In other words, if our racers, wheels, and battery make our car move, then Saturn makes our car work. Eaton provided products that helped in the assembly of Novum over the summer of 2017, as well as engineering support throughout both 2017 and 2018 as we raced Novum in 2 races. These optimizations told our engineers which were the lightest, safest designs; they then interpreted these results into a manufacturable layout and stacking pattern, which also aided our Race Crew during carbon manufacturing. We are grateful for GM’s continued support in providing both these vehicles and financial support. 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 fabrics that will soon go onto the molds must first be carefully cut into specific patterns or shapes, and kitting makes fabric placement easier because it involves cutting sets of fabric patterns and assembling them into kits. 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. “We want to become market leaders. The team is eager to see the diversity of thought that these plans may bring to the team. In this article, you’ll find all about what made an impact on the PSV Eindhoven... By providing daily news updates, we aim to connect international people living in Eindhoven to Eindhoven’s people, organisations and society. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. And for those of us at UM Solar Car, 3M’s unique versatility could not be more evident. Then, resin was applied via resin infusion and the plies were then “debulked,” or compacted in a vacuum bag. 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. We design, build, and race the world's fastest solar cars, and are America's #1 team. Our car saw temperatures in the 100s, thunderstorms and very high winds along the 1,800 mile journey. This allowed us to maintain the fast pace our design and build cycles called for. If certain benchmarks are not reached, the whole project is in jeopardy. This minimizes the creation of voids, or air pockets, in the laminate, which would likely weaken the composite. Use of the GM cars as caravan vehicles during our current mock race and the 2018 American Solar Challenge, where we seek our seventh consecutive title, is extremely valuable. 1 team. 46 talking about this. To our biggest fan and longest supporter: thank you, Chuck! “From providing engineering advice at design reviews and stopping by the Wilson Center to see the car as it’s being built to being right by our side during the race, Chuck embodies UM Solar Car and wishes the best for the team always. Chuck has been a longtime friend of the team. 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. The Solar Car Challenge is the top project-based STEM Initiative helping motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. We were provided with bearings for our wheels, modeled down to the most minute specifications. 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. According to BWSC 2017 Race Crew Engineering Director Clayton Dailey, “The equipment TE Connectivity gave to the team simplified and expedited our high voltage component handling, helping us immensely during the race.”. And for newer members of the team, Perry elaborates, Inspire helps teach newer members how to properly load and constrain parts and assemblies, gaining them a better overall understanding of the importance of design constraints. Read its story here. Twaron, for example, increased the impact resistance of the carbon fiber laminate, ensuring superior protection in the event of a crash. “For the more experienced members, it lets the team squeeze every last ounce of unnecessary weight out of our components,” Perry details. 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. 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. 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. Thank you! Without it, the students who have been on this team would not have had the amazing experiences and opportunities they have today.” We always love working with IMRA, we can’t thank IMRA enough for all that they have done for us, and we’re looking forward to working with them more in the future! We could not have won second place without you! During the design cycle, our team works at a rapid pace and on an exacting timeline. For example, Ford milled the plug for our new canopy, which is currently in the process of being built. Thanks to the reliable wheels we had machined by ZF, we were able to move full speed ahead—both literally and figuratively—to our first-ever 2nd place Bridgestone World Solar Challenge finish. Having an efficient and well-connected high voltage system allowed us to move forward and perform to our highest potential. 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. This year, we partnered with JTEKT, a huge supporter of our efforts in order to work on one of the most ubiquitous parts of a car, the wheels. Here, Roush’s CNC knife cutters allowed for precision cutting of our materials. It's a race full of speed, spills and sometimes heartbreak. 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. Add this onto the fact that we were dealing with exposure to some of the harshest natural elements the world has to offer, and this can easily seem like an overwhelming situation. The ability to train on road, make supply runs, attend meetings with sponsors, and interact with the public helps the team function like a well-oiled machine. Thank you, JTEKT, for being an integral part of the efforts which move us forward and the spirit which keeps us going. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Electrical safety and true automotive grade durability were paramount, to say the least. We look forward to continuing this trajectory by collaborating with Roush as we make changes to Novum and prepare for the upcoming American Solar Challenge! ZF also provided us with shock absorbers that Jake says “never once failed us and required minimal maintenance, allowing us to focus on other car systems.”. In addition to the financial support from General Motors, having access to GM vehicles throughout our design and build cycles were critical. “When the team needs to iterate over a number of different aerodynamic components of the car, the design process can easily span more than a year,” explains 2017 Head Strategist Alan Li. IMRA has continually supported UM Solar at every turn, helping us make connections in industries that have greatly benefited the team. We were able to try something new and take that risk and execute it well because of R Systems’ support. And ZF was there for us to ensure that Novum, our smallest solar car, would move forward. They also, of course, reduce the risk of electrical failures, such as unintended shorting.”. 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! The HyperWorks suite was particularly useful for composite analysis, allowing our engineers to determine whether aspects of the design would fail under specific conditions. Every race, we have a new Race Crew and a new car built around new regulations that ultimately shape design and fabrication. Without high-quality bearings, our car is unable to move quickly or efficiently. Teijin also proved to be an invaluable partner, helping us stay on track when our timeline was crunched. All the while, Roush staff were on hand, helping UM Solar Car build a better car by providing layup tips, watching for any errors, and advising team members on the best materials to use and where to use them. Our historic second-place finish did not come without great effort—but it wasn’t just our own efforts. The connectors we received from TE saved us an immense amount of time on crimping, connecting, and disconnecting our high voltage components. 2012 Solar Car Challenge “Willing to Fail.” – Erienne Mccray, former Oregon Solar Car Team Captain. Technical performance comes from many parts, with one of the most important being the very wheels which move the car itself forward. The event combines the fun of … The event has had over two decades of organized events in North America. The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was most certainly a leap forward for us as a team technically, personally, as well as strategically. These were the scenes from this year's World Solar Challenge. Here, the team designs, stores composites and materials, meets to discuss sourcing, hosts corporate sponsors, welds, saws, sands, and more. The leading car at the World Solar Challenge bursts into flames and is forced out of the race just south of Port Augusta. Solar Car Challenge is funded by voluntary contributions to Clark Public Utilities Green Lights Program; Teams of students design, build, and race solar hybrid model cars; School districts from across Clark County are invited to participate and lead teachers are provided solar car kits and classroom curriculum to help facilitate the endeavor Our Operations Director, Peter Rohrer, highlights how significant Roush’s support is to the success of the Michigan Solar Car Team, saying, “Roush’s unparalleled workspace and expertise in composites manufacturing are a crucial asset to us, allowing us to have total confidence in the performance of our vehicle’s structures, which are made entirely of composite materials.”. When you have people coming from different backgrounds in a multidisciplinary environment like UM Solar Car’s, people will be able to bring different strengths to the table. Altair’s HyperWorks streamlined the composite analysis process, and its Inspire software was similarly crucial during the metal parts optimization process. We also had the ability to run assembly analysis to confirm that these optimized parts would coordinate properly as a system, ensuring that we had a car greater than the sum of its parts. “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. The Solar Car Challenge is a solar car race that takes place at UC Merced. Now, heading into the 2018 American Solar Challenge, we can feel confident; we know that in partnering with Teijin, we put our best foot forward during the manufacturing process and built a car that was safe as well as fast. Our space in the Wilson Center is vital to our operation. Molex, LLC has long been a valued sponsor of the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, supporting our operations with top-of-the-line connectors that make our system reliable, polished, and easy to repair. 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. When we built Novum, Ford milled plugs from our tooling board for us to use in our composites manufacturing process. Mobility means a lot to our operational efficiency. The two most notable solar car distance (overland) races are the World Solar Challenge and the American Solar Challenge. Our first Team Relations Coordinator, Abigail Siegal, comments, “I’m excited about the things we have in the works! Bit by bit, we pieced our car together using Teijin carbon. TE provided us with high voltage system connectors as well as contactors, which connect our electrical systems and activate them, respectively. The aerodynamics simulations, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tests, require a great deal of computational power, and R Systems provided us with that power. 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. This solar array is not only highly efficient, but also very expensive. Since the very beginning, Chuck has been a mentor and advocate to the University of Michigan Solar Car Team. With this unconventional smaller solar car, Michigan Solar Car hoped to go big by going small, and building with Teijin’s high-quality carbon fiber equipped us to do just that when the time came. These give a real professional feel to our electronics and generally improve the appearance. The involvement of Offices of the President and the Provost makes it easier for us to do just that! 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. With the help of R Systems, UM Solar Car stayed on track both during the design cycle and during the race. Hand layup is a composite fabrication method that involves layering fabric onto the molds. With strong and durable physical connections from the battery to motor controllers, battery to array controls, and motor controllers to motors, our race crew could have the utmost confidence in our system efficacy and focus in on race strategy. “Although Teijin is a first-time sponsor, they are very enthusiastic and helpful,” says Race Operations Engineer Janice Lau. During the design phase, Novum’s aerodynamic efficiency was always a top priority. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) is the world’s premier solar-powered car race where young engineers from all over the world compete with their self-designed solar cars. The team also performed other air flow tests at different yaw angles. This would make life for Novum particularly hard; as a car whose sole energy source is the unreliable sun, it helps to have a dependable battery pack. We would not have been able to do all of this in our base of operations, the Wilson Student Team Project Center; Roush made Novum’s construction possible, and made the construction process run that much more smoothly. Our 2017 Project Manager, Jonathan Cha, emphasizes our valuable relationship with IMRA: “Our team and IMRA have shared an almost decade-long relationship. This means that Ford Milling had a direct hand in helping the University of Michigan take its most aerodynamic car to date off of the drawing board and into reality. Since he first ran with the car Maize and Blue in 1993, Chuck has given our cars this send-off at the start of nearly every solar race in a sign of solidarity and tradition. The 2017 World Solar Challenge was no exception, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way! According to UM Solar Car Operations Director Vignesh Jagathese, "3M has consistently helped the University of Michigan Solar Car Team through our toughest design cycles. University teams participate in order to give their students experience in designing high technology cars and working with environmental and advanced materials technology. Nearly all of the composite fibers for the car came from Teijin. While physically small, the bearings that JTEKT provided were huge in the overall impact, quality, and performance of our vehicle. In doing this, Roush granted us the opportunity to use specialized equipment to enhance our efforts each step of the way. With everything we do, we take a systemic point of view. We covered Novum in tell tails, strings attached at several points on the car that enabled our engineers to gauge turbulence and air flow. Copper tabbing involves welding copper to a battery in order to strengthen and aid electric current. ZF’s hands-on, professional, and world-class assistance helped us move forward in this race—and that is something our members still speak of nearly half a year after the race. Ford also influenced our race operations, providing us with our Lead, Chase, Scout, Weather, and Media caravan vehicles in Australia to support Novum’s trek across the Outback. You have entered an incorrect email address! After a long day of work, this was a great opportunity for Race Crew to decompress and spend time with Chuck, something they were very grateful for. As an organization with goals to achieve environmental efficiency, greater connectivity, as well as technical prowess, it is a huge part of our goals to involve ourselves with partners within the automotive industry in the Greater Detroit Area. The SCC Education Program developed in 1993 as a high school extra-curricular program, and later evolved into the Solar Car Challenge Foundation. “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. While these are ubiquitous aspects to any vehicle, Saturn’s circuit boards boast an incredible level of durability, functionality, and energy efficiency which we at UM Solar value immensely. A staunch supporter of UM Solar Car, Altair provided the team with generous access to its HyperWorks® software suite and Inspire®, as well as with technical advice. The American Solar Challenge (ASC) is a multi-day, 1,500-2,000 mile cross-country endurance rally across North America. 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. Bearings are sets of spherical components held together by metal rings known as races. Eaton and UM Solar Car both are interested in pushing what’s next in eMobility. The Solar Car Challenge will depart Sunday from the Northwest ISD Administration building, just west of Texas Motor Speedway, and the trip concludes July 23 in … Altair’s OptiStruct® solver also aided in composite analysis, running optimizations that our engineers could base on certain criteria that they assigned. ZF’s machining capabilities were of great help to our mechanical team. It follows three cars being blown off the road yesterday in strong winds. Because of the unique design of our car, we came across many challenges as a team. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation is designed to help motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. Our team is grateful for IMRA’s continuous contributions and friendship. And so we say Thank You to the team at TE Connectivity who have helped us and worked with us on the 2017 World Solar Challenge and more. Thank you, 3M, for being everything from the shield that protects us to the adhesive that binds us. Not only were they of the utmost reliability, but they helped us thrive under the extreme temperatures and extreme road conditions of the Outback. Chuck’s contribution set us one step closer and eventually helped this dream come to fruition. I’ve been looking into ways to relieve the financial burden of racing, new ways of recruiting, and different team bonding events we can do. The Solar Car Challenge is designed to motivate students in science, engineering, and alternative energy. This student team won the Solar Challenge in Australia. We couldn’t have done it without you! “Molex has never failed us,” Caroline aptly praises. While this was not Eaton’s first cycle with the team, we were thrilled by their increased involvement this cycle! And although our electrical engineers could have just soldered the wires in, it would be unwise to place 12 volts so near to the ground and position the two CAN communication lines close to one another without Molex connectors to provide insulation. 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. Our engineers assigned material properties to the geometry of Novum’s CAD designs, and then applied loads using HyperMesh®, which illustrated the stress and strain values throughout the structure. And now, as we look to the American Solar Challenge this summer, we are excited to continuing work with Altair to ensure Novum meets regulations. Daily news in English to connect internationals to the local life, Local solar team ends Solar Challenge run. We could not have done it without you! 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. Join the number one team in America, and help us build the fastest solar car in the world. Th… General Motors has been a staunch supporter of the University of Michigan Solar Car Team since the team’s inception, and we have been delighted to partner with them again as we prepared to race Novum both across the Australian Outback and along the Oregon Trail! “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. For us, this is a crucial step in the battery-building process because incorrect welding of this copper increases the chances of experiencing voltage drops. Corporate teams participate in the races to give their design teams experience of working with both alternative energy sources and advanced materials. The American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. And during the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge last fall, R Systems provided our Strategy Division’s Weatherman the capacity to run models while racing in the middle of the Australian Outback. This student team won the Solar Challenge in Australia. JTEKT’s enthusiasm with our project could not be beat as the services they offered us made us truly feel the strength of our relationship. And thanks to the high quality of Teijin materials, we were able to proceed with construction and racing with full confidence in the structural integrity and safety of our vehicle. The event is typically held every other year during the summer and is open to collegiate level solar car teams from countries all over the world. We are now working together in preparation for the 2018 American Solar Challenge, making sure our team successfully modifies Novum to comply with regulations. That, and the Lightyear launch means Solar Team Eindhoven won’t take part in this year’s race. They are contested by a variety of university and corporate teams. 3M is a company rooted in scientific exploration and discovery, and they are ever evolving. The Eindhoven University of Technology’s Solar Team Eindhoven has gained fame in recent years. In Australia, we had a lot riding on our performance. As a team, we were working with the novel, boundary-pushing design of our smallest vehicle yet, Novum. Our recruits study at one of the top engineering schools in the world, and this means that our engineers are talented and dedicated, and well-equipped to handle the challenges of designing, building, and racing a solar car. Roush enabled us to build the car that performed so successfully in Australia this fall. The Eaton team was eager to help our team as they looked for a platform to showcase advancing technologies. Every two years, the team designs, builds and races a solar car across the Australian Outback in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We’re both located in Ann Arbor and share a similar passion in innovative technologies. However, the high-quality circuit boards allow for us to save time and increase the reliability of our electric systems as their compactness, connectivity, and stability against movement make it easy for us to organize and utilize our multitude of electronic system components. “So, we contacted R Systems to ask for more resources. That, and the Lightyear launch means Solar Team Eindhoven won’t take part in this year’s race. 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. “Without ZF’s machining capabilities, we wouldn’t have been able to manufacture our front and rear wheels,” says 2017 Race Mechanical Engineer Jake Anderson. 3M products are heavily used in our manufacturing process, and the high quality of their products helps us build the fastest car possible.". 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