Suspension Components

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We recently received the suspension components we redesigned. HyTech Spring and Manufacturing in Plainwell, MI machined them for us.

Here’s an overall view of the front mount plates.

The plates now have curves on the tabs to distribute stress that we had difficulties machining in-house previously.

We also received some new linkages.


GM Foundation donation

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We’d like to thank the General Motors Foundation for their recent support of our team!


Here’s an overview of the GM Foundation’s charitable activities, as shown on their website:

“Since its inception in 1976, the General Motors Foundation is dedicated to giving back to communities across the country. Over the past decade, the Foundation has donated more than $315 million in grants to support nonprofit organizations within the areas of Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development.

Today, the Foundation focuses on investments in education that support the next generation of leaders and innovators, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Beyond supporting the education of our nation’s youth from pre-school to college through initiatives like the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, the Foundation gives students hands-on experiences that further their environmental studies and cultural experiences within their communities. In addition, the Foundation has a 15-year partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide to provide programs that lead to safe habits both inside and outside of cars.”

Final Fall Meeting

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It’s that time of year. Classes are over, finals are here, and we wrapped up our last solar car meeting for fall quarter this past Saturday. While not a lot of work was done on the car itself this quarter, we have accomplished much in terms of planning for 2014. We’re planning on installing new updates on the car, including

  • A new BMS board with updated software.
  • New M12 cables for our telemtry and communication systems, thanks to Balluff’s kind donation.
  • A new canopy designed by David which will be more aerodynamic and give the driver better access to the steering wheel.
  • An integrated brake/parking brake system.
  • A back wheel fender to keep water and debris out of the cockpit.

Several of the freshmen are also working on designing a new array stand to help us better recharge our batteries during the Rayce, when we are only allowed to use whatever power we can capture from the sun at the end of each day. The new stand, like the one it replaces, holds the entire top shell of our vehicle, allowing us to angle the solar cells more directly towards the sun as well as giving us easy access to the wiring on the underside should electrical issues arrise.

During the winter it is difficult for us to test the car on the roads due to the high amounts of snow Evanston receives, so one of our projects for winter is to build a dynamometer to enable us to simulate road driving while keeping the car indoors and stationary. Advisor Dana is heading up an independent engineering 399 with several of the team members and hopes to have it completed by the end of winter quarter.

Have a happy new year!

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NU Solar Team 2013

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Team Picture

Today we had our first ‘real’ work session of the 2013 year (the last two were just introductions and cleaning out the Autobay for inspection). Everybody is jumping right into projects so that we can get the car road-ready before the first snows come. High on our priority list of things we need to get done are fixing one of our broken mounting plates, and finding an integrated parking brake system which will allow us to both stop and park the car with the same break callipers.

In the meantime, say hello to the new NU Solar team for the 2013-2014 year. We’ve got quite a number of new freshmen coming to the team this year. One thing to notice is the large clumping of people named Alex on the left-hand side (there’s five of them)! We don’t know quite how this happened, but it’s going to make for an interesting year.

Project Pumpkin 2013

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This past Thursday, the NU Solar Team participated in its first ever Project Pumpkin. We set up a table at the Norris Student center and served up a Halloween-themed STEM activity (and candy, of course) to kids from the greater Evanston area. We gave them pretzels and marshmallows and they built really awesome structures. Check out the photos (and the awesome Iron Man costume)!

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We finished cleaning out the shop last Saturday, so tomorrow we can start working seriously on the car.

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