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Transporter Challenge 2015

Published: Fri 18 June 2015
Transporter Challenge 2015

Our Mechanical and Automotive Engineering and Product Design students recently took part in our annual 'Transporter Challenge'.

The challenge is a group design project which takes place in the second semester of Stage 1, forming part of the Skills for Engineering module. The objective for each team is to design, built and test, from scratch a small, radio-controlled vehicle which can carry a 2kg mass up a steep, loose gravel slope 2.5m in length. But this task is not as simple as it sounds, there a number of constraints placed on the design in terms maximum size, battery voltage and cost.

This allows students to integrate ‘hands-on’ workshop skills with basic engineering science theory. All vehicles are then entered into a competition where the winner is the vehicle which climbs to the top of the slope in the fastest time.

The project replicates the real world engineering experience of having to work to a budget, take into account design constraints and deadlines in order to achieve a number of performance requirements.

Mechanical Engineering lecturer, Dr Steve Wright,  explains the value of the competition: “As well as being a lot of fun and enhancing engineering skills and knowledge, the project teaches the importance of team- working and communication; these transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.”

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