September 30, 2020
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Missouri S&T’s Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team become national champions – Missouri S&T News and Research

Missouri S&T’s Human Powered Vehicle Challenge team recently earned first place at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers two 2020 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Digital Competitions. The ASME E-Fest North and E-Fest South competitions, traditionally held in-person at different universities, were moved online due to safety precautions related to the current spread of COVID-19.

The competitions challenge students to design, build and operate a human-powered vehicle for practical use. Vehicles typically resemble aerodynamically focused vehicles.

Missouri S&T’s team earned first place overall at both competitions after all teams were judged on a design report and presentation. The teams were required to describe their design, analysis and the testing process that they followed throughout the academic year. This year, the teams focused on a “trailer-pull challenge,” rollbar verification and drivetrain optimization.

The competitions traditionally also include a dynamic portion, with teams racing along set courses to prove their concepts, but the race was not possible due to the remote nature of the 2020 competitions. Instead, teams submitted a 5-minute highlight video of their creations in action.

Missouri S&T’s vehicle at the competition, named “Greased Lightning,” has two wheels in the front and one in the back. It has a steel frame in a recumbent-style of riders reclining as they pedal.

The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Team is one of 20 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing