PLANO, Texas -- EDS today announced that an Auburn University team using its Sol id Edge computer-aided design (CAD) software won the first place trophy for engi neering design at the Mini Baja East off-road racing event April 4-6 in Orlando, Florida. The team from Auburn Universitys Samuel Ginn College of Engineering was on e of two teams scoring the highest among 49 teams with its design, judged across four categories including design report, safety inspection, cost report and des ign evaluation. Sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the competition attracts teams from across North America that have just nine months to deliver an entire runni ng vehicle on time, under budget and up to very demanding performance specificat ions. Each team starts in August with the same model 305 cubic centimeter engine, a th ick set of safety rules, and a blank sheet of paper. The teams then proceed to d esign and build the best off-road racing car that they can dream up. Mini Baja c ars are designed for applications similar to sport-style All Terrain Vehicles (A TVs), but are expected to corner more effectively and be safe in a rollover. Com pared to a sport ATV, a Mini Baja car is wider, longer, and lower. It carries a full rollcage with a safety harness, and has more sophisticated steering and sus pension systems. Mini Baja cars also float, propel, and steer in deep water. The Auburn team, captained by senior mechanical engineering major Ken MacAlliste r, used Solid Edge to design the Mini Baja vehicle from the ground up. On a chal lenging deadline, the Auburn students designed the cars frame, drivetrain, front and rear suspension, steering, braking and flotation systems. In the classroom, the learning curve for Solid Edge is extremely short and allows us to teach engineering instead of software syntax, said Peter Jon es, team advisor, and associate professor of mechanical engineering. On th e Mini Baja circuit, ease of use gives the teammore time to investigate multiple design alternatives. All this translates into winning design trophies and preparing these students to enter the job market wi th real-world experience. A published report from the Auburn team details the winning design. See the repo rt and more information on the Auburn team at
. As I read the Auburn teams design report, I was very impressed with their ability to greatly improve the cars design through advanced modeling , said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit at EDS. “ ;Also impressive was the teams extension of Solid Edge to test the rigidit y and stress levels of the model using finite element analysis software from Sol id Edge Voyager Program member Algor Inc.
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About Auburn University
Located deep in the rolling hills of East Alabama, Auburn University is one of the South’s premier land grant institutions. In 1856 the university first opened its doors for 80 studen ts and a faculty of six. Today Auburn is the largest university in Alabama, with an enrollment of approximately 22,000 hailing from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is a nationally ranke d engineering school with an enrollment of approximately 3,700 students. Visit < a href="http://www.eng.auburn.edu" target="_blank">www.eng.auburn.edu.
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