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MAKER: Autonomous Solar-Powered Vehicle as a Learning Tool in Robotics and Green Energy

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/p.25609

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https://peer.asee.org/25609

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152

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Richard Y. Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Yalcin Ertekin Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Ertekin received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Istanbul Technical University. He received MS degree in Production Management from Istanbul University. After working for Chrysler Truck Manufacturing Company in Turkey as a project engineer, he received dual MS degrees in engineering management and mechanical engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla. He worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as a quality assurance engineer for two years and lived in Toyota City, Japan. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MS&T in 1999 while he worked as a quality engineer for Lumbee Enterprises in St. Louis, Missouri. His first teaching position was at the architectural and manufacturing Sciences department of Western Kentucky University. He was a faculty at Trine University teaching mainly graduate courses as well as undergraduate courses in engineering technology and mechanical engineering departments. He is currently teaching in Engineering Technology Program at Drexel University. His area of expertise is in CAD/CAM, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, rapid prototyping and quality control. His research interest includes sensor based condition monitoring of CNC machining, machine tool accuracy characterization and enhancement, non-invasive surgical tool design, reverse engineering and bio materials.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Abstract

This paper presents the design, construction, and programming of an autonomous solar-powered ground vehicle by combining advanced autonomous robotics with green energy technology. The vehicle has been based on a customized remote control car whose steering is controlled autonomously using an Arduino microcontroller. The vehicle is able to drive to preset destinations using a global positioning system (GPS) receiver module and a compass to navigate to waypoints until the destination is reached. The vehicle can be powered using a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that is recharged using solar panels. A maximum power point tracking (MPPT) solar charger is used between the panels and the battery in order to provide the maximum charging current to the battery. A Bluetooth module is used to allow for wireless communication between the vehicle and an Android Smartphone. The paper aims to convey the importance of integrating educational robotics integrated with green energy as a technological learning tool for undergraduate students and explain how it helps students prepare for the future of industry.

Chiou, R. Y., & Ertekin, Y., & Tseng, T. B. (2016, June), MAKER: Autonomous Solar-Powered Vehicle as a Learning Tool in Robotics and Green Energy Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25609

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