Engineering students were challenged to convert a gas-powered go-kart into an electric go-kart as part of a design team project.

Project Helps To Bridge The Gap Between Academic And Professional Careers“The go-kart project helps students bridge the gap between their academic and professional careers by transferring what they learn in the classroom to hands-on experience,” said Colin Selleck, a mechanical engineering professor. 

As an introduction to an engineering project that goes beyond a classroom setting, Binghamton University students recently applied their skills to convert a gas-powered go-kart into an electric-powered go-kart. This was part of a Capstone Design Course project sponsored by The Raymond Corporation in collaboration with Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.  The purpose was to help the students apply their technical knowledge to actual engineering problems..

With the guidance of Raymond engineers — Fernando Goncalves, manager of engineering analysis and simulation at Raymond, and Dan Driscall, electrical engineer for product health at Raymond — and Colin Selleck, professor in the mechanical engineering department at Binghamton University, students began the fall 2012 semester learning how the go-kart works as a gas-powered machine. The go-kart’s performance was benchmarked and evaluated by installing sensors and data-acquisition equipment. The students then conducted feasibility studies and developed a design tool to identify a plan to convert the go-kart into an electric-powered vehicle.

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