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Day 6 @ Shell Eco-marathon

July 7th, 2018|

Day 6 @ Shell Eco-marathon DNV GL Fuel Fighter is the first runner-up for the Shell Eco-marathon 2018 UrbanConcept class in battery-electric! First and foremost, we want to say thank you to our amazing sponsor DNV GL for all their support during the last ten years! Let’s make it ten more! The team could not be prouder with our result this year. The last time we placed in the top 3 for the UrbanConcept class was in 2014 so this is a very good result for us! Our 4th and final attempt was at 176.4 km/kWh. We were 6.74% off [...]

Day 5 @ Shell Eco-marathon

July 7th, 2018|

Day 5 @ Shell Eco-marathon Wohooo! Day 5 of #makethefuture live went extremely well for us! Attempts The team made 3/4 attempts yesterday. Our attempt 1 was 104.72 km/kWh. We were pleased that attempt 1 was valid as this put us to be in the running for the Design Award. Attempt 2 went at 112.98 km/kWh which is 8.26 km/kWh better than attempt 1. However we found out that our suspenion on the wheels were curving and had misalignments. Also, while we were on the track, our rear lights were not very consistent. Some lights were on and some [...]

Day 4 @ Shell Eco-marathon

July 6th, 2018|

Day 4 @ Shell Eco-marathon Testing. Testing. And more testing! Day 4 was all about putting our car on the track and seeing how all the functions work to make sure we are set for the main competition. We tested our car on both the available times the UrbanConcept class testing was open on the track. Our first test went very well. We completed the full 12/12 lap. This was very exciting for the team because we see this as a massive improvement compared to what happened last year. However, we still needed to do a few adjustments [...]

Day 3 @ Shell Eco-marathon

July 5th, 2018|

Day 3 @ Shell Eco-marathon It was a very long but rewarding day yesterday as we had a lot of tasks lined up for us. The day started off with a briefing led by Sivert. After the briefing, we went on our way to the tracks to check out the route. We then headed back to our garage to fix a few things on our car here and there before we could go to our first testing on the track. First Testing We tested our car and found out that our clutch works but it was not [...]

Our Visit To The DNV GL Headquarters

July 4th, 2018|

Our Visit To The DNV GL Headquarters Whilst we were on our way to London, the team made a visit to the DNV GL Norway headquarters in Oslo. We presented this year's car to the staffs and team members of DNV GL. Sivert, our Project Manager kicked off our brief presentation and spoke about a few details of our car. A few of our team members represented each department such as the mechanical, electrical, and R&D to discuss what each of them have contributed to this year's car. As shown [...]

Shell Eco-Marathon Is Here!

July 2nd, 2018|

Shell Eco-marathon is Here! The team has finally arrived in nice and sunny London! Our journey to London began at the end of last week, where a couple of our team members packed up the car and hit the road to drive all the way from Trondheim to London. The rest of us flew over from Norway yesterday or today to get the Shell Eco-Marathon 2018. Today we spent the time registering our team, setting up our garage at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and our camp site in humid but windy weather conditions. One thing is for [...]

Welcome To Day 2 @ Shell Eco-marathon

July 2nd, 2018|

Welcome To Day 2 @ Shell Eco-marathon The team woke up very early today to get to our garage and gear up for technical inspection. The technical inspection is a first-come first-serve basis for the 21 UrbanConcept cars competing. Hence, the team has been lining up since 8 AM today. Of course building the car is the biggest task but we also have to go through a few several design processes. The team has to pass technical inspection in order to be allowed to get into the tracks. For the competition, the Shell Eco-marathon Tech Team checks out [...]

The ups and downs of our year

May 27th, 2018|

The ups and downs of our year As this school year draws closer and closer to an end, it is a natural point to look back and see what we have learnt before we go to London and the Shell Eco-marathon! For us here at DNV GL Fuel Fighter it’s been a year of progress we have changed our main language from Norwegian to English to fully utilize the minds at our university, including our many and varied exchange students. Even if this has had its own challenges, ultimately we are a stronger team because of it. We [...]

Manufacturing of the Carbon Fibre Rims

May 6th, 2018|

Manufacturing of the Carbon Fibre Rims Shell Eco-marathon is a competition to create the most efficient car. In order to be as efficient as possible, there is one factor which is very decisive: the weight. Therefore, we are continuously thinking about how to reduce the weight of our car. In the end of last year, we decided to build new rims manufactured out of carbon fibre composites to achieve our goal of getting the car weight from 94 down to 90 kg. The material selection of using carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP) was heavily influenced by its material [...]

Reminiscing The Past

May 6th, 2018|

Reminiscing The Past DNV GL Fuel Fighter has come a long way to get to where it is now. The previous teams are an important learning experience for the current 2018 DNV GL Fuel Fighter team. By looking back on the past, we are able to see the story about how DNV GL Fuel Fighter evolved throughout the years. The failures and the triumphs in the past reflects on the identity of who the team is now. The past allows us to acknlowedge previous victories. 2009 was a massive year since the team won 1st and broke the 2008 [...]

April Monthly Update

April 29th, 2018|

Monthly Update for April The Grand Unveiling has been our biggest focus for this month. This marked the 10th Year Anniversary of the cooperation with our main sponsor DNV GL. A lot of hardwork, thoughts, and efforts were put into preparing this event and we had a lot of fun showcasing it to you all. Below is a short recap of the Grand Unveiling: Our Project Manager, Sivert kicked off the event by talking about our team and Shell Eco-marathon. We were fortunate enough to be joined by two [...]

Our Powertrain Test Bench

April 13th, 2018|

Our Powertrain Test Bench Efficient and reliable propulsion is a crucial aspect for every car in Shell Eco Marathon. To develop the powertrain is much more than just designing and making gearing mechanisms. Testing, verification of functionality and fine tuning is also needed. To do this the car could of course be driven. However, there is a few shortcomings with this approach. One is that it is time demanding to test the whole car. Another is that the car is often in pieces and therefore not always ready to be driven. It’s also hard to verify performance while [...]

March Monthly Update

April 11th, 2018|

Monthly Update for March March was a very eventful time for the team! Sigurd Sollien from P4 Radio Norway visited the team’s headquarters here at NTNU and checked out what we have been up to in the R&D team as well as the workshop. The progresses we have made during the past month are as follows: Design is now complete with the car ‘foiling’ concept that was introduced during the previous month’s monthly update. Electrical has created a server solution to increase [...]

An Ergonomic Approach To Our Steering Wheel Design

April 9th, 2018|

An Ergonomic Approach To Our Steering Wheel Design Good design is more than what meets the eye. It is about the user experience, both the aesthetics and how well it works with the user. This is something we, as designers in DNV GL Fuel Fighter keep in mind when we design parts for the car. This week, we are taking a closer look on how design principles and user experience based design is used to design this year’s steering wheel. As designers, the most important thing for us is to consider the user throughout the entire design process. [...]

Using TOSCA To Optimize Mechanical Structure Designs

March 18th, 2018|

Using TOSCA Structure To Optimize Mechanical Structure Designs We are not far behind from the end of this semester, and each team department is working hard to optimize our car towards the competition. However, the Research & Development team has been working behind the scenes with another project on a completely different timeline namely: the body of our next car! R&D has explored the possibilities of using generative design in the creation of the next chassis, using optimization from the very start of the design process. During the beginning of this semester, the major software company Dassault Systèmes [...]

The Motor Controller

March 11th, 2018|

A closer look at our motor controller Here at DNV GL Fuel Fighter, we implement and design an electric car. In essence, usage of battery as the main energy source and the operation of an electric motor for our car are the key concepts behind our electronic works. This week we are taking a closer look at our motor controller and show you its importance and functionality on our electric car for the Shell eco-marathon 2018 competition. A motor controller is an electronic circuit that controls the amount of energy sent to the motor to have the [...]

Monthly Update

February 28th, 2018|

Last month in pictures, February February has been an exciting and busy month for DNV GL Fuel Fighter! We are delighted with the progresses we have made and we are delighted to share our progress with you! Mechanical has made both the left and right car windows via vacuum forming using molds. The Electrical, Mechanical and Design team have worked together to create a new steering wheel. And us in marketing have been busy filming videos and documenting all the exciting things DNV GL Fuel Fighter are working on! The electrical team has [...]

A Closer Look At Our Tanguy

February 16th, 2018|

A Closer Look At Our Tanguy One of our team members, Tanguy Simon is currently an exchange student at NTNU from Toulouse, France. Tanguy was a member of Toulouse Ingèniere Multidisciplinaire, a French Shell-Eco Marathon team that currently holds the world record for the most energy efficient UrbanConcept car. Now, he has made his transition acting as DNV GL Fuel Fighter’s Electronic Team Leader. The team sat down and spoke to Tanguy about his adjustment joining DNV GL Fuel Fighter and experiences when he moved across Europe. We are extremely delighted that he chose to come here [...]

The Countdown To Shell Eco-marathon Has Started

February 1st, 2018|

The Countdown To Shell Eco-marathon Has Started We are scraping through the second month of the new year and what a busy past month it has been! We have gotten six new members, started filming new videos, done a real ‘spring’ cleaning of our office and workshop and as you can see created a brand new webpage! We are quite excited about the changes we have made, as well as the fact that our team has grown and changed (for the better!) in the last six months or so. We will share some of this with you [...]