Working industrially during my courses … (Part 1/2)
This blog shares my experiences with building a Formula Student car at Chalmers while getting to work with many companies!
Chalmers never ceases to amaze me! Since the beginning of my courses, I have always felt an inherent connection with the industry. It is evident from the guest lectures from industries, or the numerous events conducted by companies all year round at school. This blog is a series of two articles, which covers my industrial experience while working with Chalmers Formula Student (CFS). Now, CFS is Chalmers’ own Formula Student team who have been designing and developing a new race car every year, which is manufactured mostly by students! It starts from September and lasts for about 12 months till August next year and Chalmers University awards 15 ECTS for it. CFS prepares a team of about 30 Master’s students from all branches and a few Bachelor’s students at Chalmers to design and manufacture a performance all-electric racing car every year to compete at Formula tracks across Europe in the summer. This blog series talks about my industrial experience in two parts.
The first part can be exemplified by our work at NEVS, Trollhättan
. They have been a crucial point of contact for our project for two years and have provided us with the industrial space and resources to build our vehicles’ Chassis and Aerodynamics components at their facilities. Since all these parts are manufactured in carbon-fibre/aramid composites which involve hazardous chemicals, all the students who are involved in such manufacturing first have to go through a health check-up and safety course conducted through Chalmers. Also, we have a short course in manufacturing of composites by our faculty advisor and alumnus to get us acquainted with this. It really helps to think in the right direction when actually manufacturing the parts optimally. It was quite difficult to build the parts at NEVS, owing to the immense complexity and the sheer time taken to build each and every one of them. Also, it involved heavy amount of epoxy (A known allergen) making us wear protective suits while working, thus making it even harder to work. However, this counted as the best industrial experience so far, by actually working and building stuff there as a student, which was incredible. And, at the end of it, the quality of the Monocoque and Aero package we built spoke for itself!
Written by: Bharat Mehta
Photos by: Filip Ljungström and Josefine Johansson