A student test rides the all-terrain vehicle designed by students of Mechanical Engineering Department of RVR & JC Engineering College, Guntur.— Photo: T VIJAYA KUMAR
A group of enthusiastic students of Mechanical Engineering Department in RVR & JC College of Engineering have given shape to their innovative idea and designed an off-road all-terrain vehicle (ATV) all by themselves.
The ATV designed by 30 third-year students, who named themselves as ‘Falcon Racers,’ is in race to win the prestigious prize in national-level technical event called ‘Delta Shootout 2014’ being promoted by Tata Motors at National Institute of Technology in Jamshedpur.
Led by team leader S.S Dileep Kumar, the students, supported by Head of Department Ravindra Kommineni, associate professors N.V.V.S Sudheer and K. Bala Prasad and technicians K. Siva Nageswara Rao and K.S.R Srinivas completed the herculean task of designed an all terrain vehicle in three months with a budget of Rs.3.5 lakh. The college management gave Rs.2 lakh, while the students pooled the rest of the money from local industrialists.
The team set upon themselves the tasks of breaking up of the project into various tasks. Designing was the most difficult task and the students worked on the prototype using Catia software. A prototype of the vehicle was fabricated and tested before work began on the ATV.
The team took care of minute details. The vehicle has to be built according to specifications laid down in the competition. The body was built of seamless steel-AISI 1018-which was brought from Mumbai, the engine — a Honda petrol GX 390CC — was procured from Pune, and the seat from Kolkata. Care was taken to design a suspension that can propel the vehicle to run in all conditions like climbing rugged hills, trudging through muddy soil and manoeuvring through rocky terrain. The vehicle has a ground clearance of 12 inches.
Principal of the college A. Sudhakar said that the designing of the vehicle was a learning curve for the students.