Reports from the Crew Chief are that all divisions are busy, but beginning to let up in anticipation of finals. Students will finish classes next Tuesday, April 22 and then dive into final exams before summer comes!
The Mechanical Division has been reorganizing and planning for the summer. They are focused on the 2015 project cycle now, so those team members who stick around over the summer will be switching between tasks for this summer’s race, and tasks for the race in the fall of 2015.
The Electrical Divisions (Power and Microelectrics) had a big week this week. Both have both been working on entirely rewiring Quantum. She will be sharp and peppy for the race! Furthermore, parts began to arrive for the battery pack. Hello, soldering iron! Power has also worked on assembling a spare breaker box to ensure Quantum’s safety, and an MPPT box for maximum power. Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is defined as a technique that grid connected inverters, solar battery chargers and similar devices use to get the maximum possible power from one or more photovoltaic devices, typically solar panels, though optical power transmission systems can benefit from similar technology. Micro, meanwhile, has been refining code before our circuit boards arrive. Saturn graciously agreed to manufacture circuits for our team based on Micro Division’s designs.
Everyone on Engineering has also been chipping in to ready Quantum for a testing event this Saturday. Look out for photos and video here, on Facebook, and on Twitter!