Temperatures Affect More Than The Drivers and Crews

Bored engineers will find something/anything to build, take apart, modify or measure. Yesterday’s favorite device was an IR temp sensor that was reporting concrete surface temps of 142 degrees F, with actual air temps around 103.
Ambient temps affect team strategy, but electric FSAE teams have been sweating more than their petroleum-powered cousins because high-tech batteries don’t like the heat. DC-powered cars have temp sensors all through their systems, monitors designed to shut down the car should battery temps get too high. E-teams LOVE mild days and the Miners have caught some luck from overnight showers. It’s still cloudy at the endurance course green flag so S&T’s Artemis’ power system should operate more efficiently. E-cars will run right after lunch, followed by the faster combustion machines.
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Formula electric scoring? Eight in design out of some twenty teams and top five* in cost, skidpad, autocross and acceleration!
Their endurance race strategy is conservative. They’ve scoped out the top teams and see potential weaknesses in each, so the Miners’ mantra is ”Don’t overdrive, just finish!”
*Only five electric teams passed all inspections. Some fifteen more trailed S&T in design execution/safety. But make no mistake, this team is thrilled! They met they goal of qualifying and running dynamic events. The icing on the cake would be to finish endurance.

Formula Electric Passed Tech!!!

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…and will run the dynamic events tomorrow! As often stated, E-Racing is new in the U.S., in only three years old. During that time fewer than 10 North American cars out of 30+ teams have qualified to drive, and the Miners managed that in only … [Continue reading]

FSAE Glides Through Tech Inspection

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Almost. You’d think with two other Formula design events (7th in Michigan and 1st in Toronto) under their belts in the past month that passing tech would be a slam dunk. Not so. One tech inspection judge took a dim view of their safety harness … [Continue reading]

Formula Electric: “We’re Gonna Run!”

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Codemeister Nathan Loika made that all-important decree late this afternoon. S&T’s Artemis sailed through eTech inspection today with but two small changes to make, protecting high-voltage wires and confirming a ground connection. Megan … [Continue reading]

The Martians Have Landed

Space travel is fraught with risk. There’s the outbound voyage, long and boring (think Kansas), the terror of the unknown inter-planetary void and finally the touch down on the surface of ________(enter name of your favorite planet/moon). Imagine … [Continue reading]

High Tension and High Fives

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Classes are out but design team work goes on. Steel Bridge is in Provo, Utah, and June has Robotics in Michigan, FSAE to Toronto and Lincoln, Nebraska, Formula Electric also at Lincoln, and AAVG Rocket and Mars Rover events just an hour away from … [Continue reading]

Racing In A Winter Wonderland

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The Michigan Formula SAE Collegiate Design competition is always a weather crapshoot. It’s early spring in the northern tier states and blasts of cold air are not uncommon so event veterans come prepared for anything. Students new to the event? … [Continue reading]

To The People Who Got Us Here

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S&T's Formula SAE team is at the Michigan International Raceway for the annual SAE contest. There's lots of stories to tell and pictures to show, but first, please join Miner Racing to thank Joe Boze, who passed away last year. For years Joe … [Continue reading]

Down to the Sea in Ships. And Rovers, Cars And Bridges.

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Even Spring tornadoes don’t create the level of chaos that student design teams can spread across campus and beyond. This week had Mars Rover introducing Zenith to an appreciative campus crowd while Baja SAE was mudding their way through the … [Continue reading]

Redbuds and Rocket Fuel

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Springtime in the Ozarks, when it seems all operations move outdoors. When you have important business to conduct the ideal setting might be a remote woodland glade, well away from civilization. Better yet, by the side of a small, pristine … [Continue reading]