Future Tests

These test units will be built using all the data from the 4x2ft Test Unit and Bicycle test unit to improve the design.

The One Mirror Stationary Test Unit will be built in order to fully test this improved design. It will have one full solar thermal car mirror. This mirror will be 6 feet wide and 8 feed long. It will be built exactly as if it were the final design in the car. Extensive testing will then be done to see if their are any final design changes before the system gets on the road. This system will also be able to provide hot water and electricity for our house during testing.

The One Mirror Trailer Test Unit will again incorporate any design changes required by the previous test units. This system will have one mirror and all the parts that will be included in the solar thermal. The drive motor and battery bank will be tested in this system on the road for the first time. The mirror will be mounted on the trailer right behind the car. This mirror will have removable back corners so it can be stowed as required by the Aerodynamic System. We are testing the rear mirror in order to get a good approximation of the drag of the full system. All the stow doors will be installed and then drive testing will be conducted. The speed will be increased to ensure all doors are secure. The electric drive motor will be tested. The drag will be calculated by driving an a flat highway and measuring the power the drive motor uses. We will also test how easily the doors are removed and the mirror is resembled for charging. We will take date going through a few driving and charging cycles to see the performance of the system. Any last minute design changes can then be done before the extra two mirrors are added and the solar thermal car is complete.

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