Congratulations ChemECar Team

At the recent Northeast Region AIChE Meeting in Orono, ME, the NU ChemECar Team qualified for the National competition, won First Place in the poster competition, and won the Most Creative Drive award.

ChemECar is a simple competition. The main goal is to build a car which is powered by a chemical reaction and stops at a given distance. The objectives are simple; however there are some restrictions that complicate the simplicity. For instance, the team may not use any mechanical or electrical breaking. The stopping mechanism therefore much be controlled through chemical kinetics. As the competition matured the rules have changed. Each year the team needs to meet new rules and design a car the fits into the rules. The most important rule to keep in mind is the distance which is set one hour before the start of the competition. It can be between 30 and 100 feet. The car has two minutes to go this distance and stop.

Learn more about the ChemECar here.

Related Departments:Chemical Engineering