With an aim to provide a platform to students from across the country to showcase their technological and engineering expertise, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Delhi Technological University organised a Human Powered Vehicle Challenge contest in the Capital recently. This contest was held in India for the first time under the aegis of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Professor PVM Rao, IIT Delhi, said, “Competitions such as Human Powered Vehicle Challenge are helpful in multiple ways. They provide an opportunity to students to work on real life engineering projects, which often do not happen in our academic settings. It also gives a message that engineering is a team-based activity where engineers from different disciplines collaborate to realise a product. It helps in honing students’ project management skills, mental visualisation skills, technical communication skills and creative thinking as well.”
Talking about his design, Azhar Nehal from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad says, “Our team Wheelism designed a two-wheeled, single -seated human powered vehicle capable of safely running at high speed. Our main innovation was the front-side protection system (SPS) which is very similar to the systems used in motorcycles. This system works in combination with the mandatory roll-over protection system (RPS) that prevents the rider from falling on the ground in case of an accident and thus preventing injuries.”
Another participant, Rhythima Sinde from IIT Mumbai says, “We were a four-member team, out of which only three were technical members, while the fourth was the rider. Our aim was to make a good design with minimum drag, best aesthetics, good stability and high speed. We were funded by the institute and worked with our industrial design centre.”
HPVC is an inter-college design, fabrication and racing competition for students where teams have to conceptualise, design and fabricate a human-powered vehicle to participate in a three-day event comprising a design competition, an endurance race and a drag race.
Winners included teams from ISM Dhanbad, Rajarambapu Institute of Technology in Maharashtra and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.