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Buckeye Bullet team members receive second place at Engineering Capstone Design Showcase

Three members of the Buckeye Bullet team were recognized at the College of Engineering's Capstone Design Showcase on May 24, 2012, where they received second place in the Equipment Design Category. Participating members were Luke Kelm (mechanical engineering), Austin Krohn (electrical and computer engineering) and Evan Maley (mechanical engineering). The three were recognized for their senior project, which involves designing a test fixture that is capable of testing the tires that will be used on the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3.

The tire test stand design allows the team members to simulate runs on the Wendover, Utah salt flats--where the Venturi Buckeye Bullet is raced--, but doing so in a controlled environment. The controlled environment eliminates some variables, which allows for intricate investigation of the tires. In order to simulate the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 runs, the test stand is capable of spinning a tire up to 400+ mph as well as loading the tire with accurate vehicle weights. The test stand has been designed and is in the process of being fabricated. The goal is to start testing the tires and collecting data by July 2012.