Our Race Plan


Electrical System, Structures

There are a lot of moving parts at a race and a lot of planning that goes into traveling to Texas, but perhaps the most important variable is our race plan and the strategy that goes along with it. Logistics and travel plans are important to make sure the team arrives on time and are […]

February 11, 2021

Aerodynamics and the Iterative Design Process


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

In finalizing the shell for the Raisbeck Aviation High School Green Energy Team’s Solar Car, the objective was to find the best-designed aerodynamic model. As the structural and mechanical design lead, I worked to complete and test our models in both Autodesk Flow and Siemens STAR-CCM+, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. CFD software essentially creates […]

December 9, 2020

Chassis Build On its Way


General, Structures

The RAHS Green Energy Team has been hard at work constructing the new and improved chassis for this year’s race! We started the build process by creating a jig to ensure the chassis is in accordance with our design specifications and the Solar Car Challenge safety requirements. Alignment of core structural members was key to […]

February 18, 2020

Design 2.0


Featured, General, Structures

We are finally wrapping up the design phase and transitioning into building our second solar car. We plan to remain faithful to the first design’s successes while making significant changes to the exterior layout and solar array.  The most fundamental change is to the body of the car: In order to reduce drag, we’ve moved […]

December 9, 2019

Laying out the “Mockpit”


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

For the past two weeks, we have been working day and night on our first “mock-pit” design for the solar car. The frame is assembled out of our scrap metal and plywood sheets, the bars connected together with plywood gussets. Our most daunting challenge is that we have to ensure the driver can get out […]

October 10, 2019

Sparks are Flying!


Featured, Structures

As we are starting to focus on finishing up the structure of the car, we have a lot of welding to get done putting on structural supports. George, our team welder, has been helping other students on the team learn how to weld. As you can see in the picture to the right, there are […]

April 2, 2019

Mounting the Solar Panels


Structures

Our custom solar panels just arrived last week after much planning and preparation. The panels are semi-flexible and should be highly efficient, but their fragility means we can’t do much with them until we have a secure place to mount them for further testing. Consequently, we have begun to design the panel rack which will […]

January 23, 2019

Back to the drawing board


Structures

As per the brake team’s last post, Starting to Stop, we are in the process of designing a brake pedal that will successfully actuate the calipers of the car, via steel brakes, once mounted to the suspension. In that post, we highlighted the pedal we would be mounting onto the levers by showing a screenshot of the […]

January 22, 2019