NUsolar End of the Year update

Another school year came to an end! We thought it’s a good time to share an update on the NUsolar team’s status and goals for the upcoming year. FSGP 2018 Due to logistical issues, we haven’t been able to receive the solar cells for SC7 in time and will not …

What’s New in NUsolar: Fall Quarter Update

Overall Progress This Fall quarter was very exciting for NUsolar. As the FSGP approaches, we are getting closer to completing Seven, our 7th generation car.  Most notably, Seven had her first day outside last November during a successful rolling chassis testing. Since then, we’ve been working hard to make sure …

Design Review: Solar Cell Array Design

SC7 Array Design Review Frank Wang Why did we need to redesign the array? The FSGP regulations have changed. Previous regulation: 6m2 Array No Supplementary Array Current regulation: 4m2 Array 2m2 Supplementary Array SC6 Array Design SC6 was made using 3 string array: red, green and blue. Red marks the …

This Week in NUsolar

Updates from the Mechanical Team Aero shell mold design  We finished the design of our aero shell molds. They CAD files will be sent to the manufacturer this week and the molds should arrive in around four weeks Aero shell plan B In case we can’t finish making aero shell …

This week in NUsolar

Updates from the Mechanical Team A promising alternative found for the Aeroshell: Pink panther foam A Chicago-based company Low-risk and timely process Steering wheel prototype Rolling Chassis completion scheduled for November 4th Updates from the Electrical Team Solar Cell Array layout has been finalized! Our two new Mitsuba Motors have …

Aeroshell for SC7

by Tom O’Donnell NUsolar members David, Andrew, and Crystal are working on completing the aerodynamic shell of the team’s new car, SC7. They are using WinCNC software to cut ten 3’ x 7’ white sheets of Ultra Plus, which is composed of high-quality extruded polystyrene foam between two layers of 1mm …

Gordon Prize Awarded to Dean Ottino

by Tom O’Donnell The National Association of Engineering announced in early January that the 2017 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education will be awarded to Julio M. Ottino, dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Mr. Ottino developed a …