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Making Kinetic Rain

Dimitri Rebich and James Tigue Woovin Yi, Dillon Quenzer, and Colin Sowards Morgan Cook and Joel Smith

The final design project for the ME 123 students during the Fall 2011 semester was a variant of the 2011 ASME National Student Design Project, called H2Go.

The premise is that there is an enormous amount of potential energy bound in 2.5 cm of rainfall. If the falling rainwater could be transformed into kinetic energy, then it could be used to power a car.

Students were given ½ liter of water and it had to be stored 16 cm above the ground. They were then tasked with designing a vehicle to convert the potential energy to kinetic energy and see how far their vehicles could travel.

Most vehicles traveled about 3 or 4 meters; the winners, however, were able to make their vehicles travel the full length of the hallway, over 30 meters.