Northeastern University American Institute of Chemical Engineers students won first place in the National ChemE Car Competition on Sunday, November 8th in Nashville, TN, beating 26 other schools from across the country and Puerto Rico.
The team designed, built, and tested their winning car, “TH2e Aluminator”
[2 should be subscript], to be both powered by and controlled by a chemical reaction. The car uses an aluminum and sodium hydroxide reaction to generate hydrogen to power a fuel cell. The kinetics of an iodine clock timing reaction is adjusted one hour before the race to meet a specific distance and load requirement.
Patrick McMahon (’10); Chem-E-Car captain Matt DiNitto (’12); Aaron Lamoureux (’12); Anthony Fusco (’12); Emily Nelson (’12); Emma Chory (’12); Michael Hess (’12); Samantha Wallner (’12); Jason Crater (’10) and Tim Lund, ECE, (’10).