Case Study Of SEM Concept Car

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SEM takes place around the world in Asia, America and Europe where participants take to the track to observe who goes further consuming the least amount of fuel. The competition is split into two categories: The ‘Prototype Class’, which aims at highest efficiency (i.e., vehicle that will transport a person on three wheels with the minimal size restrictions) and the ‘Urban Concept Class’, which aims at more practical design aspects (i.e., vehicles are designed around utilize within an urban setting). Cars are also divided based on energy type: IC Engine fuels and Electric Mobility. The prospective participants are allowed to enter into any of these categories. This season, as per the Official SEM Rules and Regulations 2015, Shell team are pleased…show more content…
The road resistance depends on total mass of the vehicle, the occupant and the square of the velocity in the drag term. This competition encourages them to come up with innovative design and development of SEM concept car that achieves extremely high mileage per gallon of fuel. It is only a matter of thinking innovative and practical aspects in order to come up with a new and pioneering idea with which one can change the traditional way of manufacturing and building. During the competition, the drivers are allowed to accelerate the vehicle, achieve the top speed and then switch off the engine during coasting and this cycle is repeated until the race-circuit is complete. Unlike the Formula one race car or SAE Formula student competition, the winning the competition is dependent only on how much fuel is consumed to complete the given set of laps in the race-circuit, not how fast it reaches or who completes the circuit first, but the vehicle must take a minimum speed of 15mph and maximum of 30mph. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency based on a Joulemeter installed in each vehicle and calls for a winner in each class and for each energy source. Off-track awards are designated for the other achievements including safety, quality, teamwork, design, and technical design
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