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THE RVCE SOLAR CAR TEAM - A R.V. College of Engg. Initiative

by Team FUCCHA

 

 

A team, A dream, A challenge, an event, 3022 kilometres and spirits held up high! We think this is a perfect description of a team which was the only one to represent India in the World Solar Challenge 2015. We are called the  “RVCE Solar Car Team”. We are a completely student run congregation of like-minded engineering students that design and build Solar Electric Cars. The main objective of our team is to promote the use of solar energy in the transportation sector and drive research and innovation into solar technology. This is one of the most advanced, dynamic, and publicized student solar initiative. We as a team, have redefined our objectives, to build the car of the future!

 

 

We are currently working towards building our Prototype 2.0, trying to incorporate better designs and technology. Our primary target is to build the car, and create awareness about the future of sustainable transportation. We would also like to participate in the World Solar Challenge 2017, this time aiming at a podium finish. To take off this cycle of the project we have made some successful collaborations with well-known companies including Wipro, HHV Solar, Mitsubishi Rayon Ltd., IBM, Sunpower, Tata Advanced Materials Limited, and the list is still getting filled. Companies provide us with their assistance on grounds of technical as well as, financial. In return we provide our corporates with our remarkable branding proposal and social media marketing.

 

 

There is a unique organisation of our team which makes us very efficient and inculcates in us the soft skills necessary to sustain in this competitive world. Our team is divided into four sub-divisions which are further divided into smaller sub-divisions. The people who are responsible for the work that happens is the whole team. The four sub-divisions are mainly Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Logistics, Sponsorship and Marketing.

 

 

The series of events from the beginning until now has always left us with an experience we cannot forget. When we talk about our mechanical team, they are the ones who fuel up the entire environment in our workshop using all the tools and machinery to build a sound structure. The mechanical team lead off by learning the distinctions of all the subsystems involved in the vehicle and then took up the herculean task of designing it part by part. This resulted in a radical design wherein the driver was offset to a side rather than the conventional centralized design. The design enabled the team to reduce the drag force on the vehicle while simultaneously optimizing the lift and down force characteristics. A new suspension system was considered which CNC milled to perfection and a new steering system following the Ackerman geometry was put in place. We got the rack and pinion manufactured along with new universal joints that have more stability and reduced play which summed up to a car that handles better. We used the master cylinder for brakes and balance bar. We also, designed the brake pedal assembly and set up the positioning of cylinder for proper and safe trader of brake fluid. 

 

 

FOREIGN PROFESSORS INTERESTED IN OUR PROJECT

 

 

The electronics team is crucial here as they set the important components to drive our electric vehicle. They spent the first few months in experimentation and learning through hands on experience. In the solar array, they reduced the weight and improved the harnessing. New methods of encapsulation were tested and incorporated. The design of the array was completed with the guidance of our alumni. In the battery domain, the design was completed. This implemented our BMS circuit in here which has also been working successfully. We also used the DC Chroma source to charge the battery while testing Soleblaze-1. The telemetry system was successful in obtaining the data from the BMS circuit through wireless communication. Finally, with regards to the motor, we have tested our old MITSUBA motor and have obtained values for the speed, torque and the rotations per minute. We have also, imported our batteries from Japan which will be reaching us soon, they contain the Panasonic cells. 

 

 

The sponsorship team has been focusing extensively on reaching out to companies, particularly solar enthusiasts who might be interested in our project. Building a relation with the companies is a critical aspect of sponsorship which includes constantly updating them on our work, on the progress we make and some of the new areas we would work on! To build one of the most advanced electric vehicle in the world we need various companies supporting us on the technical front as well as, financially. As we are a completely student run project, we must clear the customs and bear the charges as and when we import/export a component. These technicalities are handled effectively by the Logistics Team. Thus we have tried cutting cost on various materials such as the Carbon fibre, solar cells and various other electrical and electronics components. In return the team is working on offering cost effective branding at various platforms i.e. India and Australia. We also conduct workshops, attend various events such as Zinnov Confluence, Indian Innovation summit and participating in various competitions in and around Bangalore has helped us publicize our sponsors. The previous year has been a thrilling experience, we have been awarded for place in various competitions like Dr AIT being one of the them. The media team has been exclusively working on building a strong foundation particularly on the social media forums viz reaching out to more like minded people.

 

 

A shout out to all our supporters and enthusiasts.  A spectacular thanksgiving to all our sponsors on board for our 2017 event. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Category Archives: Life At College

THE RVCE SOLAR CAR TEAM - A R.V. College of Engg. Initiative

by Team FUCCHA

    A team, A dream, A challenge, an event, 3022 kilometres and spirits held up high! We think this is a perfect description of a team which was the only one to represent India in the World Solar Challenge 2015. We are called the  “RVCE Solar Car Team”. We are a completely student run congregation of like-minded engineering students that design and build Solar Electric Cars. The main objective of our team is to promote the use of solar energy in the transportation sector and drive research and innovation into solar technology. This is one of the most advanced, dynamic, and public