Smart Power Team Shines with SOLIDWORKS

The Smart Power Team with MuSHELLka
The Smart Power Team with MuSHELLka

 

Smart Power Team is a group of student – enthusiasts of Student Scientific Association of Machinery Design (SKN MKM), studying at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology in Poland. With the help of SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller SOLIDEXPERT, among others, they designed and built a battery powered car, the MuSHELLka. The MuSHELLka won first place in the Prototype Battery Electric class in the preparation round of the Shell Eco-Marathon competition in France. In early July, the Smart Power Team and their hydrogen cell powered car, HydroGENIUS, will race in the Shell Eco-Marathon finals in London.

A driver in the MuSHELLka
A driver in the MuSHELLka

 

MuSHELLka in France
MuSHELLka in France

 

SOLIDEXPERT began their partnership with Smart Power Team last year, when they provided CAD solutions to the team. Smart Power Team exported their original car design to SOLIDWORKS so they could test MuSHELLka’s aerodynamics.

HydroGENIUS
HydroGENIUS

 

They’re also using SOLIDWORKS for two other car designs. HydroGENUIS, an UrbanConcept class car powered by a hydrogen cell, has components that were tested for strength and durability in SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Flow Simulation was used to check the air flow resistance of that car’s plating during a race.

The inside of HyBAT RCC
The inside of HyBAT RCC

 

HyBAT RCC and the award for Best University Team from H2AC 2018.
HyBAT RCC and the award for Best University Team from H2AC 2018.

 

SOLIDWORKS software was used from the beginning to design the HyBAT RCC project. HyBAT RCC is a remote controlled car powered by a hydrogen cell. Models of the individual vehicle components were developed in SOLIDWORKS, then verified for durability using Simulation. Flow Simulation was used to test the aerodynamic properties of HyBAT RCC in order to minimize air resistance during a race. With HyBAT RCC, Smart Power Team won Best University Team at the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge 2018 World Final in Chemnitz, Germany.

The Smart Power team learning how to use SOLIDWORKS at one of SOLIDEXPERT’s four training locations.
The Smart Power team learning how to use SOLIDWORKS at one of SOLIDEXPERT’s four training locations.

 

Smart Power Team received dedicated SOLIDWORKS training from SOLIDEXPERT, where they spent a weekend learning about drawings, parts, and assemblies. Smart Power Team Supervisor Andrzej Jałowiecki said, “All of [our success] would not be possible without [SOLIDEXPERT] training, which comprehensively introduced our constructors to the SOLIDWORKS environment, allowing us to learn many useful tricks, such as mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts.”

SOLIDEXPERT won #1 Reseller in Poland and Central Europe at SOLIDWORKS World 2017
SOLIDEXPERT won #1 Reseller in Poland and Central Europe at SOLIDWORKS World 2017

 

He continued, “Now, having full access to SOLIDWORKS, we are already beginning work on the next generation of cars for the 2019 season. The ability to use a comprehensive CAx system like SOLIDWORKS should significantly accelerate and improve the design and construction stage which, we hope will translate into even better results for the future.”

SOLIDEXPERT’s logo on the MuSHELLka
SOLIDEXPERT’s logo on the MuSHELLka

 

Anna Dziedzic, the SOLIDEXPERT Education Specialist who’s been working with Smart Power Team since the beginning, is optimistic about their success in London. “We are in constant contact with the Smart Power Team, and are always ready to help. I think this team has a chance to stand on the winner’s podium. We will cross our fingers for that!”

Left: Anna Dziedzic from SolidExpert. Right: The MuSHELLka racing in France.
Left: Anna Dziedzic from SolidExpert. Right: The MuSHELLka racing in France.

 

We wish the Smart Power Team good luck at the Shell Eco-Marathon finals in London! Thank you to Anna Dziedzic at SOLIDEXPERT for taking the time to talk about this story. All images courtesy of SOLIDEXPERT and Smart Power Team.

Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman

Sara Zuckerman is a SOLIDWORKS Education Contractor, Social Media and Marketing. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and recently earned a Certificate in Web Development from MassBay Community College. Sara is excited about utilizing this blog to combine her two passions, writing and technology.