Team 6: Build Until Victory has chosen to participate in the Institute of Affordable Transportation’s (IAT) 2011 Student Design Competition. The project includes the design, fabrication, and assembly of a basic utility vehicle with the intention of participating in this school year’s competition, April 15-16, 2011.
The objective of the project is to develop a multi-purpose, off-highway “truck” for rural Africa. This truck should be designed to perform various farming operations. Goals include the minimization of the total lifetime cost and number of parts while emphasizing reliability, safety, and ease of use.
In order to build this utility vehicle, a $1,500 cost target has been set. An unmodified 10 hp Yanmar diesel engine will be used to carry a payload of at least 1,500 lbs and go up to 20 mph while under a no load condition.
The team estimates the project timeline to be the following: Fall Semester will consist of designing the vehicle, various analyses of components, gathering materials and parts, and creating a business plan. Interim will be used to perform Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on components of concern and simplifying our design. The beginning of the Spring Semester will start fabrication and assembly of the vehicle. Testing will begin as soon as the vehicle is completed and any design modifications will be made as needed. We wish to compete in IAT’s competition in April. After the competition the vehicle will be prepared for display at the 2011 Senior Design Banquet.