Moonbuggy Race - Spacepass
The participation in this annual announced design competition by NASA achieves for the first time internationality because of the work of a German student team. So far, exclusively USteams took part in this competition. The point is the putting of technical challenges to the youth, connected with the motivation on the work of an engineer, connected with the aims to explore other planets and of course connected with young people having fun in contacting and sportive activities.
Thereby, ethic values get accord, which convey the inquiring mind. The young students have to develop a vehicle which is operated by muscular strength according to the demands of a commission (constiting of head designers of the appollo lunar rover in friendly contact with the designers of the lunochod).
It has to withstand high parameter and demands. It also has to function on a historical area in Huntsville/Alabama and is jugded in different disciplines. All technical, economical, financal and organizatinoal questions have to be solved by the students by themselves. There are two disciplines which differ in the age (High-School and College). Also the construction of the vehicle and the accomplishment of the team seperately are jugded.
The German team has to accomplish much higher challenges. It has to solve additively the logistic of the flight from Leipzig to Huntsville, financing of that and the transport of the vehicle in the baggage. No fraction is permitted to be bigger than 80cm.
According as the mind of an international cooperation in space travel, this vehicle is dedicated to the 95th birthday of Wernher von Braun and the 100th birthday of Sergej Pavlovich Korolev by the students.
On this account, this work is presented to be judged also in Moscow. This is connected with the hope of an active interest in a proceeding international cooperation and interest of the russion students in assembling of an own student team of MAI for the Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville 2008.
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The Shell Eco-Marathontook took place from May, 21st to 22nd in Nogaro/ France. The Team Fortis Saxonia of the Technical University Chemnitz also took part with their vehicle. The SPEEDHUB 500/14 mounted inside the threewheel construction transferred the power of the electric drive onto the road.
The idea behind and the aim of this competition is to invent or construct a vehicle which is able to cover the longest distance with the lowest need for energy. The current record is 3.494 km with just 1 liter fuel. Shell wants to make the idea of "long lasting energy use" accessible to young people and, therefore, actively supports a responsible handling with our energy resources.
At the Shell Eco-Marathon the winner is not the fastes vehicle, but the team with the least fuel consumption.
Look up under: www.fortis-saxonia.de
"Runner", a project which crosses university boundaries, has been developed by students to connect theoretical knowledge with the actual product development. The runner itself is a touring vehicle which goes a step forward into the future with its weather protection and high travelling speed.
Look up under: www.projekt-laeufer.de
Integrated product development "IPE Bike" of the University of Magdeburg. The IPD bike was designed in the study course "Integrated Product Development" of the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. The idea to it occured more than three years before the construction. At first it was intended to integrate the gear box in the bottom bracket.
The development took about year time beginning from the scratch to the first prototype. Tobias Leinhos, Volker Müller, Christian Pfahl, Marcus Lücke, Eike U. von Specht and Thomas Naumann are the members of the core team. All team members are enthusiastic mountain bikers. Especially the rear hub was designed in collaboration with TU Budapest.
"After the early phases with the design concept we asked Rohloff AG and the company Eurobike Zerbst for help for embodiment design, calculations and engineering design, and prototyping. Besides we were supported by Saint Gobain Performance Plastic and special machine construction in Oschersleben."
The IPD bike was presented at the IFMA 2003 and the Hannover Fair 2004 and gained a very high popularity. This project was awarded with the TheoPrax Price 2004 for excellent collaboration between university and industry.
Look up under: http://imk.uni-magdeburg.de/lmi.html
Company Education at Daimler Chrysler AG
The Boat 1, which is called AZUBI POWER (Apprentice's power) during boat racing events, has been put into office in 1997 due to a decreasing of the ship-building sector in Hamburg-Harburg.
DaimlerChrysler took over the boat for their apprentices and made it a spare time project to train them a project orientated work apart from other simulations. Every year there are changes in the construction and the superstructure of the hull to be fulfilled. As they generally let work on the boat all three years of apprentices together, the transfer of knowledge and teamwork of the various professions and years are main part of this project.
Furthermore, the apprentices should work together with students of different company sectors to confirm their own constructions.
In 2005 Rohloff company has joined the project. The Rohloff AG produces a special chain which they put to their disposal. At the World-Cup of human powered boats 2005 they have succeeded in running at full speed 100m sprint and 10km long distance races without any technical fault in the drive.
Another advantage of the chain is the shaft of the boat could be shortened this year for about 300mm. The friction of the water has been reduced remarkably. As they were last year on place 11 of 23 boats, they expect to gain a place under 1 to 8 at the European Masters this year.
The Boat 2 (AZUBI POWER 2) is in preparation. This catamaran will have a shottle (out board) drive within the first step of its construction. In 2007 the deployment of a shovel-shaped wheel driven by the Rohloff 14-speed gearhub is planned. A model of the drive is made up at the moment.