Outreach Day

Today we did some quick presentations about what our team is all about for the high school outreach day. Thank you to all those who made it out.

January Team Update

Over the holiday break and the month of January the team has been able to to get a lot of design work complete. With only four months until competition the team is working hard to get all the parts in so the build can happen as soon as possible.   A lot of testing has been done such as CVT Spring force testing, Shock testing, and Seat box testing. These smaller test being done are very important as they can prevent future issues during the build. The team has transformed some of their old tractor frame into a dynamometer to help with future testing. This will allow for a safer and more accurate testing plan.

A big thank you to MacDon for conducting our design review earlier this month. As a team we learned a lot and truly appreciate your time. Until parts arrive our team will continue testing (Electrical and Mechanical testing) to help prevent issues arising in the future. Please stay tuned for more exciting team updates!

Image of seat box testing and Dynamometer.

Safety Training Orientation

Last week our team started our safety training with a presentation from Dr. Petkau. Which is only the beginning to this years adventure.  img_4427

Team Updates

  • The electrical team is currently planning out new methods for the wiring harness to make it more organized and user friendly
  • The team is looking into fixing up a dyno that was donated from the university to help with future testing
  • A big thank you goes out to Andrew our guest speaker who did a seminar on drawing and his experiences with designing sheet metal components

Competition Team Photo- 2016

Incase you missed it, here’s our team photo from competition.

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MacDon Visit

Today we visited MacDon Industries, one of our biggest sponsors. Here are some pictures from todays event.

Competition 2016 – Maneuverability, Durability, and Competition Results

Once again, the day began bright and early; we were at the Peoria fairgrounds since our maneuverability time slot set for 8:15 am. Unfortunately, maneuverability did not go too well as one of the hoses in our hydraulic steering system popped off, and we were forced to stop–it turned out the fitting was not tight enough. We were given one hour to find and fix the problem and return for durability.

After we fixed the steering problem, we proceeded to the durability track. Unfortunately, we were unable to get passed the first turn; the bumps proved to be too much for our front axle as it was bouncing over the bumps and preventing steering functions.

Following our defeat, we cheered ourselves up by eating brunch at Perkins.

Later in the day, we packed up our trailer and cleaned up for the awards banquet. At the banquet, we had some past competition participants talk about their experiences, ate food, listened to an experienced engineer give stories and career advice, congratulated the award winners, and took group photos. Design judging and presentation feedback were given to us at the end of the ceremony. In addition, competition results were posted later in the night.

To summarize our results:

  • We placed 9th overall
  • We placed 6th in Written Design
  • We placed 5th in Team Presentation
  • We placed 11th in Design Judging
  • We placed 13th in Tractor Pulls
  • We tied for last in both Durability and Maneuverability
  • Amazingly, we also placed 8th in Safety and 3rd in Sound

The full competition results can be found on the 2016 Master Score Spreadsheet

When we got back to the hotel, there was a competition and tractor-year debriefing. We read through the judge’s comments and also talked about what we did, why we did it, and what we can do better. Tomorrow we will return home with great memories and great aspirations for next year’s tractor. It was another great year for this organization and the future is looking even brighter.

This being my final year, I will be stepping down from my electrical and administrative duties to allow new members to rise up to the challenge. It’s been an interesting 4 years (to say the least). I’ve met a lot of people, learned a lot about engineering design and project management, and had a lot of fun doing it. I will definitely keep a watchful eye on this team as an alumni member; I look forward to seeing what they come up with and wish them all the best in the future.

Alex, AA