Well, the summer is drawing to a close, and I wanted to take a moment to look at all of the progress we’ve made towards our next car. I’ve been spending almost every evening designing new Pressure Recovery airfoils to extrude into our aerobody shapes. We’ve had the computers running almost 24/7 running CFD analysis on our aerobody designs. The mechanical and electrical systems are being designed, we’ve done layout testing at Bombardier, and we’re learning the fabrication techniques we’ll need to build the car over the next year.
It’s been an amazing experience being part of this design team. Sure, it’s a lot of work it can occasionally be frustrating, but it’s great to actually get to apply the skills I learn in my courses to a practical engineering design problem. We get to use Excel, MATLAB, CATIA, ANSYS and a host of other software tools, and I feel like I am improving as an engineer every day.
It’s also great hanging out with the rest of the team. Last month, twelve of us left for three days, canoe camping in Algonquin Park. That was a much-needed holiday after the months of design work, and we all had a great time.
The fall semester is approaching fast, and we’ll all be buried in work once again. I know the road ahead will be long and hard, but just as the team proved with B7, we’ll get through it with a completed solar car and a trip to Australia. I can’t wait.
Arthur Brown, Aerodynamicist