Engineering Students To Demo Human-Power Vehicle
Published on September 16, 1993
NEWS ADVISORY: ENGINEERING STUDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE HUMAN-POWERED VEHICLE How fast can a vehicle with a one-manpower "engine" go? About 44 m.p.h. in the case of "Low Profile," a human-powered vehicle designed and built by a group of aeronautical and astronautical engineering students at The Ohio State University. The students will demonostrate their HPV at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, at the Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory, 2300 W. Case Rd., adjacent to the university airport at Don Scott Field. The vehicle will be on display from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the laboratory. At 3:45 p.m., the guests will be escorted to a airport taxiway for high-speed demonstration runs. The student team designed the vehicle as part of an aerospace design class. The vehicle, which resembles an airfoil in appearance, made its debut Aug. 18-22 in Minneapolis at the International Human Powered Vehicle Championships, where it placed third in two events. More than 30 teams from the United States, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom participated. The 10-foot long vehicle weighs approximately 65 pounds and has a shell of space-age materials forming a composite sandwich of very high strength and comparatively low weight. The two- wheel vehicle is similar to an aircraft fuselage in that it lacks a load-bearing chassis. The rider is positioned backwards and lying down to allow for a more aerodynamic design and a simplified, efficient drive system. For more information, call Dave Miklosovic, team leader, at 292-5491. # [Submitted by: REIDV (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thu, 16 Sep 93 12:57:41 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.