With less than 3 weeks till competition, the tractor is coming along pretty well. The mechanical team has mounted the engine and got rolling chassis. The steering column is also in place now along with the new seat box. The electrical team has build one of the harnesses and is in the process of building the controls harness.
Both the Electrical and Mechanical teams have been busy with their work. The Electrical team has been working on developing test circuits and code for their Raspberry pi. While the Mechanical team has been working on the dyno. Which they have been successfully able to run and obtain data from.
Stay tuned for more exciting team updates!
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.
Last week our team started our safety training with a presentation from Dr. Petkau. Which is only the beginning to this years adventure.
- 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