USF Debuting Mechanized Bull
What started as a purchase from an art gallery by a USF alumnus followed by a partnership with the school’s engineering department has turned into what some hope will be a new school tradition. This season, the team debuted a new motorized bull at Raymond James Stadium.
USF booster Jeff Fishman found the life-sized metallic bull at an art gallery in Texas last fall. Soon afterwards, USF’s Cool of Engineering started bringing the art piece to life. The bull is powered by a 12-volt battery that runs a smoke machine and LED lights in the eyes. A 36-volt lithium battery gives power to rear wheels that drive the bull around.
“At the end of the year, all the seniors or juniors have to come up with pretty much an end-of-the-year project,” Zach Diaczynsky, a USF mechanical engineering graduate student, told local media. “So this started out as that. We had two groups: one working on the power for the wheels, and the second one was working on…the smoke, the eyes and kind of the support system inside to hold the smoke machine, the inverter, battery and everything.”
The idea is for future engineering students to perfect the bull.
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