UBC Chem-E-Car

Design Build and Compete

To design a car that can only be powered by chemical reactions. The process of creating the car involves building a power system (batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors etc), selecting a stopping mechanism reaction, designing the circuitry, coding microcontrollers and assembling the mechanical components and car body.

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Project

UBC Chem-E-Car is a design team under the UBC Chemical & Biological Engineering Department that competes in the annual AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Regional and National Chem-E-Car Competitions. The goal of the competition is to build a shoebox sized car that carries a given load of water within a given amount of distance. Chem-E-Car provides the opportunity for UBC engineering students to learn valuable technical and interpersonal skills.

Project Details

2020/2021 Recruitment

Closed for the year! Contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

Subteams

Mechanical Team

Designs and develops the body and other mechanical components of the car. The car is custom built, made of 3D printed components and various other purchased materials; the car and all its parts must fit inside a 40cm x 30cm x 20cm box and be able to carry an extra load of water ranging from 0-500 mL. The design team must incorporate and organize the reactor, power source, microcontrollers and wiring onto the car, as well as ensure its stability and ability to travel in a straight line.

Lab Team

Designs a chemical-based stopping mechanism for the car. The chemical reaction’s rate of completion is used to stop the car motor. The lab teams must design a precise and accurate reaction, calibration curve and equation that will calculate the concentrations or quantity of reagents that will result in the completion of the reaction at the required time

Power Source Team

Builds an energy source (battery, fuel cell, combustion engine) to power the motor, and hence the propulsion of the car. The energy sources must provide a consistent output of energy and be able to be constructed at the day of the competition. It must also be heavily tested in varying conditions to ensure successful operation for competition day.

Circuitry Team

Codes the car to respond to the stopping mechanism and programmes the motor to run the car. Design the sensor system which is responsible for reacting to the changes in the chemical reaction which would eventually stop the car. The sensitivity and exactness of the sensor system impacts how accurately the calibration curve is applied to stop the car as it covers a specified distance.

Our Future

UBC Chem-E-Car will attend the 2021 Pacific Northwest Regional AlChE Chem-E-Car Competition. The team strives to design innovative timing mechanisms and power sources, and a unique car every year. We hope to continue to do this while teaching others about this technology, and growing as a team.

Sponsorship

Check out our sponsorship page here!

Accomplishments / Awards

  • 2019 AIChE Regionals Poster Presentation (1st Runner-up)
  • 2019 AIChE Chem-E-Car Regionals (1st Runner-up)
  • 2019 AIChE Student Paper Competition (1st Runner-up)
  • 2018 AIChE Nationals Poster Presentation (1st place)
  • 2018 AIChE Chem-E-Car Nationals (25th out of 40 teams)
  • 2018 AIChE Chem-E-Car Regionals (1st place)
  • 2018 AIChE Regionals Poster Presentation (1st place)
  • 2017 World Congress Poster Competition (1st place)
  • 2017 World Congress Competition (7th out of 18 teams)

Team Members

Aahnaf Aarub

Aahnaf Aarub
Team Member

Abhay Sirsi

Abhay Sirsi
Team Member

Aidan Mitha

Aidan Mitha
Team Member

Akshi Valji

Akshi Valji
Team Member

Andrea DeMeo

Andrea DeMeo
Team Member

Arshan Mansoor Ali

Arshan Mansoor Ali
Team Member

Atharva Laud

Atharva Laud
Team Member

Bhavya Nagda

Bhavya Nagda
Team Member

Daniel Wang

Daniel Wang
Team Member

Emma Fischer

Emma Fischer
Team Member

Emmanuel Santacruz

Emmanuel Santacruz
Team Member

Estefano Cortes

Estefano Cortes
Team Member

Fiona Scott

Fiona Scott
Team Member

Harshit Kohli

Harshit Kohli
Team Member

Karan Dhiman

Karan Dhiman
Team Member

Kushal Patel

Kushal Patel
Team Member

Maria Buse Meral

Maria Buse Meral
Team Member

Meghan Cooke

Meghan Cooke
Chem-E-Car Co-Captain

Nikita Sharma

Nikita Sharma
Team Member

Noor Ali-Mohamad

Noor Ali-Mohamad
Team Member

Ryan Pederson

Ryan Pederson
Team Member

Sharon Au-Yeung

Sharon Au-Yeung
Team Member

Siddhant Sharma

Siddhant Sharma
Team Member

Stephanie Hasjim

Stephanie Hasjim
Team Member

Veronika Zenova

Veronika Zenova
Chem-E-Car Co-Captain

Wyatt Schnare

Wyatt Schnare
Team Member

Ziyi Fang

Ziyi Fang
Project Coordinator