CJB’s Keller Smith, a former Georgia Tech Chem-E Car leader and alum, traveled to the AIChE Student Conference in San Francisco in November to see the Ramblin’ Wreck engineers finish ½-inch shy of the top spot on the podium. The South Korean team KAIST lifted the big trophy when the final results were tallied.
CJB was a proud contributor as sponsor of the team’s 2016 efforts. Congratulations, Yellow Jackets!
The AIChE Chem-E Car Competition is an annual competition that engages students to design and construct a car that is powered by a chemical energy source. The car carries a given load over a specified distance and stop.
AIChE hosts nine regional competitions. Georgia Tech competes in the Southern Regional Competition, where the top five competitors move on to the National Competition. This year 41 regional winners from all over the U.S. plus 10 international teams competed for the top prize.
Video of Competition (4 min.): http://www.aiche.org/chenected/2016/11/2016-official-chem-e-car-competitionr-video
The car must carry a given load of water (up to 500mL) safely to a given distance set on the day of the competition. In addition to being powered by a chemical energy source, the car needs to be stopped by a chemical reaction. Each team is given two trials, from which the better score is used to rank the team.