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Drag chute Pseudo Test

Parachute lead engineer Phil Elterman assisted by aeroshell engineer Mason McKovich performed a pseudo test of the drag chute this morning after the surprise delivery of the aluminum tube that will be containing the parachute. Of course, this is a small step taken to gain a better understanding of the current parachute system and how it can be improved to ensure safety and consistent functionality.  Enjoy!

Following the run of the Eagle Works land speed car the drag chute will be released by a cable mechanism and pop out just like in the video. The drag chute will catch air and pull the rest of the parachute out of the aluminum container slowing the land speed car before engaging the brake. This method of decreasing velocity is often used in drag racing.

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Parachute Test Frame

Mason is not the only Eagle Works summer intern hard at work in ANSYS, Phil Elterman has also spent many hours in ANSYS working with structural analysis to prove a prototype parachute frame for testing purposes. It is crucial that this component is designed well as a parachute will be the main method of slowing the land speed car down before the brake is applied. In the image below you can see the displacement that the test frame will experience under 300 lbs of force. Displacement is measured in inches and the values corresponding to the colors on the image can be found in the upper right hand corner

Image 1: Phil Elterman

Image 2: Structural analysis on parachute test frame.

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CAN Bus

This week Eagle Works coder Zach Griswold made significant progress on the car's CAN bus. CAN stands for controller area network, the CAN bus allows each system to communicate with one another and the driver. Zach was able to get two circuit boards to communicate using message buffers and data buffers. Zach was even able to get the messages to send at a rate of 10,000 times per second. Zach plans on using what he designed here to complete the message sending and receiving structure for the CAN bus and be able to write data to SD cards. Keep it up Zach!

 

Image 1: Zach Griswold Image 2: CAN bus shield circuit boards connected to a temperature sensor

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Aeroshell Progrss!

This week at Eagle Works the spotlight shines on Mason McKovich as he tirelessly completes CFD studies in ANSYS to optimize the aeroshell of the car. The aeroshell is a crucial component of the land speed vehicle because it not only protects the vehicle's components and driver but it ensures stability and assists with efficiency during driving. Lately Mason has been focusing on the wheel wells to make sure that no huge pressure pockets are forming and that air will run over the tires and through the wheel wells smoothly.

Image one: Mason McKovich, Image two: Analysis of pressure around tires

 

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Meet the Summer 2018 Interns!!

The wait is over, meet the Eagle Works Summer 2018 Interns. After a few weeks of a well-deserved rest and relaxation a select few of the Eagle Works Team members are back in the shop working on the project for the summer. In the photo from left to right are Mason McKovich, Phil Elterman, Robbie Konieczny, Zach Griswold, and Sean Rager. This group is looking forward to a lot of milestones this summer. Good luck!

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A Conversation with Member Alexander Benz

With graduation approaching, Eagle Works says farewell to our dedicated and passionate member Alexander Benz. Benz has been a part of Eagle Works for five years, and has contributed countless hours to the project and team. We wish Benz the best in his future endeavors and we will miss him greatly.

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Sci-Tech Festival

Eagle Works spent today at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Campus along with Prescott Electric Vehicle Association (PEVA) and the Phoenix Electric Auto Association at the Sci-Tech festival. Tesla's, Volts, and our high-speed electric vehicle, there is a lot of energy over here at Embry-Riddle!

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The Wonder Women In Our Lives

The Eagle Works Team is proud to announce that two of their members were recognized at Embry-Riddle Prescott's Women of Excellence Banquet this past Thursday evening. Julia Mihaylov received The Outstanding Woman of the College of Engineering Award and Maelee DeVries a prestigious scholarship. Both of these amazing ladies give their all on and off the Team.

Beyond Julia's duties to Eagle Works as the telemetry lead, cooling lead and Team secretary, she serves as the Editor in Chief for Horizons, the ERAU Prescott newspaper. The list of responsibilities does not stop there for Julia as she maintains a high GPA, has worked with JPL on a coding research project and is an active member of Alpha Xi Delta.

Maelee pours hours into the E-2 car's battery system, but the interesting thing is that she is actually a forensic biology major. The Team is lucky that Maelee has a fascination with engineering. Outside of Eagle Works MaeLee works on Project Pengyou, an organization that promotes cross cultural relationships. As a freshman she has been offered teaching assistant positions within ERAU Prescott's chemistry department.

Thank you ladies for all you do for the Eagle Works Team and congratulations on your incredible achievements!

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A Message from the President

Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab is committed to one goal: pushing the limits of engineering. We have chosen to do so by breaking an E2 class electric land speed record, a record that has not been touched since the 90's. We have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the project in 2014, putting in hundreds of man-hours each week. Some members even dedicate their entire summers to working on the project. But projects like these take time, and since we are a student-run organization, time is not something we have an excess of. 

Eagle Works was dedicated to breaking the E2 record this summer at Bonneville Speed Week. This is the time-frame we had advertised to the public, and the time-frame we had told Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Our members have put their hearts and souls into this team, and up until a few months ago, this goal was still realistic. But since we are all students, school always comes first, as Eagle Works is a completely extra-curricular organization. We want our members to succeed in every aspect of their lives, especially in academics, but we also want to create a product we are can look at and be proud of. This means we do not want to cut corners to deliver a product before it is truly ready. 

With that being said, I would like to formally announce to everyone who is following the project that we will be pushing our record attempt date up until the Summer of 2019. This will give us a year to finish integration and validation of all systems, and give us even more time to perfect the car even more than we are already shooting for.

Thank you to everyone for all of your continued support, and we look forward to chasing this dream with all of you by our side.

Keep the Rubber Side Down,

Reece Ticotin

President, Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab

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Thank you!

Eagle Works would once again like to thank everyone who donated to the team's crowdfunding page over the past month. We finished our campaign with $4,250, and appreciate all of your generous donations and support.

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