BUV team extends Trine win streak
By: Colin Meadowcroft - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

After winning the event outright for the first time in 2019, a new team of Trine seniors did the same at this year's BUV competition.

Team members Adam Ellert of Angola, Indiana, Wesley Gates of Stilesville, Indiana, Derik Gunthorp of LaGrange, Indiana, Manuel Urcino of Frankfort, Illinois, and Braeden Wallen-Frye of Kendallville, Indiana, all mechanical engineering majors, were able to improve their design process by implementing virtual reality technology.

In the BUV competition, each school designs a simple, low-cost vehicle that could hypothetically be used in a developing African country to perform daily tasks over rough terrain. The vehicles must be capable of pumping water onto their vehicle from a pond, successfully navigating a muddy 2.2-mile course and returning the water to the pond. The team that transports the most water during the allotted time period is declared the winner.

The Trine team completed 11 laps, seven fully loaded with water.
Trine scored 440 points. The University of St. Thomas from Saint Paul, Minnesota, earned 385 points for second place and the University of Cincinnati came in third with 345.

This year's Trine vehicle featured a completely new frame that was sturdier while being 10% lighter than the 2019 version. The group also designed a front-wheel assist system but was unable to complete it for the competition.
The team was then able to utilize Trine's VR laboratory, to allow multiple members to work in the VR environment at the same time. The team set up a mock seat for the BUV inside the VR lab and then measured the distance.

Trine, St. Thomas and Cincinnati were the only schools that competed this year.


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