Engineering Experience 4: Design a Small Solar Vehicle

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The central theme of the engineering Experience 4 - project is "Make things work". A team of students designs and builds a ‘Small Solar Vehicle’ (SSV), taking a limited budget into account. To do so, the team receives a solar panel and a DC-motor. The Vehicle is also subjected to a number of tests and its behaviour is to be predicted, first using simple calculations by hand; next using simulation software. In the end, every SSV will take part in a “solar-race”. Moreover, additional grades are to be gained in other categories. Next, the team does a critical analysis on the SSV and the existing Umicar, a competitive race car on solar energy that master students of Group T have built. The analysis is carried out in the fields: aerodynamics, dynamics, strength of materials, material knowledge, maths and energy. The team must also make a strategic marketing plan for a truthful miniature model of the "Umicar".

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Lessons[edit]

  • Seminar 1: Introduction
  • Seminar 2: DC-motor and solar panel
  • Seminar 3: gear ratio and race strategy
  • Seminar 2: Matlab-Simulink
  • Seminar 2: Fablab

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