S&T students win national championship with ‘Greased Lightning’

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On May 5, 2020

Human Powered Vehicle team

S&T’s Human
Powered Vehicle Design Team
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.

S&T’s vehicle in the competition, named Greased
, 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.

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.

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