EFest 2019 saw a massive participation from FISAT, with two teams participating in Aeromania and a team each for the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) and Student Design Challenge (SDC). Held at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, FISAT was determined to make it’s presence known on ASME’s Asia-Pacific stage.
The teams made their way to the host college, VIT, on the 1st of February 2019. The host campus was impressive, and maybe even slightly intimidating as well. However, what really was impressive was the order the organizing team had wrought to the whole event. Everything from registrations to the sub events was on time and flowed smooth as they were intended to be.
Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC)
The challenge was to design a human powered two wheeler capable of completing and competing in the tasks set before it i.e a safety inspection test, a drag race and an endurance race.
The HPV team (codenamed Satvan) passed the safety inspection test with flying colours on the first day.
The second day was scheduled for the drag race. The female team won two of three races while the male team won one out of three.
The last day was reserved for the endurance race where the teams really had to show their mettle. The team came third in the endurance race.
Overall, the HPV team placed 6th in the Asia Pacific ranklist, an achievement not to be taken lightly.
Student Design Challenge (SDC)
The challenge this year was to design a robot capable to lifting spheres of varying diameters, placed on top of a PVC pipe, and transport it to a given catchment area, along with other constraints.
On the first day, the SDC team (codenamed Endurance 2.0) were to compete solo. Their task was to collect the maximum number of balls possible in a given time period. Points were given for collecting and placing the balls in the catchment area and deducted for knocking over the pipes and losing balls. The team qualified to go on the next round.
On the second day, they were made to compete in a tournament. They competed against another team in the same field. Unfortunately, they were knocked out in this round.
Overall, the SDC team placed 10th in the Asia Pacific ranklist, which was no small achievement.
The challenge was to design an RC aeroplane that weighed less than 800g (including the battery), capable of completing the tasks designed i.e gliding for maximum airtime after a specified time of full throttle and an obstacle course.
The two teams showed with their engineered airplanes.But the rough weather conditions made the competition extremely difficult to participate in. However, the two teams from FISAT stand proud to be part of four teams that managed to glide even for a few seconds.
They qualified for the second round i.e the obstacle course. However, due to damage sustained in the first round, they were unable to compete in the second.
Overall, they bagged the 4th and 5th place in the Asia Pacific ranklist.