In 2003 we started to work on a sled based on a 203 4-stroke Arctic Cat. The first year we produced a singularly ugly fairing for the snowmobile. It did not well represent the skills of the team but performed admirably at the competition.
Last year a better looking fairing was produced although the fit and finish were still inferior to commercial or custom snowmobiles. The best result last year was that a quality mold with a reasonable shape was produced by the team.
The team this year will be expected to produce a high quality design for a optimized lay-up and to then execute the design with an eye toward rigidity and appearance of the structure. This is a stiffness limited design and the development of a light weight cowling is important to the overall performance of the snowmobile since weight is an issue.
|Proposal for modified milestones and initial deliverables: September 15, 2005|
|Review of optimized composite lay-up|
|Material specified and orders prepared for final fairing|
|Production of "splash" to evaluate mold fit and demonstrate the ability to produce a part|
|Materials available and material cut for final part|
|Presentation of first semester results including "splash" and composite design: December 6, 2005|
|Fairing complete and sent out for final body work and paint, February 10, 2005|
|Final equipment tested and installed on competition sled, March 3, 2006|
|CSC Competition, March 13th -18th, 2006|
|Set up of projects for final review, Maine Day: May 3, 2006|
|Open house, operational review of project: May 4, 2006|
|Final Project Report due: May 10 2006|
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