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									  Fuel Cells and Alternative Fuels Enterprise (various course numbers) Fall 2004

Government Sponsor & Funding Agency: United States Army, Tank Automotive and
Armaments Command (TACOM)
Government Contact Person: Erik Kallio (

Faculty Mentor: Jason Keith (
Phone: 7-2106, Office: 202-D Chemical Sciences Building, open office hours, best
reached 9-10 am & TR 1-2 pm.

Required Meeting Times: Wed. 6-7 pm ChemSci 102
Meeting Format: 1 weekly group meeting, weekly team meetings

Description: This interdisciplinary enterprise will investigate the use of fuel cells and
alternative fuels for auxiliary power and propulsion of ground based vehicles.

Projects: There are two specific projects that will be undertaken during the course of the
enterprise: the Chem-E-Car and the MULE military transport, both of which are outlined

Chem-E-Car: The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has an annual
competition to design a shoebox-sized vehicle powered by a chemical source. The
vehicle must travel a set distance between 50 and 100 feet and stop without the use of
mechanical brakes or electrical timing devices. The small vehicle must also be able to
carry a load between 0 to 500 mL of water. (description provided by AIChE Chem-E-Car

MULE: The MULE is a ground vehicle weighing up to 1 ton that performs military
transportation missions. These missions can be either of service to dismounted troops
(such as carrying heavy equipment) or for the movement of supplies. The MULE will
also have sensing and communication capabilities. The MULE may incorporate
mechanisms (such as robot arms and hands) to facilitate loading and unloading of
equipment and/or supplies.

The MULE is towed to an operational area by a larger vehicle. Once there, the MULE
has mobility sufficient to maneuver with dismounted forces within the operational area.
The MULE provides semi-autonomous navigation, possibly including automated loading
of selected supplies. About 30 to 40% of the MULE weight will be available for
transported loads. (above description paraphrased from Boeing’s Broad Industry

The MULE will posses the capability to travel at speeds of approximately 30 to 40 miles
per hour on improved roads using a diesel hybrid electric powertrain. The engine will be
run on alternative diesel fuels. A fuel of particular interest is a synthetic diesel fuel,
which is made from natural gas using Fisher-Tropsch synthesis. The MULE will also be
able to travel at walking speeds of 4 miles per hour for at least twenty minutes with silent
propulsion. The source of electric propulsion for this quiet movement will be a fuel cell.
In addition, auxiliary power for the unit will be obtained from the fuel cell.

Some possible uses for a MULE include: (description from Future Combat Systems
Statement of Required Capabilities)
              • carrying heavy loads for dismounted soldiers
              • operating in terrain requiring dismounting operations
              • performing services such as battery recharging
              • delivering supplies from battalion through company to soldier,
                  including ammunition re-supply
              • performing combat tasks such as recon of high-risk areas

Further requirements and information will be supplied by the project sponsor.

Broad-based goals: There are several specific goals for the enterprise during the fall 2004
semester: (NOT ordered according to importance)
       Business/Public Relations:
           • Development of project timeline with team leaders to use as a guideline
             for the enterprise
           • Complete needs assessment and recruiting sessions
           • Work with webmaster to keep AFG website up-to-date
           • Creation of a comprehensive accounting system
           • Enforcement of budget proposals and expenditure record keeping

       Chem–E Car:
          • Construction of new car for November 2004 national competition
          • Validation testing and calibration of new car
          • Modification of current car for marketing / publicity / demonstrations

       Research and Technology:
          • Obtain suitable battery packs and fuel cells for MULE vehicle (in
             collaboration with MULE Design team)
          • Search for future projects
          • Prepare and submit proposal for additional funding (in collaboration with
             Business / Public Relations team)
          • Work on Solectria / Fuel Cell / Battery / Controller integration
          • Aid MULE design team with research and calculations

       MULE Design:
         • Complete design for drive-train (components include half shafts / hubs /
         • MULE body design
         • Research and design all interior components (gauges, steering wheel
           placement, dashboard display)
         • Assist MULE Construction team with designing mounts, brackets, etc.
       Mule Construction:
         • Finish work on VW engine (run engine, test for power output using engine
         • Start putting components into assembled chassis skeleton
         • Finish suspension fabrication
         • Attach skins to skeleton
         • Finish work on GEM

Evaluation Tools: As this is a university course, you must receive a grade! This term we
will be using new grading criteria:

Objectives (20 points): Based upon your team objectives you will state one or two major
and one or two minor objectives for the semester. The team leaders, President, and Vice
President will judge if you met your objectives and assign points to you accordingly.

Individual Documentation (15 points): You will be required to write 4 memos during
the semester. The due dates and topics are:
           • 9/8 Outline of Individual Objectives and Team Goals for the Semester
           • 10/6 Individual and Team Progress Report
           • 11/3 Individual and Team Progress Report
           • 12/1 Individual Semester Summary of Progress Towards Individual
               Objectives and Team Goals

Team Documentation (40 points): Your team will submit a final technical report on
12/8. Your grade will be weighted by peer reviews from your teammates. An example of
an “A” report is available on the AFG website.

Initiative (5 points): Throughout the term you will be able to participate in several out of
class recruiting / support activities and earn initiative points. You can receive over 10
points for this objective.

Meeting Attendance (10 points): Attendance will be taken at all AFG meetings. If you
cannot make a meeting you must email Jason Keith at and the AFG

Advisor Review (10 points): The AFG advisor will give points based on his impression
of your effort put forth in the course.

Instructor / Sponsor expectations of the student: This course isn’t all theory and ivory
tower like you’re used to hearing about from me. It’s the real world. Enterprises are
essentially student-run businesses. Your job is to work in a team with your fellow
students to achieve the objectives and satisfy the project sponsor. A successful effort will
enhance your reputation, that of your team, and that of Michigan Tech. Keep this in mind
as you progress towards the goals of this enterprise, with realization that a poor effort will
do the same.

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