AICHE and the Chem-E-Car Competition

by courtneyb 1. October 2009 22:33
Posted by Courtney Benson
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Today we had our second general meeting for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). It is a student organization in the Russ College comprised of strictly chemical engineering majors. This year, Ohio University is hosting the regional AIChE conference in the spring. This is a really big deal and there is much planning that needs to be done.

At the regional conference, one of the main events is the Chem-E-Car competition. Each team is required to make a shoe box-sized car that runs off of an electrochemical device (OU uses a fuel cell that runs off of hydrogen from ammonia). I am not on the Chem-E-Car team, but I have a lot of experience with this because I took an electrochemical engineering elective last winter and our project was the same task. Our car (shown below) ran off of a copper-zinc battery using a gel electrolyte. Maybe if the team needs a few ideas, I could help them out.

 

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