machine and product design, fluid power, and vibrations, as well as design of biomedical equipment, particularly related to rehabilitative and assistive devices. His current research involves both analytical and experimental work in these areas. He is investigating the design of vehicles with computer-controlled hydrostatic transmissions and accumulator energy storage. This work has potential applications in manufacturing and the automotive, agricultural and aerospace industries. An additional related project involves the design of a free-piston engine-pump.

Education

  • BS, 1972, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, 1974, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
  • Dr. Engr., 1977, University of Kansas-Lawrence

Research Interests

  • biomedical equipment design
  • hydraulics
  • fluid power systems
  • machine design
  • product design
  • rehabilitative and assistive technology

Awards, Honors and Societies

SAE Fellow 2009

Benjamin Smith Reynolds Teaching Award 2007

 

Publications

  • Lumkes, J., T. Hartzell, F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley, \"Investigation of the Dynamics of Switching From Pump to Motor Using External Valving,\" Accepted to ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Francisco, California, Nov. 13-17, 1995.
  • Radwin, R.G., S. Oh, and F.J. Fronczak, \"A Mechanical Model of Hand Force in Hand Power Tool Operation,\"Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 39th Annual Meeting, October, 1995.
  • Longstreth, J.C., F.A. Sanders, S.P. Seaney, J.J. Moskwa, and F.J. Fronczak, \"Design and Construction of a High- Bandwidth Hydrostatic Dynamometer,\"SAE Paper No. 930259, also in SAE Transactions, 1993.Presented at SAE International Congress and Exposition Congress & Exposition, Detroit, Michigan, March 1-5, 1993.
  • Beachley, N.H., and F.J. Fronczak, \"Design of a Free-Piston Engine-Pump,\" SAE Paper No. 921740, Presented at SAE Off- Highway Powerplant Congress and Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 14-17, 1992.
  • Lewandowski, E.J., F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley, \"Experimental Studies of a Model-Based Control System for an Automotive Hydrostatic Drive,\" ASME Transportation Systems - 1992-, DSC-Vol. 44, pp 223-238. Presented at ASME Symposium on Transportation Systems, Anaheim, California, November 8- 13, 1992.
  • Ruch, D., F.J. Fronczak, and N. H. Beachley, \"Design of a Modified Hypocycloid Engine,\"SAE Paper No. 911810, also in SAE Transactions, 1991, and in \"Two-Stroke Engines, Small Engines And Emmissions Reduction,\" SAE SP-833.Presented at SAE International Off-Highway & Powerplant Congress & Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sept. 1991.
  • Pourmovahed, A., N.H. Beachley, and F.J. Fronczak,\"Analytical and Experimental Modeling of a Hydraulic Energy Regeneration System,\"ASME Paper No. 90- WA/FPST-13.
  • Luo, N., F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley,\"Comparison of Analytical and Experimental Investigations of a Multi- Circuit Sequential Apportioning System,\" SAE Paper No. 901553, also in SAE Transactions, 1990.Presented at SAE International Off-Highway & Powerplant Congress & Exposition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sept. 1990.
  • Beachley, N.H., and F.J. Fronczak,\"The \'All-Hydraulic\' Car - Economy and Performance Through Design Integration,\" Proceedings, International Fluid Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 1988.
  • Ruch, D.M., T.C. Rida, and F.J. Fronczak,\"An Experimental Method for Determining the Natural Frequency of Complex Hydraulic Systems Under Flow and No-Flow Conditions,\" Proceedings, International Fluid Power Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 1988.
  • Fronczak, F.J., and N.H. Beachley,\"An Integrated Hydraulic Drive Train System for Automobiles,\" Proceedings, 8th International Symposium on Fluid Power, Birmingham, England, April 19-21, 1988.
  • Xu, Y., Z. Cheng, F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley, \"Computer Control of a Hydrostatic Pump,\" Proceedings, ASME Computers in Engineering Conference, August 1984.
  • Beachley, N.H. and F.J. Fronczak, \"A High Efficiency Multi- Circuit Sequential Apportioning Hydraulic System,\" NCFP Journal, June,1988, pp 141-152.
  • Koegel, D., K. Shinners, F.J. Fronczak, and D. Straub, \"Prototype for Production of Fast-Drying Forage Mats,\"ASAE Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1988,pp 126-129.
  • Pourmovahed, A., S. Baum, F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley, \"Experimental Evaluation of Hydraulic Accumulator Efficiency With and Without Elastomeric Foam,\" AIAA Journal of Propulsion & Power, Jan-Feb 1988.
  • Pan, S., F.J. Fronczak, and N.H. Beachley,\"Techniques for Improving the Efficiency of Agricultural Fluid Power Systems,\" SAE Transactions, 1986, Section 5.(also included in SAE Special Publication SP679, \"Fluid Power Technology and Systems\")
  • Wu, P., N. Luo, F.J. Fronczak and N.H. Beachley, \"Fuel Economy and Operating Characteristics of a Hydropneumatic Energy Storage Automobile,\" SAE Transactions, 1985, Section 6.
  • Fronczak, F.J. and S.P. Loehnertz, \"Powered Back-up Roll-- New Technology for Peeling Veneer,\" Research Paper FPL 428, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, 1982
  • N.H. Beachley, F.J. Fronczak, Hypocycloid Engine, US Patent Number 5,067,456, Date: Nov. 26, 1991.

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Profile Summary

Professor Fronczak is a member of UW-CREATe (Center for Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology) and is engaged in the design of products for individuals with movement related disabilities. A variety of products have been designed and/or redesigned. Recent projects include a hand-powered cycle for individuals with disabilities, and ergonomic power tools, as well as other devices. These design efforts involve considering factors such as manufacturability, ease of assembly, serviceability, environmental friendliness and functionality. Another of Fronczak\'s recent research projects involves the design and construction of a unique multi-degree-of-freedom testing machine. Fronczak is also conducting both experimental and analytical studies involving the design of a hypocycloid engine/compressor. This novel design offers the potential of reduced vibration and engine wear. Professor Fronczak\'s research interests include machine and product design, fluid power, and vibrations, as well as design of biomedical equipment, particularly related to rehabilitative and assistive devices. His current research involves both analytical and experimental work in these areas. He is investigating the design of vehicles with computer-controlled hydrostatic transmissions and accumulator energy storage. This work has potential applications in manufacturing and the automotive, agricultural and aerospace industries. An additional related project involves the design of a free-piston engine-pump.


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