Mech-ing Of A Better Future : Blue Streak & Team ZON Review
A person who envisions the future with imagination or wisdom is alluded to as a visionary. A person who envisions the future and makes it come alive is called an engineer. A group of passionate engineers came together in the autumn of 2016 to pave the future of sustainable mobility by participating in Electric Solar Vehicle Challenge and Human Powered Vehicle Challenge by Imperial Society of Innovative Engineers. Student teams from all over the country show their technical prowess by designing and manufacturing a vehicle and participating in the event with the automobile.
TEAM ZON REVIEW
THE GUIDING ILLUMINARIES
Team ZON 1.0 proved its mettle in its debut in ESVC 2016 itself. It was conferred with the ‘Best Business Plan Award’ and ‘We love memories Award’. The major breakthrough was its 2nd Position in Innovation and Design. In ESVC 2017, Team ZON 2.0 managed to break into top 20 of over 75 participating teams and win a string of awards. It bagged the Green Energy Award and Appreciation Award as well.
TEAM ZON 3.0
Team ZON 3.0 is the official entry of NIT Rourkela in ESVC 2018.The team inductions were held in August alongside that of American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME) NIT Rourkela Chapter. The team comprises of 30 Enthusiasts from different streams of Engineering of NITR.The team is being led by Omkar Patel, a student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who is currently in his 3rd year. The Vice-Captain of the team is Ashish Pradhan from Electronics and Communications and Prof.BBVL Deepak from the Department of Industrial design is the faculty advisor for Team ZON 3.0.
It enlists its goals for the event in 2018 as follows:
- Optimization of chassis and Suspension using Finite Element Analysis Software, to achieve weight reduction and enhance performance.
- Establish a direct connection between the Solar Panels and Hub Panels without any connection from the battery.
- Upgrading to a 2 kW BLDC HUB motor from the 1 kW HUB motor of ZON 2.0.
Team ZON is considered an affiliate of ASME NIT Rourkela. The budget allocated to ASME NITR Chapter by the Student Activity Centre is INR 1,30,000.
The estimated total budget of Team ZON 3.0 is INR 4, 28,112. The production cost is estimated to be INR 2, 56,867. Production is considered to take up 60% of the budget .17 % will be used for Transportation and 5% for Registration purposes. Travel Allowance(TA) and Bills would take up another 13% of the total budget. 5% has been allotted for miscellaneous expenses. The expenses of the team cannot be met by the funds allotted by SAC; hence the team ZON looks forward to meeting the expenses through contributions of every member and sponsorships from Industries and other organisations. The team has received confirmation of sponsorship from NTPC until the month of October.
The design of the vehicle has been prepared and the team will submit the design report on 5th of November. Since the design and cost analysis is over, the next logical step is to move on to purchase of raw materials for manufacturing. The team required a HUB motor as part of the vehicle. However, the unavailability of the motor of required specifications in India has prompted the team to procure it from outside the country, which is an arduous task in itself. Another major glitch is that the lack of space in the Central Workshop renders working of two manufacturing teams difficult. The manufacturing of automobiles of the Team Roadrunner and Team Black Mamba Racing are in progress and Team ZON could begin manufacturing only after they finish.
ESVC 2018 is scheduled for March 2018. Despite all odds, Team ZON 3.0 aims at achieving feats in the event and inch a step ahead in harnessing green energy for a better and brighter future. Monday Morning wishes that the Team ZON achieves its goals and sets new standards in the student community of engineering.
TEAM BLUESTREAK REVIEW
While one team under the umbrella of ASME tries to manufacture a wholly functioning solar-powered vehicle, its elder counterpart, Team Bluestreak tries to manufacture advanced solutions for the human-powered vehicles.With a team of 18 enthusiasts in place, they endeavour to reach new heights in the upcoming event due in March 2018.
THE GUIDING ILLUIMINARIES
Team Bluestreak has been a consistent performer in HPVC (Human Powered Vehicle Challenge) for the past 4 years and is gearing up for their 5th attempt at the challenge. With previous successes including an all India 9th position from Blue Streak 3.0, with the 2nd prize in design, this was followed up by Blue Streak 4.0 wherein they managed to secure an all India rank of 24.
Blue Streak 5.0 is the official entry of NITR for HPVC 2018. With a team comprising of freshly inducted freshers and sophomores along with the core members from Blue Streak 3.0, the current strength of the team stands at 18. The team is being led by Rahul Mohanty, a junior from the Department of Chemical Engineering.
With the designing in the final stages, the team has created a chart with central design iterations showing their effect on various other parameters of the vehicle in the chart given below. In a scale of 1 – 3, 3 being the best and 1 being the lowest.
As thought appropriate and most cost-effective, Blue Streak has decided to go on for the 2 wheels recumbent front steering design. Furthermore, the team aims to incorporate innovations into their upcoming HPV like :
1.2-wheeler HPV with a light chassis
2. Kinetic Energy Regenerative System (KERS) – To recover kinetic energy of a moving vehicle under braking.
3.Piezoelectric materials on the pedals to run the headlamps and other electronics embedded into the HPV.
4.Rear wheel disk brake and front wheel and magnetic brake for the front wheel.
5.An adjustable steering system for people with different heights.
As stated in the Qualification report submitted by Blue Streak, the consensus among the team members is that the budget allocated to ASME by SAC is ample to carry forward the year along activities Of Blue Streak without any hiccups.
With the designing of the HPV in progress, the team plans to wrap it up at the earliest and move on towards procuring of materials and thus begin manufacturing.
A common glitch shared with Team Zon is that of lack of space in the Central Workshop, as the permission allows only 2 teams to work simultaneously and with Team Black Mamba and Team Roadrunner currently in their manufacturing stages, it is really difficult for either team to proceed onto the manufacturing stage.
As it is mandatory to buy all the necessary items from GeM, it becomes a tedious task to search for even the smallest item in the website and for items not present in the GEM collection, the process to buy items from other vendors require a cumbersome procedure to be followed, further delaying the process.
Even with all the predicaments in place, Team Blue Streak aims to achieve concrete results through their sheer determination and hard work, thus hoping for a brighter future for both the teams from Team MM.