Team Aeronuts prepare to fly.
Posted March 30th, 2010
Teams from Senior Design, a two-semesters-long capstone class for mechanical engineering majors, entered their class projects into competition this year.
Team Aeronuts’ radio-controlled plane took home second place in the Advanced Class category at the SAE International Aero Design 2010 West competition March 5-7 in Van Nuys, California. The Aeronuts led the first seven rounds of competition, but, like all but one of the teams, couldn’t get their plane’s electrical system to read its take-off distance, a new requirement for the 2010 competition. Their plane did outperform in the lifting challenge. It lifted 27.7 pounds to win the Heaviest Payload Lifted Award.
Concept Zero’s fuel-efficient car placed fourth among the 10 UrbanConcept contenders (40 Prototype cars made up the rest of the 50 cars that participated) at Shell Eco-marathon in Houston, Texas, March 27 and 28. The annual event challenges college and high school students to design, build, and test energy-efficient vehicles. The team that goes the furthest distance using the least amount of energy wins. Unlike the futuristic-looking Prototype-category cars that dominate Eco-marathon, UrbanConcept cars look similar to what you see on today’s road.
The School of Engineering Supermileage will compete on June 10 and 11 in the SAE International Supermileage competition in Marshall, Michigan. Supermileage dares engineering students to break fuel-economy records with small, four-cycle engine vehicles. This will be the first time the School of Engineering students compete in the 31-year-old competition. Team captain Yuri Shnirman says that the team wants to place in the top ten. To get there, they’re shooting for a 1,000-mpg performance.
Entering class projects isn’t requirement for Senior Design, in which students conceptualize, design, fabricate, and test vehicles. Other Senior Design projects included a helicopter and an autonomous waste sorter.