|Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Supermileage Vehicle Competition Homepage. A project by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Both the students and the advisors are very excited about the 2005 Competition. This years team will be working hard to create the most fuel efficient engine and aerodynamic body possible in order to bring home first place.||
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Visit to W.R. Sharples Co.
2005 Supermileage Competiton, Marshall, MI
News and Progress
June 18, 2005
Work for the 2004-2005 supermileage vehicle has been completed. The 2005-2006 team will begin design work based on the success and failures of this year's team and the succesful Supermileage vehicles observed at the competition. Thank you to all of our sponsors, professors, and the UMass faculty for your donations and support.
March 21, 2005
The fuel injection was successfully implemented on last year's engine.
The body team has completed plastering the body mold and is testing the aerodynamics of the design using the wind tunnel.
The engine team has completed all of the race engine components and is currently focused on getting the engine running efficiently.
February 13, 2005
The body team visited W.R. Sharples Co. on Friday to see the water jet used to cut the sections of the foam to make up the body,Sharples Visit. . Sharples will be cutting 57 sections of foam to be aligned to make the body. Once assembled, construction of the shell will begin.
January 20, 2005
The Body Team has completed construction of the steering and fire extinguisher setup. Sketches of the body are in progress and we will be running a CFD program to optimize our design.
The Engine Team has completed the Cylinder head along with a full oiling system. A billet Aluminum Flywheel has also been completed. The custom ground camshafts have been completed as well as the addition of roller bearings to the crank journals. This weekend a complete teardown of last years engine will be completed in order to mount this year’s cylinder head. This will allow us to analyze the engines performance at lower compression ratios to insure all systems are working properly. Also the Fuel injection team will be mounting the prototype fuel injection system to the engine. After the proof of performance runs are made, the custom connecting rod and piston will be machined. The completed engine will be ready by the end of February.
December 1, 2004
Both the Body and Engine teams have made much progress. The body team has finished the frame and started to work on molding the windshield. The team is also researching methods and materials for fabricating the shell of the body.
The engine team has made progress on the fly wheel and cylinder head. The dynamometer, which has been broken for a few weeks, is fixed so baseline reading of the stock engine can be established.
October 30, 2004
Pictures from Homecoming: The Power of Learning.
October 19, 2004
The Supermileage vehicle will be a part of the Women in Engineering Career Day Conference Presented by The Women in Engineering Program and the Society of Women Engineers in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst on October 25th. The vehicle and team will be present from 12-1 in the Campus Center. The following website contains more information, Women in Engineering Career Day Conference
September 30, 2004
There are two SMV presentations coming up in October: The car and team will be set up outside of Engineering lab on Saturday, October 16th from 12:00pm-2:30pm for the Engineering Open House.
Later in the month, the car and team will be a part of the Spotlight on Students series in the Campus Center from 9am to 12pm, Friday, October 29th for Homecoming Weekend.
Make sure to stop by to meet this year's team, check out the Hammer from last year, and find out about this years car.
September 20, 2004
The SMV team has already begun taking apart last years car. We have divided ourselves into two major teams, Body/Chassis and Engine Team. The body team is in the works of researching materials and possible designs. The engine team is working on testing the new engine on the dynamometer.