Chemcar Team claims bronzeCopyright: AVT
During the annual meeting of the ProcessNet "Process, Apparatus and Plant Technology" (PAAT) association in Würzburg, the student ChemCar competition took place in mid-November next to the exciting conference program. This year, Starterfeld was heavily staffed with nine teams. In addition to the German teams of HAW Hamburg, TU Dortmund, DHWB Mannheim, TU Berlin, TU-Clausthal, and RWTH Aachen University, there were also three international teams: TU-Lodz (Poland), Azad University (Iran), and UTEC (Peru).
The goal was to develop a chemically powered vehicle (ChemCar) that is able to drive specific distances as accurately as possible, where tracks range in length from 5 meters to 20 meters. Teams develop innovative drive concepts which are evaluated in the three categories of creativity, safety, and race results.
This year, Mannheim, Tehran, Berlin, and Aachen competed head-to-head for the top of the table. In races where the track length was 15.5m, only Team Zero from Mannheim secured the coveted special points that are awarded for a small deviation from the target length (<10%). They made two runs with distances of 15.1m and 16.9m. In doing so, they secured the winning position there and then. Other teams missed the target by 2.1 m (Tehran), 2.3 m (Berlin) and 2.5 m (Aachen), leaving everything open after the race, so that the points in the creativity and safety categories were decisive. Team Rexon from Tehran made second place, with third going to caRWTH from RWTH Aachen University.
The ChemCar contest was supported this year by a number of sponsors: Inburex, Lanxess, Lonza, Covestro, Evonik, Kings, IntraServ Knapsack, BASF, Merck, ProcessNet and Deckema. In particular, we would like to thank our sponsors of the HANS HERMANN VOSS Foundation. Also, in the coming years we look forward to innovative concepts and innovations in the competition regulations.