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

Technology

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 aims to go to and win National and International AIChE Chem-E-Car Competitions. We strive to design innovative timing mechanisms and power sources, and a unique car every year. Envision also plans for Chem-E-Car to integrate Flow Cell team’s and Algae team’s projects into its designs.

Team Members

Brandon Chen

Brandon Chen
Facilities Chair

Grania Jain

Grania Jain
Chem-E-Car 1 Captain

Jayg Dimayacyac

Jayg Dimayacyac
Envision President

Matheus Cassol

Matheus Cassol
VP Internal

Odin Mebesius

Odin Mebesius
Junior Lab Team

Osbert Yu

Osbert Yu
Junior Lab Team

Param Arora

Param Arora
Chem-E-Car Vice-Captain

Pranav Misri

Pranav Misri
Research-Design-Workshop Co-Lead

Wendie Wu

Wendie Wu
Senior Lab Team Member