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[Emphasis has been placed herein on the main steps in the construction process. Within this domain, most of the material focuses on construction of the composite body shell and the solar cell array. These processes are probably the most unfamiliar to the reader. Remarks on chassis and moldless...
[This chapter discusses ways of measuring the characteristics of a vehicle and that of some of its components. Emphasis has been placed on methods that are straightforward and economical. Wind tunnel testing of models is not economical unless the team can obtain the wind tunnel time as part of a...
[This chapter emphasizes energy management. But this skill is not practiced alone; it is practiced within the context of race management, and it is influenced by the preparations for the race. The fastest racing system wins. Therefore, to put energy management in its proper context, these topics...
[Experience shows that developing a racing system from scratch and competing in a cross-country race, such as the American Solar Challenge, costs $ 50,000–190,000, in cash and in kind, over a 2-year period. Most schools cannot afford this expense. Therefore, the solar car team must seek...
[Most of the ideas in this chapter are originally from Thacher and Compeau. That material is copyrighted by Roskilde University Press and is used with permission. I gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Larry Compeau, my collaborator for several years, and co-advisor of Clarkson...
[The fundamental missions of the American Solar Challenge™ are to promote and celebrate educational excellence and engineering creativity. Fuelled by the spirit of friendly competition and teamwork, the American Solar Challenge (ASC) champions the creative integration of technical and scientific...
[A way of making an estimate of the drag area is to model the car as a composite of shape elements which have known drag coefficients. The drag areas of these shape elements are added to give the drag area of the car at a particular speed. This is called the drag build-up method.]
[The ventilation system influences the cockpit comfort conditions and removes battery-evolved gases and battery-heated air from the battery compartment at a specified minimum rate.]
[This chapter suggests a method by which the performance of a solar–electric car over a route may be simulated. The motivation for writing such a simulation is to study the battery energy consumed as a function of the speed, the road course, or the parameters of the car.]
[This chapter provides a means for estimating the rolling resistance coefficient of a wheel. This information has two uses: it can assist the designer in choosing among candidate wheels and bearings, and it provides rolling resistance coefficientsRolling resistance coefficients to be used in...
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