In case you didn't notice our tweet two days ago..


This was the aerodynamics team meeting on Sunday early morning.
(Fun fact: some of them regularly wake up at 6am to jog around the campus!)

Having experience in OpenFOAM for 5 years, Prateek gave us a quick run through of how to perform computational fluid dynamics(CFD) on OpenFOAM.

The car model seen in the picture above was drawn using Eppler 374 airfoil. The first model to be meshed and tested is expected to come out in early June. Stay tuned for that!

We are also very grateful to be able to use the cluster computer in the Talbot Laboratory. We now need days instead of weeks to perform CFD, so we'll have more time to perform more iterations on our car model!


Lastly, meet our aerodynamics team! We split our body team into the aerodynamics team and the fabrication team. The aerodynamics will be in charged of designing the sleekest solar car possible, while the fabrication team will turn designs into products. They will be in charged of everything that has to do with the fabrication of the car body, which will be made of composite materials.

(Clockwise) Hugo, Sim, Alex, Prateek, YK, Je.

Welcome to our site!! *It's still under construction*

Our goal for this semester:

To build a scaled down electrical system of a solar car!

Because this is our first time building a solar car, we figured we should first experiment our designs on a smaller system first.

This prototype will consist of 22 Sunpower C60 solar cells, an MPPT, 21 18650 Lithium-ion cells, a battery management system and a load. A prototype panel made of Kevlar where the solar array will be mounted on will also be fabricated. 



Sunpower C60 Solar Cells



Panel (CAD Model)



MPPT
(Testing out our boost converter circuit on a breadboard. The circuit will be printed on a PCB!)




Batteries



Battery Management System

Linear Technology very generously gave us these two boards, a DC1652A Demo Board for LTC6803-02 Multicell Battery Stack Monitor & a DC590B USB Serial Controller for QuickEval Demo Board as samples!


We will also test out Texas Instruments' BQ76PL536A evaluation module in the near future! 

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