Momentum - September 2020 - 10

STUDENT
GENERATION

TEAMS FROM INDIA ON RISE
AT FORMULA HYBRID
THE ORGANIZER OF THE FORMULA HYBRID 2020
competition had nothing but praise for the competing
teams.
"The presentations were polished and professionally
done," Mike Chapman, Director of the Formula Hybrid
Competition, told MOMENTUM. "Each team worked hard
to adhere to the updated requirements that were put in
place due to the pandemic. They all did an excellent job
relaying how the pandemic had impacted their project
plans, build plans, and design completion."
One of his main objectives was to make clear from
a project planning standpoint that "sometimes the
unimaginable happens that forces an engineering team
to re-evaluate the project status and strike out in a
different direction to position the project for successful
completion in the future," he added. "Engineers know
that when life throws you lemons, you squeeze them out,
add vinegar, and get to work cleaning up the mess."
Run out of the Thayer School of Engineering at
Dartmouth, Formula Hybrid is part of the SAE Collegiate
Design Series of competitions in which student teams
compete against each other to design the best vehicle
and/or vehicle systems. As was the case with some
(but not all) other CDS competitions, the on-site
dynamic testing events of Formula Hybrid 2020 were
canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The
static portions of the competitions (design reports and
presentations) were conducted virtually in 2020.

The University of Victoria's new virtual dashboard, "which has been
one of the largest developments on the vehicle over the past year,"
said team lead Jules Pare, "is used for testing purposes to track
what's happening on the vehicle in real time."
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"I think the judges were impressed with our electrical designs," said RV College
of Engineering Team captain Kireeti Krishnappa. "The schematics were very well
organized, and clean packaging led to minimal difficulties in debugging."
In many cases, teams left campus for spring break with the intention
of coming back early to complete their vehicles. "Before they could
return, however, most, and then all, of their schools were closed, leaving
them no access to their workspaces or vehicles. Each team had a steep
slope in pulling the required information together without lab access
and only virtual collaboration available," said Chapman.
The competition's judges had especially high praise for three specific
teams, including the two winners of the competition's two classes:
Rochester Institute of Technology (Electric Class) and RV College of
Engineering (Hybrid Class).
For Bob Wimmer, chief judge of the Design Event, "What impressed
me most was how our two Indian teams (Hybrid Class first-place RV
College of Engineering and Hybrid Class second-place SRM University)
have improved their vehicle and component designs over the years.
When they started participating in Formula Hybrid, their designs were
quite simple, and they used mostly off-the-shelf parts. Over the years,
their design and fabrication skills have also grown significantly."
Of RV College of Engineering specifically, Ed March, chief judge of the
Project Management Event of the larger competition, said "good rootcause analysis was performed to identify corrective actions that solve
problems from the previous year's competition. A good action plan with
a heavy focus on reliability was integrated into the project plan."
Of the HotWheelz team from RIT, March noted that the group had
"well defined project goals beyond simply winning the competition,"
along with "excellent, quantified measures of success for evaluating the
extent to which these objectives have been met."

By Patrick Ponticel, MOMENTUM editor

MOMENTUM

8/19/20 9:24 AM



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Momentum - September 2020
Don’t worry students, you got this!
Benefits U
Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Air domination
Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
After 21 tries, Michigan Tech snowmobile team finally sleds to victory in 2020
Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
Briefs
COMVEC 2020 preview
The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
SAE 101: Scholarships
Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
Networking helps keep your options open
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Momentum - September 2020 - Cover2
Momentum - September 2020 - 1
Momentum - September 2020 - Don’t worry students, you got this!
Momentum - September 2020 - Benefits U
Momentum - September 2020 - Formula SAE pivot puts focus on adaptability
Momentum - September 2020 - 5
Momentum - September 2020 - U Calgary is MVP of UAVs at SAE AeroConnect Challenge
Momentum - September 2020 - Avoiding burns in the SAE Supermileage ‘trial by fire’
Momentum - September 2020 - Air domination
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Momentum - September 2020 - Teams from India on rise at Formula Hybrid
Momentum - September 2020 - After 21 tries, Michigan Tech snowmobile team finally sleds to victory in 2020
Momentum - September 2020 - Team from U Michigan takes all 3 titles in re-imagined Baja SAE competitions
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Momentum - September 2020 - Briefs
Momentum - September 2020 - COMVEC 2020 preview
Momentum - September 2020 - The IC future points to more downsizing, lean mixtures
Momentum - September 2020 - SAE 101: Scholarships
Momentum - September 2020 - Dossier: María Fernanda Castillo of VIKUA
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