Monday, October 28, 2013
After spending weeks on autodesk inventor and having countless meetings on designing the most efficeint car possible, our team's Cad Model was finally completed. With the October 25th deadline coming up, sending our car design in to Shell seemed an impossible task. Although by putting time in outside of class to finish, our team was able to finish the "Brocket" Cad design a day early! Phase I is complete and now we must wait to see if all requirements were met in our design, which we are expecting to hear on November 15th. Full speed ahead the Blue Devil Racing team is continuing to make improvements and is working towards a hard earned trip to Houston for the Shell-Eco Marathon in the spring!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
We are back! With a new group of seniors that are ready for the final stage of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). We are exited to announce that we have entered into the Shell Eco Marathon which is a worldwide challenge that allows teams from both colleges and high schools to design and build energy efficinet vehicles. Most car competitions race for speed but this competition is all about the amount of energy that your team's car uses. The marathon takes place in Houston, Texas April 24th through the 27th! There are two catagories that teams can enter into and we held a team vote and decided to enter into the prototype division using internal combustion. This was a difficult decision for our team because in the past years Brockport has used battery electric instead of internal combustion. So our team has been doing tons of research in order to learn how internal combustion works compared to battery electric! We are moving in the right direction and we are focusing a lot on the many decisions that are coming our way. Wish us luck!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Unfortunately, National Geographic has been forced to cancel both the university and high school contests because of technical issues with the voting platform that compromised the voting process beyond repair. All participating schools will be awarded a grant of $350 in recognition of their teams' efforts. Thank you for your support!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The WE@RIT (Women in Engineering program) Hot Wheelz team is made up entirely of female engineers from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), in 2012 the team took first place in the Imagine RIT E-Dragster Race. These students are designing a vehicle to compete in the "E-Durance Challenge" devised by RIT president, Dr. Destler during the Imagine RIT event on May 4th. Team Hot Wheelz traveled to Brockport High School to meet and exchange ideas with our very own Blue Devil Racing Team. We're rooting for team Hot Wheelz to take the banjo again! Go Girls!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
We got an early start today in order to move our car to the queue to ensure we would be one of the first cars on the track. With our car near the front of the starting queue, Nicole hit the throttle when the green flag was waved. After the first lap, she noticed something was wrong with the car. The battery seemed to be dead. Last night, we plugged our charger into the battery pack just as we had always done. At some point in the night, the fuse blew in the charger and immediately turned into a battery drain. Knowing it would take four hours to fully charge our battery, we were desperate for a solution to get us back out on the track.
Yesterday, we experienced true southern hospitality. Today we have to thank our neighbors from Cicero North Syracuse, also competing in the Eco-Marathon. They just happened to have an extra 48 volt lithium-ion battery with a battery management system. We quickly fashioned an adapter to connect their battery to our system and we were ready to race! Thank You CNS!
First Attempt: A fuse blew in our battery charger overnight leaving our battery with very little energy. The car made two complete laps before stopping completely.
Thanks to Cicero North Syracuse, we were able to make a second attempt within an hour of leaving the track. Nicole kept a great pace throughout the entire attempt and crossed the finish line with over forty seconds to spare. The brakes held and we finally had an OFFICIAL RUN!!!.
Energy Consumption (J): 301,990
Energy Consumption (m/kWh): 71
With over 30 miles of driving experience, Nicole worked to minimize the energy consumption during the third attempt. She focused on coasting through the corners and keeping a constant pace on the straightaways.
Energy Consumption (J): 248,276
Energy Consumption (m/kWh): 75
There were 45 high schools and university teams competing in the Battery/Electric division of the Shell Eco-Marathon. Brockport's very own Blue Devil Racing team finished 16th in this category! It was well worth the time and effort! Goodnight!