Individual AEV Designs:
Logan Conner: For my AEV design I chose to create a “jet-like” base with a face plate that could, in theory, help with the aerodynamics of its travel. I also chose to mimic the sample AEV design we have been testing in lab by using both the top and the bottom of the AEV’s base for holding the main components. If unused I think my design could help inspire the placement of our final design’s components and track arm.
Steven Dupont: I decided to go with this design because I took the idea of making a rocket and put an Ohio State twist on it by adding the block O capsule to hold the battery. I also worked to minimize material needed to work with budget constraints. The narrow frame should help make it more aerodynamic and less prone to air resistance.
Bryse Wagner: I chose this design because of it looking like a rocket/missile. I assume the smooth edges along the design would reduce air resistance and therefore make it more efficient overall. Plus this design is not bulky so material need won’t be as bad.
Mengfan Zhu: I use the streamlining idea in my design. This idea is quite popular in engineering design. That can reduce the friction from the air so that make the AEV more efficient especially why the speed is very fast.
The team decided to utilize Bryse’s design while incorporating some of Logan’s features in the final design. The team made this decision upon evaluating each design based off of scoring and screening tables. It was determined that Bryse’s design allowed the vehicle to be as light and aerodynamic as possible. The lack of weight also proved to benefit the energy consumption as less power was required the vehicle.