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June 3, 2004
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Tech Teams Return From Vehicle Competitions
Teams from South Dakota Tech recently returned from three competitions that tested the students’ ability to design, fabricate and race different kinds of vehicles. During the events, Tech student-run teams competed against the best engineering schools in the world. South Dakota Tech is an engineering and science university in Rapid City, S.D.
The South Dakota Tech Human Powered Vehicle team finished in sixth place overall during the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge held at Oregon State University.
The vehicles were judged on design and safety, and in sprint and endurance races against more than 25 teams from across the country. The Tech team, which designed its bike so riders sit in a recumbent position, competed in the single rider events. The Tech team brought home second place in the utility vehicle competition and fifth place in the women's sprint competition.
Human Powered Vehicles are aerodynamic, highly engineered vehicles that may be for use on land, in the water or the air. Some land-based HPVs have achieved speeds of over 60 mph. The point of the competition is the elegance and ingenuity of the design, including presentation, practicality and safety. All areas of engineering problem-solving are addressed.
The South Dakota Tech Mini Baja team finished in seventh place overall in the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers Mini Baja West competition held in Portland, Ore. The team also finished second in the rock crawl event and 10th in the acceleration event. Tech competed against more than 85 engineering design teams from colleges across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Baja cars were judged on design, cost and safety. Teams gave presentations about their cars, and showed off their performance during hill climb, maneuverability and acceleration events. The Baja cars and drivers were also put to the test during the four-hour endurance race over rugged terrain that tested the durability of each vehicle.
Mini Baja simulates real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain. The object of the competition is to provide students with a challenging project that involves the planning and manufacturing tasks found when introducing a new product to the consumer industrial market.
The South Dakota Tech Mini-Indy team finished in 74th place during the annual Mini-Indy competition in Pontiac, Mich. Mini-Indy is an annual contest organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers. More than 140 teams from around the world traveled to the Pontiac Silverdome for the event. The Teach team scored perfect marks in the manufacturing part of the cost competition and placed 20th in the skid pad event.
In the competition, students design, fabricate and compete with small formula style racecars. The focus of Mini-Indy is not simply on who can build the fastest car, but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know-how and creativity. Given certain car frame and engine restrictions, the competition tested students’ knowledge, creativity and imagination. Vehicles are judged on static inspection, engineering design, solo performance trials, endurance trials and on other variables.
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