April 23, 2014
Electromechanical Students Place Second in ASME Competition
Team Not-a-Blimp, comprised of four senior Electromechanical Engineering (BELM) students (Tanner Jones, Shawn Martin, William Peterson, and Nick DeLee) traveled to Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., the weekend of March 28 to compete in the District F Student Design Competition Finals held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The students created the competition design as part of their senior project, and placed second out of 21 other colleges.
Each team was to design an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) that could fit within a 28-inch hoop, and maneuver it via remote control through a designated course. The UAV needed to carry a small amount of cargo through two gates, drop the cargo, and return to the starting point. Scoring was based on a combination of speed and accuracy, and even with a small initial hiccup where the device bumped a gate, UAV pilot Nick DeLee soared the team’s device to second place.
“It was a really fun experience,” said Jones, who attributes much of the team’s success to their focus on electrical components of the design. “There were a lot of design requirements for the competition,” he said, “and we took the electrical component very seriously. Other teams seemed to have a lot of electrical issues, and we didn’t.”
Not-a-Blimp’s design carried a mass of 7,240 grams, successfully hit its target, and finished the course in 87 seconds, giving the group a high score of 362,713, which qualified the team for finalist status.
- Dennis Nealon