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.

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[Submitted by: REIDV  (reidv@ccgate.ucomm.ohio-state.edu)
               
Thu, 16 Sep 93 12:57:41 EST]
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