Anatomy of a Solar Car

Duct Tape: A Spotter’s Guide

Anyone who has ever read Heat Magazine, or read about Heat Magazine, will be aware that its USP (or, more accurately, SP) focuses on multitudinous close-up shots of cellulite and slightly flabby bits and otherwise un-photoshopped imperfections of celebrities whose day … Continue reading

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From Concept to Reality: The Canopy

Being the geek that I am, I sometimes like to sit down and watch Discovery Channel’s “How Stuff’s Made”. Last week, the program was on tortilla chips, combat knives and mattresses. Anyhow, this blog post will be like that, but … Continue reading

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Battery Taxonomy

Those ardent followers of not only our blog but also our twitter feed (@cuer2011) will have started to hear many names float about in reference to the battery. In deference to their loyalty, and also because it makes a reasonably … Continue reading

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Whither CFD?

CFD stands for Computational Fluid Dynamics and is the source of all those beautifully-rendered, streamlined pictures generated and displayed whenever someone talks about aerodynamics. But what does it actually take to generate those pictures, and is that really the whole … Continue reading

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Vortices Suck

Vortices are beautiful. As aerodynamicists, we strive for neat airflow. We want gentle pressure gradients and flow patterns that follow tidy, straight, parallel lines; boundary layers that stay nice and thin and never, ever separate; everything behaving as it should. … Continue reading

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MPPTs – what’s in a name?

Following on from the article on solar cells, we continue to disperse the dense fog surrounding electrical engineering to reveal the technology behind CUER’s most-loved acronym* – the MPPT. First off, let’s get the formalities out of the way. ‘MPPT’ … Continue reading

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Shining a Light on Photovoltaic Technology

A solar cell is fascinating, in that it is one of only a few machines that operate with no moving parts. This gives it a potential edge over other energy-generating technologies, which have to contend with energy losses and maintenance … Continue reading

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Aerodynamics and the Car of the Future

Aerodynamics (more generally known as fluid dynamics) is one of the more ‘user-friendly’ aspects of design. Most people have some instinctive understanding that cars (and anything else that moves) need to be ‘streamlined’. We don’t need to run a simulation … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Solar Car

One of the things that we felt was lacking on the original CUER blog was interaction with our readers. Although we built up quite a good regular readership, we got very few comments or feedback (perhaps our writing was just … Continue reading

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