First Time in SMU's history...

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  1. Omerta

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    That in the Atlantic Engineering Competition it was awarded 1st place in senior design :rockon:


    We're going to the national competition in march!! I am so psyched!

    Just figured I'd share lol


    Just a snipit of what it entails:

    There is between 1 and 2 teams of four from all Atlantic engineering universities, this year was a total of 7. We had a briefing at 1130 of a problem and were given a bag of junk basically. We had 12 hours to come up with a working prototype, a 15 min presentation and a report. We are also not allowed to test our prototype.
     
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    congrats!
     
  3. Bmarc

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    Great job Kyle! Do us proud.
     
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    What was the design?
     
  5. Omerta

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    We had to collect exactly 200ml of water from a unlimited freefalling source and transport it 5 feet and place it in a container.

    We were given:

    popsicle sticks
    straws
    styrofoam
    phidget servo and controller (terrible compatibility with everything)
    sweet potato
    tinfoil
    tape
    superglue
    cardboard
    small piece of metal
    and some other random crap

    Our design involved a platform with the popcan cut to a fixed volume so that no more than ~225 ml (safety factor for transportation losses) could be in it. We had an articulating arm that would slide the can once it is full of water to the other side of the platform after a set interval which it would then pop the cork placed in the bottom and drain that volume though a secondary basin and into a pipeline to the container.

    We returned 205ml. Thats a 2.5% error for its first trial which is pretty remarkable.

    Some of the designs that other teams implemented were brilliant. UNB created a auto siphon that would expend a specific amount into a aqueduct.. but it ended up running twice with every run and delivering to much water.
     
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    Thanks Brad, will do

    The second place team was DAL with a simular design as us and they actually returned 205 ml as well and we were tied for first. But our presentation was slightly better. They were composed of 3/4 former SMU students :lol:
     
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    Good job Kyle, best of luck at Nationals.
     
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    Dal could do it in half the time :)
    jokes. congrats!
     
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    We all end up at Dal. I did my first 2 years at SMU and moved to Dal for my last 3 years.
     
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    Nothing against SMU.
     
  11. David Puddy

    yeah, that's right

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    that sounds awesome. what type of engineering are you taking?
     
  12. Omerta

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    Thanks guys


    It is, it's the third year participating.

    Mechanical Engineering is what I am taking. My team consisted of: Chemical, Electrical and aerospace(not offered at smu but that's his goal)
     
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    They can? :eek3: I guess taking our time worked out better for us :p
     
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    You should work on the Supermileage Team next year when you are at Dal. 2 of the team members this year will be around next year (both are doing their masters at Dal).
     
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    Supermilage and Baja are high on my list for when I'm at Dal. I was going to stop by when you invited me that time but I ended up not getting back from greenwood till late.

    Whats the story on the Baja vehicle? I took I look at it on the weekend and it looks to be in hurting shape.
     
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    Currently there are no teams working on the Baja and I don't know when the last time any team actually worked on it. I know for sure there was nothing last year and I don't think there was the year before either.

    The supermileage car has not competed since 2004. Two teams worked on it in 2006 but never competed with it and we scraped all the work they did anyway. :lol:
     
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    I wonder how much work it would be to try and start that project up again?
     
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    I'm not sure, but if you are interested in doing something with it, I'd suggest going and talking to one of the profs about working on it. Either Dr. Miltzer (my supervisor) or Dr. Warkentin. Miltzer is really the only prof that likes these kind of comps.

    You should be able to do it all in one year. I mean we've basicly rebuilt the supermileage car, minus the body this year. The Baja could probably run in the state it is in though.

    Should have walked down to the IC Engines lab. I was in all weekend working on the supermileage car.
     
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    I'll definitely ask around this summer.

    Were you there during the power outage?
     
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    Kyle man fuck.

    I go home and see ryan just there all night and all day at the books. that shit is complex as fuck. I could never touch that shit.

    good job man! good to hear
     
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    I think I just walked past you in the library at SMU.
     
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    Congrats!
     
  23. B!tch

    So damn Nug-a-licious

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    Congrats and best of luck! :D
     
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    To me for possibly walking past Drift-O in the library? Thanks, I guess :confused:
     
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    I thought it was Enigma you passed :p That's what I was congratulating you for.
     
  26. Omerta

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    Thanks guys, I want to study more for this than my courses :lol:

    Very possible. 2nd floor left side I was camped out for a while today
     
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