I checked the results and your team should be proud! You finished the race driving your solar vehicle. I saw that many participants had to trailer their vehicle. Nothing like a little real world challenges to better the engineering students. Your team will be better engineers from this experience.
Great story. Crashing and fixing race cars is a time honored tradition. That your car could be fixed in the field is a good indicator of the design. I am sure that you all had lots of fun as well, and you will have some good stories to tell at the pub.
Yes, naperlou, crashing and re-building is a time-honored tradition. I've always liked a comment from Gordn Moore, co-founder of Intel, about what is learned from such efforts: "With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly."
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.