While the team of 2017-2018 is still working really hard on the first motorcycle of Electric Superbike Twente, the team is already looking for next-years members. Do you want to accept the challenge to build a better motorcycle than we do? Then we need you!
Below we created an interest form, after you filled this form in, we will invite you for a small talk at our workshop. We will tell you something about our team and get to know each other better.The official deadline for application is the 15th of May.
Below you can find the different functions and positions with an explanation. The team has been divided in three subteams: powertrain, chassis and management.
The powertrain team is responsible for delivering a lot of brute power to our rear wheel. If you're in the powertrain team, you will work on the inverter, electric motor, battery management systems, control systems, and the battery pack. Our team is unique in the way that we design and manufacture a lot of electric systems ourselves, instead of just buying them from manufacturers!
As chief powertrain you are responsible for the whole electronics department. You make the important decisions concerning the electrical systems and you keep an eye on the planning you made. Also you're in touch with the companies that support our team on the electronical side.
As a software engineer you're working on the battery management system or the custom ECU. These components need programming, in order to communicate with all the different systems. As a software engineer you need to have a broad overview of all the electrical systems and allow the superbike to have maximum power. Another topic of interest is wireless communication, via Bluetooth to our Bluetooth network, or via radio to the pitbox. The programming is done in C++ through embedded systems.
This year we used a standard motor controller, the Bamocar D3, this was delivering maximum 140kW with a certain efficiency. Next year, a big challenge is creating a better, higher-power and more efficient motor controller in collaboration with a motor controller. Another challenge is integration the design of the inverter with the motor, which saves al lot of space and weight. This will require a lot of cooperation with the motor engineer.
Work in progress.
Also these batteries need a battery management system to manage and monitor the behavior of the cells. Work in progress.
All the electronical data that has been collected by the powertrain team has to be centralized and put into order to be analyzed. You are also responsible for analyzing the data of the previous team, which is really valuable for improving the motorcycle of your team.
The chassis team makes sure the power created by the powertrain team gets to the track properly. Designing a racing bike chassis is a fine art, which is a defined by lots of testing and trying out. Next to that, the whole bodywork, swingarm, electric motor housing and all brackets and parts have to be designed in a way that is both strong and light enough.
As a chief chassis you are responsible for the whole design of the chassis. This includes all components like the frame, swingarm, electric motor housing, aerodynamics and the battery construction. It is essential that you have a broad systems view, due to all the interactions between the components. You have to factor in weight, dimensions, regulations and ease of use. You are also responsible for the communication with the different companies that produce the components and help us with our problems.
Essential in an electric motorcycle is the battery pack. There are many ways to implement the battery pack in the motorcycle, one could choose to make the system modular or to integrate the design in the frame.
This year we designed a custom motor in cooperation with AE Group. AE Group did the motor design and our task was to create an housing that was able to water cool the motor. You are going to look into different production methods that will allow the motor to be lighter and stronger. Also different state of the art motor designs, like axial flux or PMAC, have to be evaluated. A lot of communication with the electrical engineers is key.
The frame is the main component of the motorcycle, this will keep all the components in place and has to comply with the many specifications that will make a racing motorcycle ride like it should. Lots of concepts and simulations have to be run in order to create a frame that will be both functional and light, but also ridable and strong. Material knowledge and knowledge of production methods is key in this area.
In addition to the frame, the swingarm is crucial to the handling of the superbike. Again this part has to be simulated a lot in order to gain the right amount of flex and stiffness. As done in the MotoGP, experiments can be done with different materials and different designs, for example with carbon fiber swingarms.
Although a motorcycle is known to be not really aerodynamic, playing with the airflow around will be a major improvement to the overall efficiency of the vehicle. This should allow the vehicle to have a higher top speed and better acceleration. As in MotoGP, another component that has to be analyzed is the use and effect of downforce in motorcycles. Last but not least is the appearance also important, since we're trying to show that sustainability is really cool!
The management team consists of the team manager, head of powertrain and chassis, marketing & communications, external relations and finance. This team is responsible for a good result after a year of hard work. This team needs to acquire partnerships with companies in order to provide the technical team with enough cash flow and parts to make a racing bike. Next to that, the team also has to let the world know our mission through marketing.
As a team manager you oversee the whole process. Together with the chiefs and other people from the management you secure the planning and progress and you look for solutions for problems. You are also the face of the team and you will regularly get in contact with the press or major partners of the team. As a team manager you have to have a clear vision for the team and be able to look forward for possibilities and big opportunities.
The technical manager is responsible for the technical development of the superbike. You have to coordinate the communication between the powertrain and the chassis team, which is essential in a multidisciplinary team. You also have to oversee the technical planning and progress of the development. You have to have a broad overview and a wide systems view.
Building the superbike is one thing, telling our story to the world another. In order to have exposure from our superbike, we need to be really active on social media and offline media. Everybody in the Netherlands needs to know our story and it is your task to do so! You can organize events, start social media challenges or create a large buzz by doing some kind of spectacular drag race: the floor is all yours.
As a student team we have some great partners which allow us to do wonderful stuff like building this bike. You are responsible for keeping in touch with and expanding our portfolio of partners.
A small business like a student team needs a good administration, so the finance has to be in order. You manage the budgets and oversee the major cash flow in the team.
Operations needs to allow the team to do our work. As operations you improve the workshop, make sure the van runs and the engineers have all the tools they need to do their job.
Electric Superbike Twente organizes a few events throughout the year. You are responsible for making sure these events go as planned. Examples of the events are: superbike presentation, partner day, new team days.