18 May 2001
18 May 2001
This year the Ohio State University's Formula Lightning electric race car team, the Smokin' Buckeye, has taken on a new challenge. While maintaining their 3-time consecutive national championship car, they are currently designing an electric streamliner car to beat the world record for electric vehicles. The University team will attempt to break the 245 mph electric land speed record by October 5. OSU's Center for Automotive Research's Formula Lightning race car team is hard at work developing ""The Buckeye Bullet"" a new streamlined electric vehicle.
Due to the nature of this feat, the OSU students will be relying on CATIA for its aerodynamic design and analysis capabilities. The Buckeye Bullet team will only have to conduct one aerodynamic test in the wind tunnel, since the design will have already been optimized in CATIA. The team expects CATIA to provide a relatively precise model after the first test.
The Buckeye Bullet will be made of a carbon fiber composite body equipped with a 400-plus horsepower motor and 900 volts of Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries weighing approximately 2500 pounds.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.