Critical Design Thinking

Design A:

This orthographic sketch was made by Andrew Quakenbush. This design was supposed to parody of the Millennium Falcon. It uses two propellers at the bottom of the ship. What this doesn’t show is the weight adjusting we will have to do to get the ship balanced. This is not an efficient model, but every Star Wars fan will love this idea.

Design B:

Orthographic drawing by Earl French showing his concept AEV. Wanted to make a sleek design that would be good for energy efficiency as well as the aerodynamics. Also, with a sleek design like shown above, there will be less weight and overall less power will need to be exerted to get the AEV to move

Design C:

This sketch was designed by Patrick Miller.  It’s a basic design around a jet plane with wings and a triangular prism at the back.  The tube below holds the motor and the battery and the sensor would be placed on top depending on the balance of the car.  The edges of the wings and front would be rounded to reduce drag.

Design D:

Orthographic sketch by Phillip Niewald. This design includes the motor-driven propellers encased inside of a tube to act as a ducted fan in order to reduce the turbulence created off the tips of the propeller in order to increase efficiency. The Arduino control board will be encased inside of the space above the duct for the propulsion system, as to reduce the drag coefficient. All edges will be rounded off in order to reduce the overall drag coefficient.  

Design E:

With this design that we have created together, it gives an overall sleek look to it, but also gives much room for changes. With this design, it will be possible that the team creates the most efficient and lightweight vehicle available. This is our minimalistic approach to the AEV Design. This design will complete this scenario because it will be super efficient and will require less energy than all other competitors.