A Winning Effort Begins with Preparation

The Mississippi State EcoCAR 2 mechanical team has been busy working on the design for the high voltage battery box that will house its A123 battery modules. The battery pack is one of the most important aspects of the vehicle and working with it can be one of the most daunting tasks because of the sheer number of hours it requires. Designing it is not a simple or easy task, but the EcoCAR 2 competition and MSU provided the team with all the software it needs. Not only will MSU do extensive CAD work and finite element analysis (FEA) on the pack (using Siemens NX), the team will also use computation fluid dynamics (CFD) to help design cooling components. There is a lot of work to be done, but more time spent now in the design phase will translate to less time spent building and working on the pack in the future.

We applaud MSU’s hard work and encourage the team to keep plugging away on its battery pack design! It looks like Year One has really gotten into full swing.