Newsflash November 2022
Updated: Jan 12
Dear friends, dear supporters and dear fans! We are back with a new update from the development and manufacturing period of the EDGE14.
EDGE13 Electronics Training After the recruiting phase, we were able to welcome many new members to our team. But in addition to organizational matters, the assignment to the different modules is of course an important part of the onboarding phase. During the tryout phase in November, several training sessions were hosted in order to give the newbies (as well as oldies) an insight into the module areas. The electrical training for our EDGE was divided into a theoretical as well as a practical part. The goal was to give members from all modules a basic knowledge about the car to get a better understanding of the dangers and problems. In the theoretical part, a lot of emphasis was placed on understanding the rules and teaching about the potential dangers of the 600V battery. In addition, the concept of our safety devices was shown and why they are installed and useful was explained. In the practical part, the members got hands-on experience in working on part of the EDGE13 and how a fault can be searched for and fixed. For this purpose, bugs were installed in the car in advance in order to find and solve them under guidance and with teamwork. In the process, the knowledge from the theory part was repeatedly tested in order to better internalize the understanding of the components.
Laminating Training In addition to the electrical training, our new members were also prepared for the upcoming work with composites. This training was mainly about getting a first feeling for the material carbon. In order for the newbies to gain an understanding of the topic, it was first explained what composites are and what materials they are made of. The focus was on carbon and its benefits for our team. In addition to its mechanical properties, handling and processing were also discussed in preparation for the practical part of the training. In the subsequent practical part, we finally laminated on smaller parts such as wishbones or steering struts. Of course, it was less about perfect laminating, but more about our newbies being able to make their first experiences with all types of fabric that we use for our car (GRP/CFRP with Plain Weave/Twill Weave/Spreadtow) in order to have already learned how to handle them carefully for the manufacturing phase.
Roadtrip for the Team In November, three of our team members embarked on the long drive to Luxembourg to pick up cores for our monocoque. The cores are made of aluminum and serve as a support between the two carbon layers in the monocoque of our car. Due to their honeycomb-like shape, the cores are often referred to as honeycomb cores. The mission of the team members was to pick up the raw material so that it could subsequently be cut to size specifically for our application. This 22-hour road trip was not seen as a burden, but rather was tackled together under the motto "You get to know each other better right away".
Vienna University of Technology 15 years ago, the idea of a racing team at the Vienna University of Technology was born together by students and lecturers - the rest is history. The Vienna University of Technology is Austria's largest research and educational institution in the field of technology and natural sciences and has supported us with a wide range of resources since the founding of TU Wien Racing as part of our collaboration. From integrating our project into teaching, to providing essential research infrastructure, to involving us in the TUW community, our work would not be possible without our Alma Mater. We are proud to represent the Vienna University of Technology internationally and thank you very much for your support!
Until then! Your TU Wien Racing