EcoEagles Return Home Ready to Work

Ken Leslie (left) and Brandon Smith (right) inspecting the new engine

While the Embry-Riddle EcoEagles were away at Year Two Fall Workshop, they received word that the engine for their vehicle was to be delivered upon their return. The workshop was a crash course for the EcoEagles in all things controls, electrical, mechanical, business and communications. Shortly after their return, a GM 1.7L LUD engine, from Opel Corsa, was delivered to the Green Garage. The Eagles flocked home to begin working, and since the delivery, engineers have begun to finalize details to the re-design and prepare for the engine reconfiguration of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

Now that the engine has been delivered, the team will be able to properly model the interface between the generator and the diesel engine. Their next step however, is to directly mount the engine onto the test stand.

“The engine test stand was built over the summer by a group of senior design students,” Embry-Riddle’s Team Lead Ken Leslie said.  “This engine bay mock-up will enable the team to run parallel tracks during the control verification phase and the data logging of the original communication buses on the Malibu.”

The test stand holds the exact dimensions of the Chevy Malibu’s engine bay. It will be able to verify that all of the CAD Design components fit and allow for parallel development of the control systems. By using the test bed, the engineers will be able to minimize downtime for the vehicle until the engine is running. The test stand will also enable the controls team to transition from the SIL to HIL with greater ease because vehicle subsystems can be incorporated into the stand.  

With the delivery of the engine, the EcoEagles have now received the final component they need to begin engine testing. Piece by piece, the team will begin to see their designs from Year One take shape.