Student Solar Car & Quadcopter Projects

Student Solar Car & Quadcopter Projects

Boeing funded two undergraduate research and design projects in 2016-2017 with the College of Engineering. The aim of the first project was the design of an efficient and reliable solar powered vehicle capable of competing in international competitions. This is a state of the art challenge involving a multidisciplinary team of electrical, mechanical, software and industrial engineering students. Currently in its third year the project continues to develop the skills of the students in research, simulation, experimental design and prototyping, teamwork, and logistics amongst other HQP skills, and it helps them improve their understanding and grades in their courses. The team aims to participate in the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2018 competition in the USA (Figure 1).  

The second project is the design & development of a Solar Powered Multi-rotor UAV (Figure 2).  Thirteen engineering students participated in the past two years. Course enrichment / lab equipment for the project include high-end solar panel for power, 3D Printer for printing final frame design, motors of various powers, microcontrollers, and test frames.

 

 

Figure 1. TOP: Boeing Solar Car Project. Project Supervisor: Dr. Ahmed Oteafy, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Samer Mansour & Current Student Team Leader: Habib Farooq with Boeing & University Executives; BOTTOM LHS Cr Ahmed Oteafy with his students. BOTTOM RHS Solar Car Design

Figure 2. LHS. Dr Abd-Elhamid Taha presenting the results of the design & development of the Solar Powered Multi-rotor UAV (RHS) to Boeing Management