HPVDT in the Community

Earlier this school year, the team attended a couple of events, where we got a chance to meet many people from the community and show off our work.

On November 22 – 23, 2014, our team attended the Toronto Mini Maker Faire at the Toronto Reference Library. We were amongst many of the local creators, hackers, crafters, tinkerers, and curious minds of all ages.

Calvin showing off Bluenose at the Mini Maker Faire Toronto.

Calvin showing off Bluenose at the Mini Maker Faire Toronto.

Mini Maker Faire 2014

Mini Maker Faire Toronto 2014

On November 25, 2014 Calvin and I exhibited our team’s accomplishments at the annual Pollution Probe Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. We had a chance to meet and talk to many influential people who care about environmental responsibility. We were honored to be amongst a group of students who were selected by the organizers to fit the theme of this year’s gala, “Future Builders”. The highlight of the evening was when we were requested during dinner to make a personal presentation for Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario.

Sherry and Calvin speaking to Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, about Bluenose and other accomplishments of the HPVDT.

Sherry and Calvin speaking to Kathleen Wynne, premier of Ontario, about Bluenose and other accomplishments of the HPVDT.

Kathleen Wynne at the student table during dinner.

Kathleen Wynne at the student table during dinner.

Pollution Probe Gala 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Pollution Probe Gala www.cialismax.com 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel

First Steps on Two New Projects

As the team wraps up construction and testing of our ASME HPVC entry for this year, I’ve been planning out HPVDT’s next projects. We had a General Meeting yesterday to get things going, and now it’s official: our next projects are a new speedbike and – for the first time ever – a human-powered submarine!

Our new speedbike will be similar to AeroVelo’s Eta, which many members of HPVDT helped to build over the summer of 2014. However, not all of its systems and components will be the same. Some of the design changes being made are a more accessible fairing construction, improvements to the frame geometry and stiffness, and (as part of an ongoing partnership with AeroVelo) new wheels. We’re also investigating some entirely new systems, such as landing gear, real-time measurement of tire temperatures to provide warning prior to failure, and a means of cancelling-out the motion of the rider’s legs during high-speed sprints. The plan is to have the new bike constructed by August to allow for testing and troubleshooting before the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in September.

The Eta speedbike, designed and built by HPVDT's partner team AeroVelo, will serve as a baseline for our new bicycle.

The Eta speedbike, designed and built by HPVDT’s partner team AeroVelo, will serve as a baseline for our new bicycle.

We’ve built bicycles, tricycles, an ornithopter and a helicopter. Once again it’s time for something new: a human-powered submarine. We’re still working out the details, but the goal is to build something that’s agile, fun, safe, and fast – hopefully fast enough to break the current speed record of 7.282 knots. It’s an exciting time, since none of us have ever designed anything like this. We’ll be looking at new aspects of performance and efficiency, as well as a whole bunch of new safety concerns. I am confident that we’ll succeed; every student on HPVDT is smart, motivated, and above all competent in engineering design.

 

The current world record of 7.282 knots (3.75 m/s) is held by Omer 8, a submarine designed, built, and operated by students from  École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Motreal, Quebec.

The current world record of 7.282 knots (3.75 m/s) is held by Omer 8, a submarine designed, built, and operated by students from École de technologie supérieure (ETS) in Motreal, Quebec.

Check back regularly for more updates on our progress for both of these projects!

Calvin Moes, HPVDT website Captain

It's Crunch Time!

Last Wednesday, April 8, the HPVDT officially submitted our Design Report for the 2015 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge East, hosted at the University of Florida this year from May 8 to 10, which means there is less than one month left until the competition!

At HPVDT, we are always up for trying new things. This year, we took a very different approach to our design; instead of having a fully-faired vehicle, we will be bringing Viteza, a partially-faired HPV. This decision was made after carefully considering the practical requirements, and placing them at this site – www.cialismax.com an equal importance as the performance.

A 3D rendering of Viteza, the 2015 ASME HPVC East submission from the HPVDT.

A 3D rendering of Viteza, the 2015 ASME HPVC East submission from the HPVDT.

With less than a month to go, the whole team is busy building, training and doing other preparation for the competition. Stay tuned for more updates!

See you soon, Florida!