Our team members in the shop are making great progress. In this video, we are cutting copper plates for our battery packs.
Our team members in the shop are making great progress. In this video, we are cutting copper plates for our battery packs. The picture is what it looks like after being welded!
Last weekend, we joined together with Prescott Electric Vehicle Association and had a joint booth! We got to speak with lots go young children who we hope will join the club one day, and got to speak about what our club does. This was a great outreach event for us, and we look forward to returning next year!
The team has been working hard in all of their teams, making great progress. The business team had just finalized their third fundraiser for the 2018-2019 year. The fundraisers have been a great success for the team, and an amazing learning experience for the business team who has just branched out to the new realm of fundraiser. Keep an eye out for us on the Embry-Riddle campus!
With Eagles Cafe now available on Saturdays the team decided to do a bonding activity and have lunch at the flight line. We plan on hosting a greater team bonding event next month. Check in next week for more updates.
Here is an update of our current CAD model for the layout of the cooling system. So far, our team is currently working on resizing the ice water tank to fit a new radiator we just ordered. We plan on creating a design that will be ready for fabrication within the next month.
Check out our new workshop! Over the winter break our team managed to successfully move to a new location with even bigger space. While it needs a bit of organizing, we are still on track for the development of our vehicle.
Testing for the batteries started today! We checked multiple facets of running a single module, which contains twenty-four lithium, iron phosphate batteries. These checks included thermal, voltage, and amperage tests. Here are some of the pictures we took while the tests commenced.
Check out the Fab team working on the metal frame of our vehicle. Each member is in charge of notching and prepping the parts of the frame for welding. They have successfully notched all the metal tubes to 90 degrees and have completed the base floor. The team plans to finish notching the midsection and begin the welding process by next month.
The aeroshell team, lead by Mason Mckovich, is hard at work analyzing various factors that impact the stability and speed of the car. They are currently focused on validating the parachute's computational fluid dynamic analysis; this includes confirming the MatLab code, designed to calculate the values of drag on the parachute, and verifying there is sufficient airflow to allow the parachute to decelerate the car once deployed. Pictured below is the parachute.
Meet our newest members!
(left to right)
back row: Steven Duhamel, Brady O'Hayer, Nicole Rauch,
third row: Matthew Chen, Robby Larson, Andrew Ward,
second row: Ethan Ky, Evan Mclain, Sarah Collins,
first row: Tyler Peterson, Kathryn Toribio, and Nick Meza.
They are all very excited to contribute their talents and determined to help bring our project to fruition.
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.