Monday, May 23, 2011

Picture update

I thought I would add some pictures of the work we have been up to. I'm avoiding the shop while the EEs works on the car and make it beep constantly.

EES doing some final testing on the car before the road trip

Tim the Beaver with solar car making tools. Razor blades are the best tools for everything from cutting holes in Kevlar layups to applying epoxy. The wall behind him has some testing samples of composites methods we use on the car.

Video of our canopy hinge working. It's made with a four bar linkage that results in upward lift before turning to make the canopy clear the roll bar.

FEA of the spindle. The main point of all the testing is to find out what breaks before the race. The spindle shown was bent during some initial testing on a track. Nothing else was damaged including the driver. The wrong alloy and heat treatment was ordered on this bent spindle, which has been fixed. It was fairly amusing how perfectly the FEA and real deformation matched.

Applying the solar array. After encapsulating our solar cells, we applied them to the array using silicone adhesive. The sand bags are to keep everything flat while the silicone cure. We did this process at night to avoid bothering everyone in the building with the smell of vinegar, which silicone release while it cures.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Testing for the Summer Road Trip

We're heading out on a summer road trip tomorrow for some open road testing and sponsor visits. After finals, the team has been working hard on final preparations to get the car fully operational.
Our approximate route is below.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


On April 12 he MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team unveiled its 2011 World Solar Challenge Vehicle Chopper del Sol. The event was held in Lobby 10 and featured talks regarding the various systems of the car as well as new design features.

The event was a great success!
Thank you to all the sponsors, MIT faculty, students, press, alumni, as well as family and friends who attended. Here are a couple more pictures courtesy of Ed Moriarty:

Check out our new homepage with Chopper del Sol! Thanks to James Granata for the awesome design.

Over the next couple weeks the team will be testing Chopper around Cambridge as well as during our team road trip to the midwest. Check back here for more updates throughout the summer!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Platinum & Gold Sponsors

The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team is proud to announce the addition of our newest Platinum Sponsor: Konica Minolta.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, announced they will be supporting MIT SEVT for the next two years as a Platinum Sponsor.

“Sponsoring the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team and their participation in the upcoming World Solar challenge supports our dedication to both innovation and the environment,” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. “The team’s efforts demonstrate what can happen when two important initiatives come together, and as a Platinum Sponsor, this further demonstrates how stakeholders can count on Konica Minolta to continue encouraging advancements in environmental sustainability.”

We look forward to working with Konica Minolta in the future - they recently came by the shop at MIT to present the team with a check!

Also joining the MIT SEVT family as a Silver Sponsor is Lockheed Martin. We met our Lockheed contact at a career fair on campus that SEVT attended, and Lockheed was very interested in supporting the team. Recently, a group of Lockheed executives toured the shop to check out the car and our facility - they left very impressed and vowed to support the team in the future.