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Research Abstracts Online
January 2008 - March 2009

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Institute of Technology
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

PI: Jeffrey M. Hammer

Solar Vehicle Project

This researcher leads a team of students who design and build a competitive solar car for a major race by solar vehicles every two years. The most recent version participated in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge race from Dallas, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada during the summer of 2008. A new team began work on the next car in Fall 2008. They use computational fluid dynamics tools to minimize drag, lift, and susceptibility to side winds.

Group Members

Nate Bolyard, Undergraduate Student