Northwestern's Solar Car Team

Spring Newsletter 2016

Posted by webmaster on July 06, 2016
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The race is less than 20 days away, and here is the newsletter from Spring Quarter.


Week 7: perfecting electrical system of this year competing car; building SC 7’s frame as designed

Posted by Hangda Zhang on May 15, 2016
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The mechanical team has finished most of the frame. Check out the comparison of the design and the actual work progress! As expected, they perfectly match!



The mechanical team turns over the frame and finishes the welding spots. Alex Silver, a McCormick junior, designs the frame and spends extra time welding more pieces together after Saturday working session.



Alex Silver is carefully welding his “design baby”.



David Geng, a McCormick freshman, is planning to weld more intermediate rods on the current frame but he is being cautious and checking whether the welding on one connection spot is complete or not.



Ben Donahue (left) and Spencer Williams (right), on the electrical team, are testing the system that detects the current coming from the solar panels and sends to drivers to better control driving performance.


NUsolar team is planing to go on a testing trip on Memorial Day weekends. Stay tuned and get excited for SC 6!

Solar Car Skeleton Shaped! — NUsolar Mechanical Team Update

Posted by Hangda Zhang on April 26, 2016
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Diving into the fifth week of the spring quarter, the mechanical team started building the SC 7, based on the design developed in this winter. Having hands on machining, welding and polishing, the team is training and growing with the members while a new generation NU solar car is emerging.

Check the video to see great scenes of machining, and the update from the mechanical lead!

Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is another technique the team members applied to accurately and rapidly cut metal parts. Though using machine is convenient in some case, it still took two hours for the CNC machine to almost complete a steering part.

We made a time-lapse video to show you the simulated machining on a software and the real-life machining.