AIChE RIT Chapter: ChemE Car Team

Location

Engineering Hall - Engineering Hallway

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Once a year The American Institute of Chemical Engineers holds a regional competition in which students from various institutions around the northeast create small cars that are controlled through chemical reactions and race them. At the competition the length in which the car needs to travel is determined. The team will need to conduct calculations on site to make sure the car travels the necessary distance which is controlled through the starting and stopping reactions. The RIT team utilized thermal chemistry to control move the car. The car itself has dimensions of 20x30x40 cm. The structure of the car contains three vessels, a heating vessel in the middle of two cooling reaction vessels. The heating vessels containing a calcium oxide reaction that will produce heat that creates a gradient with the cooling vessel. The temperature gradient between the heating and cooling vessels is captured through multiple TEGs to power the motor of the car. The car is stopped using an Iodine clock reaction. The reaction is contained in the structure of the car. The solution is clear initially but once the reaction reaches completion the color of the solution will predominantly change. Using a photoresistor the color change in the reaction is detected and the motor is shut off given the connection of the photoresistor to the Arduino.

Location

Engineering Hall - Engineering Hallway

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Topics

Exhibitor
Jordan Woodhouse
Tomasz Mazur
Jason Yu
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Misael Santos
Julian Connaughton
Zachary Garrote
Jacob Kuhl

Advisor(s)
Alexander Roth

Organization
Affliated with RITs chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The team is recognized as ChemE Car


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