Friday, February 18, 2011

University of Michigan Solar Car Continues Winning Streak With Help From Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures

Photo Caption: University of Michigan's Solar Car Team using the Stahlin Enclosure while charging the car during the race in Normal, IL.

The University of Michigan solar car crossed the finish line first at the American Solar Challenge Race in Naperville, Ill.. The race started last Sunday in Broken Arrow, OK. Seventeen teams from the United States, Canada, Germany and Taiwan competed.

The University of Michigan 2010 Solar Car race crew has brought back Michigan's 3rd straight National Championship and 6th overall. Infinium crossed the finish line 2 hours 12 minutes and 9 seconds ahead of the second place team Minnesota.

Over the course of 6 days, Infinium traveled 1,100 miles averaging 40 mph, which is amazing considering the number of stop lights on this route! The race crew only had 15 minutes on the side of the the road making a minor electrical repair. To bring back a championship the team had to run a flawless race. Any downtime or penalties could have cost the team the race, but the team worked hard during the months prior to the race to ensure this didn't happen.With the race now over, the team turns its sights to the 2011 project.

Indinium Battery Design: Enclosure from Stahlin meets their need

The final design for the Indinium included many delicate control panels and circuits that control various functions of the car from cruise control to the lighting system. One primary component was providing enclosures for the car battery. Anything metallic was quickly declined because of weight. Some thermoplastic materials met the weight needs of the car, but Stahlin's fiberglass composite material met both weight and rigidity requirements for the vehicle.

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team utilized enclosures provided by Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures. Stahlin's N Series enclosures with a clear window front met the exact size and performance specifications required by the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, while still meeting the program's weight requirements.

Key Features of the N Series:

*Rainshield provided for water ingress protection *Rigid body construction and watertight seal *Memory retaining polyurethane gasketing *Integral mounting feet for ease of installation *Molded in panel mounting inserts *Special panel configurations available including dead front panels

"As the United States tries to make the switch to Renewable Energy, we it is critical for companies like our to contribute to the research and development of better products. Thus, Stahlin is proud that we have continued to support projects and young engineers like this, especially when you see the smiles of their faces at the finish line. The enthusiasm is contagious to continue the push for new alternatives in transportation. ", stated Jeff Seagle, President Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures.

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