Edinsolar (Solar Vehicle Challenge) Playlist

To celebrate Edinburgh University's new solar vehicle team - Edinsolar - I made a playlist of songs relating to the World Solar Challenge! Listen to the Spotify playlist here - spotify:user:bluepigeons:playlist:7zocxsdn41cMdkoRjNtF6P

Disc Brakes

 This is part of my Brief Guide To Brakes series - a result of my research for Edinsolar, the University of Edinburgh's solar vehicle team. HOW IT WORKS • Hydraulic piston pushes calipers together • The calipers press the brake pads against the disc • Friction from the pads slows the disc • The wheel … Continue reading Disc Brakes

Drum Brakes

 This is part of my Brief Guide To Brakes series - a result of my research for Edinsolar, the University of Edinburgh's solar vehicle team.  HOW IT WORKS • drum shoes pushed into the sides of the drum cylinder • friction slows down the drum cylinder • return springs pull drum shoes away from cylinder … Continue reading Drum Brakes

Band Brakes

This is part of my Brief Guide To Brakes series - a result of my research for Edinsolar, the University of Edinburgh's solar vehicle team. HOW IT WORKS • a band is wrapped part round a rotating drum • Pulling or pushing a lever creates tension in the band • the difference in tension between … Continue reading Band Brakes

Ausco Lambert Disc Brakes

This is part of my Brief Guide To Brakes series - a result of my research for Edinsolar, the University of Edinburgh's solar vehicle team. HOW IT WORKS • 2 flat rings have conical ‘divots’ (small holes) on one side of them and brake pad material on the other • The 2 rings placed together … Continue reading Ausco Lambert Disc Brakes

Brief Guide To Types Of Brakes

INTRODUCTION So I am in the mechanical team of Edinsolar - the University of Edinburgh's solar vehicle and I have spent this semester primarily focusing on the brake design. Although I have had a vague interest in the workings of tyres as I investigated them while designing tread patterns for my  OneStep project, I had … Continue reading Brief Guide To Types Of Brakes