This team aims to use this competition as a constructive way to apply class work into a live lab setting. The members of the team hope to collaborate amongst multiple disciplines to create a working, finished product. The team also aims to improve on practical skills learned in the
classroom such as soldering, circuit design and layout, and work with design software. The experience gained through this competition are easily transferrable to the workplace and have proven invaluable in a professional setting.
Wildcat Wind Power is in the process of designing a horizontal axis turbine complete with 5 blades for competition. They are aiming to lower cut-in wind speeds from previous competitions while attaining a high power coefficient at higher wind speeds. Having these goals in mind, the
team hopes to present a turbine that is versatile and efficient at all wind speeds presented at competition.
The team will be making use of an in-house 3-D printer for many of the parts of the turbine. In addition, WWP will be conducting tests with their newly completed wind tunnel that was designed and constructed for this competition. Utilizing these resources to refine and optimize their design, Wildcat Wind Power aims to present an efficient and innovative turbine at competition.
For this team, diversity is their largest asset. The team features members from various disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. It also incorporates a business major and several computer scientists. In addition, the team includes members with up to 4 years of experience as well as many new members. Together, this diversity of perspective has proven beneficial for the design process. Utilizing these various perspectives will prove to be a boon for the team in this competition and into the future.
Wildcat Wind Power’s largest strength may also prove to be it’s biggest weakness. As a volunteer group with many young members as well as several upperclassmen, the team has to balance the schedules of a diverse group to complete the project at hand. With many members of last year’s team gone and many older members on their way out, the underclassmen will have to learn quickly to keep the design work on schedule.
One of the most important things teams can take away from the Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 is the interdisciplinary experience they gain from completing a project from start to finish with other engineers. Teams also gain invaluable hands-on design experience and insight to the
organization of projects in professional careers. Through networking with professionals in the industry, team members can form connections that will be beneficial to their professional careers.