SERRT UPRM SOLAR CAR
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
The project running under the supervision of SERRT (Solar Engineering Research Racing Team) involves building a solar powered car capable of racing in the World Solar Challenge and the American Solar Challenge. This will be a functional vehicle as far as the rules of the completion and the purpose for which it will be needed. Only a driver will occupy the cockpit and no amenities such as air-conditioning, radio or any other luxury will be included.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
The project started on august 2012 with a group of 29 students from diverse backgrounds of engineering and is still in development for the World Solar Challenge.
What was your goal in building this project?
To design and manufacture the most efficient solar car able to complete the over 1000 miles race in the shortest amount of time possible.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
Our project helps to promote and encourage the future of solar powered transportation and to promote a more eco conscious engineering.
What makes your idea unique?
The project was developed from zero. Developing new technologies in the areas of structure and materials.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Bearings are a vital part of any vehicular project. As known, bearings work in conjunction with shafts to transmit the torque input on the shaft to produce an output reaction required in the mechanism in a efficient manner. In this case, roller bearings will be used inside a hub assembly that’ll support each wheel of the vehicle. Bearings permit the vehicle to transmit the motor’s torque efficiently to the wheels, thus propelling the vehicle forward or back in a cost effective and efficient way. Additionally, bearings will also be used in the steering shaft which will operate the rack and pinion. A ball bearing will be used right after the steering wheel in the bracket supporting the shaft. This will permit the driver of the vehicle to turn the wheel easily without much resistance.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
Our aim is to work hands-on, on solar energy-based transportation. We will put our knowledge to the test, breaking through barriers that challenge us to keep moving towards a new future. The product of our work today will become the technology and designs of tomorrow.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
We will use the money to continue working on the project for the 2013 World Solar Challenge in Australia and to promote solar energy-based transportation.