Poster Title

Developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulator [Hybrid Poster 2-B]

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

57

KY Senate District #

7

Department

Engineering and Information Systems

Abstract

A solar vehicle is completely powered by solar energy using an array of solar cells its converts the suns energy into electrical energy and then stores this in a onboard battery. The use of renewable energy in vehicles is important for us to become less dependent on fossil fuels. In the present work, we propose a new concept of designing a solar cell-powered vehicle by 3-D modeling with Solid Works and an industry standard commercial simulator with SC/Tetra Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Focusing on the goal of developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle in Eastern Kentucky , we are designing our new type of vehicle to their specifications by drawing upon the technology from areas such as aerospace, solar energy, and the automotive industry. We are working to develop a more efficient vehicle by using simulation software to minimize our drag coefficient, along with other negative forces such as tire friction and brake loss.

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Developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulator [Hybrid Poster 2-B]

A solar vehicle is completely powered by solar energy using an array of solar cells its converts the suns energy into electrical energy and then stores this in a onboard battery. The use of renewable energy in vehicles is important for us to become less dependent on fossil fuels. In the present work, we propose a new concept of designing a solar cell-powered vehicle by 3-D modeling with Solid Works and an industry standard commercial simulator with SC/Tetra Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Focusing on the goal of developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle in Eastern Kentucky , we are designing our new type of vehicle to their specifications by drawing upon the technology from areas such as aerospace, solar energy, and the automotive industry. We are working to develop a more efficient vehicle by using simulation software to minimize our drag coefficient, along with other negative forces such as tire friction and brake loss.