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Missouri S&T’s Human Powered Vehicle Design Team recently earned first place at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers two 2020 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Digital Competitions.
The ASME E-Fest North and E-Fest South competitions, traditionally held in-person at different universities, were moved online due to safety precautions related to the current spread of COVID-19.
Missouri S&T’s vehicle in the competition, named Greased Lightning, has two wheels in the front and one in the back and a steel frame built in a recumbent style that allows riders to recline as they pedal.
The competitions challenge students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use. Vehicles typically resemble aerodynamically focused vehicles.
Missouri S&T’s team earned first place overall at both competitions after all teams were judged on a design report and presentation. The teams were required to describe their design, analysis and the testing process that they followed throughout the academic year. This year, the teams focused on a “trailer-pull challenge,” roll bar verification and drivetrain optimization.