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Formula Electric Belgium vzw unites a group of motivated engineering students from different campuses of KU Leuven University and Thomas More University College in Flanders, Belgium. The Formula project offers the team members a working environment which resembles a realistic case, in which they have to apply all their technical and soft skills.
Apart from enhancing these skills and bringing their education to a higher level, the practical goal of the project is to design, build and drive an electric Formula Student race car. In the process, they are joined by several partners who help realize the building of the car. After a year of development and manufacturing processes, the team will participate in several international events of the Formula Student competition.
THE PROJECT AS A PART OF THE CURRICULUM
Formula Electric Belgium is not just a racing team. The project offers a platform in which technological partners can showcase and test their latest innovative developments. The team wants to share the acquired knowledge and experiences with other students by developing informative and educational packages to promote engineering technology and science with a focus on electrical mobility.
Part of the curriculum
The team members of Formula Electric Belgium have a diverse educational background. This multi disciplinary project involves students from three different study programs:
- The Postgraduate Tech Innovations in Ventures & Teams at the KU Leuven, in which master students combine the project with a few optional courses. This postgraduate program can be divided over two years in combination with the industrial engineering master program or can be commenced after the master program in one year. This group of students forms the core of the team, postgraduate students typically occupy managing and organizational functions within the team structure
- The professional bachelor programs of Automotive Technology, Design & Production technology and Electronics at the Thomas More University College. In this program, students get the chance to design and realize a specific part of the car as a subject in their dissertation.
The master program Industrial Engineering at the KU Leuven where master students perform research on the application of new technologies to implement into the current design and in the future.
All these students combine the project with their regular study. Most of the team members are following a two year program. This way, the transfer of acquired knowledge between the different generations is ensured.
The Formula Student Competitions
Formula Student is a platform for the next generation of world class engineers. It is Europe’s most prestigious engineering competition for students and it is organized by SAE International. The competition was organized in Europe for the first time in 1998 because there was a big demand for young engineers with practical experience in terms of teamwork, design and project planning.
Formula Student challenges university teams worldwide to design and build their own car in only nine months time. The performance of the car and the qualities of the team are being evaluated during static and dynamic events. To complete this mission successfully the team has to work together and think of creative solutions for the problems presented by the judges. An additional difficulty is completing the whole project within a certain budget and time. The competition involves combustion cars as well as electric cars. Formula Electric Belgium only participates in the electric class.
A Formula Student event is not only a race against the clock where the first one to cross the finish line is the winner. During several days the teams are subjected to different tests. A team can set its goal for a sublime result for one of the tests or go for the best all-round result. The events are divided into two categories: static and dynamic events. All participating teams can join in the static events. To compete in the dynamics, the teams have to qualify during a very strict safety check called ‘scrutineering’.
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