Who hasn’t dreamt of flying like a bird? From Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of flying machines to Otto Lilienthal’s gliders, inventors have focused, quite logically, on human transport. We now take flying on airplanes for granted. But mechanical flight on a smaller, insect-level scale is less well-known. Micro-air vehicles (MAVs) have gained popularity in recent years due to wide range of small-scale applications in areas such as military, transportation, electronics, security systems, search and rescue missions, video recordings and many more. Successful prototypes depend upon valid, yet imaginative, designs as a starting point. Continue reading
BAJA SAE India 2013 was held at NATRIP in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India. Aside from being one of the co-sponsors of this great event, we also awarded the coveted CAE (computer-aided engineering) prize. Over 110 teams participated in this year’s competition and our staff reviewed the design reports of each of the teams and then shortlisted several of them based on design reports that showed the best use of CAE for structural and CFD analysis of a vehicle.
We had a great time participating as judges for the event and got to visit the pits and interview some of the teams about CAE simulation, design and implementation of the vehicle. Most of the teams did structural analysis of the roll cage and other important vehicle components. The reports and on-grounds implementation of the teams were outstanding. It made judging quite difficult as the performance of teams was very close (photo finish). Continue reading