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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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Eagle Works: The Story So Far

The Eagle Works Team had an opportunity to document their story like never before in their history. Click on the video to learn about the E-2 land speed vehicle project and how you can help make this dream a reality.

Thank you, NGN Pictures, for your time and helping make this video a possibility

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We Need Your Help!!

Eagle Works is excited to announce that our crowdfunding page is now live!  Support us in our effort to break the E-2 land speed record for electric vehicles.  Thank you to all of our current sponsors and donors for helping lead the future in clean technology. Eagle Works appreciates your continued support and enthusiasm for this incredible project.  Our crowdfunding page can be accessed at the link below or the donate button on our Facebook page!

https://crowdfunding.erau.edu/project/8577

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COMING SOON!

Stay tuned Eagle Works fans and followers as we anticipate the final aeroshell design. This key component of the car not only protects the internal systems of the car but it is also critical for stability at high speeds. The aerodynamics team has been hard at work refining and optimizing the model. We look forward to the final product!
We would also like to thank ANSYS for all the help they have given us to do analysis on not only this crucial component but many others as well.

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Connecting through CAD

With 70% of the car components modeled in CAD, the team dedicated Saturday toward finishing and refining models.

A recently finished CAD model is the completely assembled battery cell with new CCA connectors. Explosively Welded Copper Clad Aluminum connectors (CCA) will connect to the battery cells of the car, allowing a flow of energy through the batteries and powering the vehicle. The CAD models below are essential to the success of the car as they are critical components in the movement of the vehicle. The CCA creates a set of series and parallel connections in the cells, resulting in higher voltage and amperage respectively. The more of both connections that exist, the more power the batteries can distribute and therefore the more energy available for the car.

Below are CAD models for the CCA and battery cell designed by Johnathan Crossley. The third picture is a manufactured CCA.

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Happy 2018!

Happy 2018! The team hit the ground running today, picking up where we left off in the fall. Be sure to check our Facebook page, website, and Instagram for weekly updates and notifications about our mission to beat the E-2 land speed record.

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Spotlight On: Aero Shell

Previously, the aero shell design has fulfilled an optimization of the nose tip height, relative to the maximum height of the nose; ANSYS Fluent was used to analyze the turbulent flow about 21 CAD models differing only in nose tip height. It was found through quadratic regression analysis that the optimal nose tip height (for minimum drag values) would be 28.9% of the maximum nose height. Currently, 4 CAD model assemblies have been generated to study the flow entering the wheel wells of the vehicle, with CFD analysis planned for Saturday, November 18. The first two models examine whether changing the edge leading into the wheel wells from sharp to rounded would effect the flow entrainment into the wheel wells; the second two models look into adding extra devices and their impact upon the aforementioned flow entrainment. After the wheel well flow entrainment has been minimalized, there are three more optimization studies that will be conducted by the end of the semester: (1) the flow exit from the wheel wells will be optimized for minimal drag and maximum downforce, including wheel well louvres and top-mounted, horizontal ducts; (2) the design of the canopy and driver ventilation, will be optimized for minimal drag and size; and (3) the general shaping of the entire vehicle will be refined by adding varying degrees of camber and edge filleting.

Pictured below: Mason McKovich, Aero Shell Lead

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Picture Day!

Today Eagle Works team members met to take team photos for Fall 2017. As team members waited for the photographer, members discussed the current progress of systems, as well as the overall progress of the vehicle. As the team prepares for the upcoming Thanksgiving Break, be sure to check out our website and Facebook to see new pictures of the team!

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Bits and Pieces

As team members complete computer aided design (CAD) models of their respective subsystems the big picture of the vehicle's internal components is coming together in real time. Computer modeling of the vehicle is a crucial step in the design process. A design flaw encountered in the CAD stage can be more easily and effectively corrected than in the heavily anticipated fabrication phase.

Recent completed models include the brake master cylinder, rear disk brake and parachute test frame. The brake master cylinder and disk brake will be added to the CAD model of the complete vehicle to ensure that they fit properly into the vehicle as a whole. In the same subsystem a frame for the parachute is underway in preparation for parachute testing. More bits and pieces are on the way and as each one is completed the Eagle Works dream gets closer and closer to a reality.

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