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Category: Student Projects

Links to student design projects

UCI’s 2013 Fall Design Review

8 January, 2014 (16:05) | Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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Over 80 student teams from across the Samueli School of Engineering presented their senior project plans for 2013-2014. Follow their progress at the Winter Design Review in March 2014.

KOCE reports on the California Challenge

28 October, 2013 (18:55) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

This video is a news report on the UCI California Challenge:  KOCE video.

Preparing for the California Challenge

1 October, 2013 (14:35) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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Some of the cars being prepared for the California Challenge on Saturday, October 5 at the Orange County Great Park.

2013 Solar Decathlon

9 August, 2013 (10:43) | Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

Inside Irvine Fall 2013

Inside Irvine Fall 2013

Inside Irvine has an article about the 2013 Solar Decathlon and XPO at the Orange County Great Park. Select this link to access the on-line magazine. See page 5 for descriptions of each of the 20 Universities competing in this event.

Introduction to Racecar Engineering

4 August, 2013 (14:20) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

The UCI summer program Introduction to Racecar Engineering concluded with a track day on Saturday, August 3. Select this link to see slideshows of the activities.

The California Challenge at the Solar Decathlon

2 August, 2013 (21:10) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

California Challenge Header

California Challenge Header


The California Challenge joins three energy efficient racing events

The format of the California Challenge provides a same track same day comparison of the energy performance of a different types of energy efficient racers.

The California Challenge is an energy efficiency time trial. The goal is to achieve the maximum average speed using $1 of energy. The course includes a high speed section, an auto-cross section, and a staged idle section. Maximum distance in one-hour wins using $1 of any combination of energy sources wins. This event is presented as part of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in association with the Energy Expo.

Select this link for more information about the California Challenge.

2013 Energy Invitational: Video

2 July, 2013 (06:26) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy


Race teams from 20 high schools and colleges competed in energy time trials at Adams Motorsports Park on May 11, 2013 at the fourth UCI Energy Invitational. This video captures the spirit of the event.

Mechanization of the ballistic function

11 June, 2013 (06:23) | Linkage Animations, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

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This Stephenson III six-bar linkage sets the elevation of a ballistic trajectory to reach a specified distance downrange given an initial velocity of 500 m/s. This function is described in Computing Linkages by A. Svoboda (pg 285). Mark Plecnik obtained this linkage after evaluating almost 100,000 different designs.

Photo gallery from 2013 Energy Invitational

1 June, 2013 (23:06) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

This gallery includes over 100 photos from the 2013 Energy Invitational held at Adams Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Energy Invitational 2013 Photographs

14 May, 2013 (15:54) | Automotive Information, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

Foothill HS at EI4

Foothill HS at EI4

Photographs from the Energy Invitational 2013 can be seen at the Professor’s facebook page.