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Mechanical Design of an Autonomous Solar Vehicle


C. Elmiger

Semester/Bachelor Thesis, SS 08

At the Automatic Control Lab, a reduced scale solar vehicle is going to be designed and built in order to apply modern control techniques. This vehicle shall represent an autonomous vehicle at a remote place. In this semester project, the mechanical design of the vehicle shall be performed. This includes the overall shape of the car, the car frame, the suspensions and the wheels. The vehicle has to be able to drive off-road over bumps and holes, while the electrical parts are well protected. The size of the solar vehicle should be between 300 x 200 mm to 500 x 300 mm. Reasonable trade-offs have to be performed between the size, weight and the prize of the vehicle components. An important aspect is the modularity of the vehicle. The overall design of the solar vehicle should have capacities for extensions with various sensors, actuators and electrical components. In cooperation with other semester students, the location of the solar panel and the other electrical components shall be determined. The way of accelerating and steering has to be decided for.

Supervisors: Prof. M. Morari, Thomas Besselmann, Dr. Sebastien Mariethoz


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(13)Semester/Bachelor Thesis

S. Mariéthoz

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