“World record or bust!” seems to be the attitude for a determined group of young engineers from California.
The Prototype Vehicles Laboratory (PROVE Lab) at Cal Poly is determined to reach 65 miles per hour in their new solar car. This feat is exceptionally tough to accomplish because of the power limitations that are inherent when utilizing solar panels. Fortunately for the team, they have some talented engineers, unrelenting school support, and a solid plan of how to accomplish their objective.
In order to assess the effectiveness of their design, the team relies on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). This program simulates what happens with airflow as it passes over an object of interest on a computer numerically. Rather than test each version, this program helps to save time by digitally reviewing the impact of drag on their vehicle.
According to the PROVE Lab website, they promise that this will be one of the most efficient road vehicles ever made. During construction of the car’s 20-foot-long upper shell, HEATCON-provided materials were utilized. As one of the most critical aerodynamic and structural components of the car, this piece must be perfect. The team has already redesigned several iterations in order to make their car lighter, leaner, and more powerful than previous record holders.
We are so excited to see the team reach their goal. For more information on the project, visit the Prove Lab website.