Chuck’s contributions didn’t end there, though. Mechanical Lead Perry Benson explains that this is both a powerful design tool in the hands of experienced team members and a powerful instructional tool for newer team members. First and foremost, this means Roush provided UM Solar Car with vital access to a large, professional workspace for prepreg composites manufacturing, providing us the best possible venue to undergo this process. And from composite analysis to metal parts optimization, it was all crucial to our mission, because the safer and sturdier our car is, the more reliable it is for our drivers on the road when racing, and the surer we are that we comply with regulations on safety and other things. 2018 Operations Director Vignesh Jagathese describes, “Without GM vehicles, we wouldn't be able to race 1,800 miles through the American heartland to go after our 10th American Solar Challenge title. We couldn’t have done it without you! Ford helped the University of Michigan Solar Car Team at every step of the way, from car construction to race preparation and finally, to the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge itself. During the design cycle, our team works at a rapid pace and on an exacting timeline. CNC (computer numerical control) knife cutters, for example, helped with kitting, which makes hand layup easier. Thank you, Offices of the President and Provost! They latch into place, simplifying the process of detaching and reattaching new circuit boards, which comes in handy in the event of a failure on the team’s part because it enables a speedy and effective recovery—something that is especially crucial in the middle of the race. Above all, we raced with these innovations, realizing that what we were doing was uncharted territory. Because of the unique design of our car, we came across many challenges as a team. Armed with these fabric patterns, the team began hand layup, hand-placing layers of dry fabric, or “prepreg” plies, onto a mold, which created something called a laminate stack. Bit by bit, we pieced our car together using Teijin carbon. The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track event that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses. Through our work with the Offices of the President and Provost, the team has developed a five-year Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan of our own that parallels the ones developed by the College of Engineering and the University. The University of Michigan College of Engineering is an indispensable partner of UM Solar Car, providing us with everything from our workspace and our students to financial support and media coverage. And that is exactly what is reflected in their vision: 3M technology advancing every company, 3M products enhancing every home and 3M innovation improving every life. It can be said that for any car, multiple things need to go well. The involvement of Offices of the President and the Provost makes it easier for us to do just that! In the outback, it is imperative that everything we have, everything we make, and everything we do works to its maximum capacity no matter what, and our high voltage systems did just that in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Using chemical etching, Elcon very accurately cut thin, reflective materials without any of the edge warping that Brad mentioned would threaten the quality. Being able to accurately forecast solar irradiance is an integral part of our ability to travel so fast and so far on nothing but the sun, so we are forever appreciative of the support of companies like Solargis. The two most notable solar car distance (overland) races are the World Solar Challenge and the American Solar Challenge. The team also performed other air flow tests at different yaw angles. Our engineers began with setting up the model with the geometry from CAD and with an initial analysis before beginning the three-step optimization process. In 2019, CalTeach hosted it's first Solar Car Challenge on March 16th, 2019. We want to take a different path.”. Ever a staunch supporter of the team, Ford was integral to the University of Michigan’s recent historic finish in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Teijin was integral to the University of Michigan’s historic 2nd place finish in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, providing us with the materials necessary to build our incredible car, Novum. Thank you, University of Michigan College of Engineering. Eaton and UM Solar Car both are interested in pushing what’s next in eMobility. 2012 Solar Car Challenge “Willing to Fail.” – Erienne Mccray, former Oregon Solar Car Team Captain. In our most recent race, the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge through the Australian Outback, we were exposed to terrain which challenged us and pushed us to our technical, mental, and physical limits. Even though we have different focuses, between high-powered lasers and solar-powered vehicles, IMRA has supported us and our endeavours in the American and Bridgestone World Solar Challenges. The aerodynamics simulations, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tests, require a great deal of computational power, and R Systems provided us with that power. “But HyperWorks is both versatile and powerful, which helps a lot. The first step, free size, gives a continuous distribution of material thickness; the second, size, accounts for the individual thickness of each ply; and the third, shuffling, recommends the order in which each ply should be laid. They can be put together in many ways, but the smallest of components related to the specific design of the wheels are what can make or break our level of performance. “For the more experienced members, it lets the team squeeze every last ounce of unnecessary weight out of our components,” Perry details. Our new design made the car adopt a narrow, streamlined aerodynamic design in order to leverage maximum output from our internal systems. This event introduces solar energy and engineering design applications to participating students. We covered Novum in tell tails, strings attached at several points on the car that enabled our engineers to gauge turbulence and air flow. The flexibility to explore a wider array of possibilities yielded a better car than we could have otherwise designed--it yielded Novum. Our car saw temperatures in the 100s, thunderstorms and very high winds along the 1,800 mile journey. Michigan Engineering supported the team with funds, as well, helping us avoid a situation in which financial constraints could have prevented the construction of our faster, riskier, more innovative—and more expensive—design, Novum. It helps link concepts learnt in the classroom with the physical world and acts as an effective motivator for students to become, or remain, engaged in the areas of Science, Engineering and Technology. And 2017 was a great year to do so, because UM Solar Car pushed the bounds of what a solar car can and should look like, building a radically small solar car that sports a state-of-the-art, space-grade, multi-junction gallium arsenide array. As the University of Michigan came close to finalizing Novum’s design, R Systems proved very accommodating and supportive, helping the team when problems with the timeline arose. Solar pioneer Hans Tholstrup initiated the World Solar Challenge after he drove a home-built solar car called the Quiet Achiever across Australia from west to east in 1982. During the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the College of Engineering also aided UM Solar Car with media coverage, posting on social media and publishing detailed stories and press releases about our Race Crew’s life in Australia, the excitement of the race, and the great meaning of our historic finish. From harsh terrain to strategic planning, a lot can happen during a race that we can’t always plan for. Designing a frame to fit inside of a pre-existing car body proved to be a great challenge. ZF’s machining capabilities were of great help to our mechanical team. The World Solar Challenge, celebrated biennially since 1987, saw teams from around the world set off from Darwin on a 3,000km race to Adelaide by solar-powered car… Every race, we have a new Race Crew and a new car built around new regulations that ultimately shape design and fabrication. Since the very beginning, Chuck has been a mentor and advocate to the University of Michigan Solar Car Team. While this was not Eaton’s first cycle with the team, we were thrilled by their increased involvement this cycle! Altair software and technical support was crucial to the construction of the University of Michigan’s newest solar car, Novum. We design, build, and race the world's fastest solar cars, and are America's #1 team. The Wilson Center is UM Solar Car’s home, and it’s where, bit by bit, Novum was born. Teams compete over a 1,500-2,000 mile course between multiple cities across the country. And because we were testing in Ford’s wind tunnel, we were able to acquire numerous data points for a wider range of angles and speeds than we otherwise could have. For the 2015 race cycle, 2016 American Solar Challenge, and our most recent 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, 3M provided us with a multitude of equipment including, but not limited to: DP 460 glue, 471 vinyl tape, electrical tape, glass bubbles, duct tape, sandpaper, orbital sanders, full body suits, and respirators for safety. “On these tabs, it’s important to have precise cutouts with clean edges with no warping to make the welding process as good as it can be. These give a real professional feel to our electronics and generally improve the appearance. It would take pages to fully describe the value that 3M so graciously provides us as a team, but the overarching idea can be summed up in one phrase: 3M holds us together, both literally and figuratively. One big thing that makes Novum impressive is its aerodynamic prowess and how its aerobody stands out from the rest, departing from solar car design convention. Our 2017 Business Director, Abigail Siegal, explains how significant Cummins’ contribution to the UM Solar Car Team has been, saying, “While our team has always built an electric car, this year we were also moving away from from our traditional path, making a shift from using a catamaran design to a bullet-shaped car. Chuck has been a longtime friend of the team. Our 15th car, Electrum, won 3rd place in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Thank you! 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The 471 vinyl tape serves a crucial role through its adhesive strength as it holds the fairings to the chassis of the car and eliminates gaps between individual components so as to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. The HyperWorks suite was particularly useful for composite analysis, allowing our engineers to determine whether aspects of the design would fail under specific conditions. To our biggest fan and longest supporter: thank you, Chuck! We look forward to what comes next and we are determined to continue representing our school proudly and successfully. Using these solar power forecasts from Solargis, we were able to quickly and reliably predict solar irradiance days in advance for every destination along Electrum’s 3,000 km route from Darwin to Adelaide. The World Solar Challenge is a competition that has aimed to show the true potential of solar powered transport. Novum would not have been made possible without companies like Cummins who recognize the importance of innovation in both solar and electric vehicles. “Molex has never failed us,” Caroline aptly praises. In 2013, our team finished 4th overall and we were North America’s No. 1 team. We could not have done it without you! JTEKT provided us with durable and meticulously engineered hybrid ceramic ball bearings with silicon nitride. R Systems enabled us to not only run individual simulations more quickly, but also to run multiple simulations simultaneously without slowing down any running parallel to one another. Composites Lead Bennet McGlade says that "Through the use of Altair's powerful analysis and optimization software package and with help from their fantastic technical and engineering support, we were able to build the fastest and safest car possible.". And we are very grateful that was the case, because the superior quality of Teijin’s product allowed us to build the best possible manifestation of our bold monocoque design. Chemical etching is a controlled material removal process that results in complex parts and is capable of producing great detail. The SCC Education Program developed in 1993 as a high school extra-curricular program, and later evolved into the Solar Car Challenge Foundation. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Thanks to our Michigan-based partner Saturn Electronics, we were able to power through this uncharted territory with all our systems working smoothly due to the high-quality circuit boards they provide us with. “Manufacturing or racing our 14th car would not have been possible without Ford's support,” 2017 Project Manager Jonathan Cha elaborates, going on to describe the details of Ford’s help. We were able to try something new and take that risk and execute it well because of R Systems’ support. IMRA has continually supported UM Solar at every turn, helping us make connections in industries that have greatly benefited the team. Being able to accurately quantify these aerodynamic values meant possessing reliable numbers that we could base our race simulations on; this helped our Strategy Division make decisions and plan ahead when on the road in Australia. “Although Teijin is a first-time sponsor, they are very enthusiastic and helpful,” says Race Operations Engineer Janice Lau. Along with this came exceedingly rigorous scrutiny, planning, and labor, both internal and external. From creating ply schedules in CAD to applying forces to the car, Altair’s sophisticated software tools empowered UM Solar Car to optimize Novum to the maximum. Craig Jacobs, the Director of New Product Introduction for Eaton’s eMobility and a Solar Car Team alum, explains, “Students working with industry forms a great learning experience for all involved. Roush’s facilities are equipped with car-sized ovens and large autoclaves, specialized equipment which were of great use to us. Join the number one team in America, and help us build the fastest solar car in the world. The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. In 2015 and 2017 we finished 6th and 9th respectively. “Ford has supported us with machine time in the Ford Design Milling shop, caravan vehicles, and usage of the Jacobs Wind Tunnel. It's a race full of speed, spills and sometimes heartbreak. 3M has been an invaluable sponsor to the team, and a quick walk through our workspace will show the absolute ubiquity with which we use 3M’s tape, adhesives, and safety equipment. In our day-to-day lives, we are rarely more than 10 feet away from 3M technology. This positioning maximizes the power that the array takes in from the sun. The 2020 Solar Car Challenge — an academic tournament for local elementary, middle and high school students — is the time to shine. And having access to the GMC Sierra and multiple Silverado trucks has made it easy to trailer Novum to where the team needs her to be, particularly for race-critical purposes like on-road testing or caravan training. During the design phase, Novum’s aerodynamic efficiency was always a top priority. Lightweighting was a main endeavor during the design process as the team strove towards its vision of the lightest, most aerodynamic car possible, so this was very important. “Without IMRA’s support, Novum would not have been financially viable,” 2017 Race Crew member and the team’s resident financial wizard, Neil Jain, explains. Chuck, THANK YOU!”. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation is designed to help motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. We look forward to using TE’s equipment again in the upcoming 2018 American Solar Challenge as well. UM Solar Car is very grateful for Michigan Engineering’s continued strong support, without which we could not have raced to our best-ever WSC finish. Revenberg doesn’t elaborate on what course that will be. I am looking forward to sharing many more memories with him and cannot thank him enough for all that he does for us. Part of achieving and maintaining our levels of technical innovation involves rigorous design, redesign, and further examination from all members of our team on every component. Nearly all of the composite fibers for the car came from Teijin. For the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, we were very lucky to have access to a variety of great resources to help us forecast the weather, both a necessary and challenging aspect of solar racing. It is with the help of companies like Solargis that we are able to do this, and we are excited to continue our partnership with them in future races! "That's a big deal.". Novum’s ultra-small body maximized aerodynamic efficiency and went against the widely-adopted credo in solar racing that maximizing array area and building a larger, less aerodynamic car is the best strategy. Now, they’ve announced they will no longer participate in this solar-powered car race. Ford yet again graciously allowed the University of Michigan Solar Car Team to test its solar vehicle in its Jacobs Wind Tunnel. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Bearings are sets of spherical components held together by metal rings known as races. Our race crew of 12 students raced across the country in the 2018 Solar Car Challenge We design build and race the best solar car vehicles, with the help of sponsors who are a critical part of our team’s legacy. The models take about six hours to run, which was quickly enough for our Strategy Division to analyze the results during the race and make important tactical decisions pertaining to speed and charging locations while on the road. While physically small, the bearings that JTEKT provided were huge in the overall impact, quality, and performance of our vehicle. IMRA’s support and donations to the University of Michigan Solar Car Team over the past eight years were crucial to the team’s second place finish in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback this past October, and to our ability to race in the 2018 American Solar Challenge this summer. The students get some real world teamwork and problem solving experience not frequently taught in the classroom. This cycle was no exception, with Chuck inspiring us to uphold and further the UM Solar Car tradition of excellence. However, no aspect of vehicle building or planning can come to fruition without what is likely one of the most fundamental components of any car: the wheels. We are grateful for GM’s continued support in providing both these vehicles and financial support. Workshops, curriculum materials, and on-site visits help support the teams. Get the latest news on our operating plans amidst the ongoing pandemic. Without these components, the car would not have functioned, making [Eaton’s] contribution critical to the success of our vehicle.” These components allowed our 2017 Race Crew to raise Novum’s array and angle it in the optimal position. The 2020 Solar Car Challenge was scheduled to take place on April 4th. Novum had an innovative aerodynamic structure and space-grade Gallium arsenide solar cells incorporated into its array. Through this connection, we enable internationals to take part in Eindhoven’s society and to feel at home. The software enables UM Solar engineers to visualize where on a given part the material is important; this visualization means they can better know how stress and load “flow” through the part. “Without Molex connectors,” Caroline explains, “doing this would be risky at best and catastrophic at worst.” Molex made it possible for us to build the optimal solar car by allowing us to be flexible in ways like this when designing our microsystems. Lots of bad and good things happened in 2020. This solar array is not only highly efficient, but also very expensive. As we move into preparing for the 2018 American Solar Challenge and then the design cycle for our 2019 car, we look forward to partnering further with Cummins and continuing this tradition of striving for innovation! Every two years, the team designs, builds and races a solar car across the Australian Outback in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The team needed to assess canopy shape, lower shape, array shape, trailing edge, leading edge, and other characteristics--to develop a strong aerodynamic design, UM Solar Car had to put our best foot forward in regards to all these aerodynamic components, and we had to do it quickly. And even more than that, this speed allowed us to try out a larger number of shape designs and afforded us more time to brainstorm and review results. Being able to race with this full caravan meant that Novum had the support she needed and our Race Crew’s capabilities were not limited. This year, we took a huge leap forward and a huge risk with the novel design of our vehicle Novum. Thank you, 3M, for being everything from the shield that protects us to the adhesive that binds us. At Michigan Solar Car, we pride ourselves on our partnerships in industry. Elcon helps make our battery so reliable because its copper tabbing is such high quality. Thank you, ZF! Teijin allowed Novum to be as formidable and competitive as we had envisioned. In 2016, the Solar Car we designed, built and raced won the US national championship and, in 2017, took 2nd at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in the Australian Outback. The event combines the fun of … Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Copper tabbing involves welding copper to a battery in order to strengthen and aid electric current. As we head into the design cycle for our 15th car, we are looking for new ways to collaborate with Eaton, both in using more of their electrical products and gaining help with engineering design and machining. Even though the Solar Car Challenge has been delayed until next summer, we haven’t stopped working towards our goal of creating a successful, competition-ready solar car to bring to the Texas Motor Speedway in July of 2021. Past Solar Car Challenges. We are always happy when we have the opportunity to partner with different offices, departments, and colleges within the University of Michigan, but working with the Offices of the President and Provost in particular has helped us engage with our university community in new and exciting ways. Thank you, R Systems, for making our historic finish possible! In the past, many of our wheels had formed cracks in the rims, leading to the team spending precious race time on taking care of these structural issues. The solar cars travel over 3,000 kilometers from Darwin in Northern Australia to Adelaide in South Australia over five days. The Solar Challenge should go ahead from 22 to 30 October this year. The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 as an extracurricular program with the initiative to motivate student interest in science, engineering, and alternative energy. The financial support of the Offices of the President and the Provost will not only help us with achieving this goal, but as we continue to strive to be not only the best the solar car team in the United States, but in the world! Here on the University of Michigan Solar Car team, we pride ourselves on systems excellence, and that includes our technical and operational systems. We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in the future! The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy. Team members hard at work in Roush's facilities. Our team is housed in the College of Engineering’s Wilson Student Team Project Center, the hub of all our operations. The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was most certainly a leap forward for us as a team technically, personally, as well as strategically. After all, we built Novum with some of the absolute best carbon and aramid in the world. They believe that science is just science until it is used to solve a problem. High-performing bearings are essential to wheel performance as the size and texture are what allow the wheels themselves to spin with as little friction as possible. There, in order to gain a better comprehension of the performance and efficiency of Novum, team members conducted various aerodynamic tests. Our space in the Wilson Center is vital to our operation. But designs cannot be improved upon in a timely fashion if they cannot be assessed quickly, and on a typical desktop computer, running just one CFD simulation can take an entire day. Thank you, Teijin! Electrical safety and true automotive grade durability were paramount, to say the least. The leading car at the World Solar Challenge bursts into flames and is forced out of the race just south of Port Augusta. 2017 Race Mechanical Engineer, Jake Anderson explains that “Eaton machined three sets of array stand components for us. 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