Who we are?
The UMBC SAE Clean Snowmobile team is comprised of close to 20 UMBC student studying different STEM disciplines including chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer science students, and information systems majors. The team will compete in an international competition held in Houghton, Michigan called the Clean Snowmobile Challenge with other universities from the United States and Canada.
The goals of the competition are to produce a snowmobile that is to be used in environmentally sensitive areas such as National Parks or other pristine areas. Each team will start with a stock snowmobile (In our case it is an Arctic Cat ZR 3000. Look at it below with a few of our team members!) and modify it to reduce emitted noise and contaminants such as hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide.
At competition, the team is given points based on 17 different deliverables ranging from objective noise and subjective noise levels to fuel economy and MSRP values. This is an amazing opportunity for students to compete and work in a setting where they must collaborate with various departments and become acclimated to real world engineering scenarios.
2019 marks an incredibly exciting year for the UMBC Clean Snowmobile Club. It is the club's second year in existence, and after a year of getting the club organized and started, projects on improving the snowmobile have finally begun! As a university in the state of Maryland, we will be the southern most team competing in this competition. We are incredibly proud of this fact and are looking forward to participating in a competition that until recently has been exclusive to northern universities. We have made significant process for starting a club of this magnitude over the past year and like we said, projects have already begun!
The team will be using its own Engine Control Unit in addition to the stock ECU so that members will be able to tune and optimize the engine to achieve maximum fuel efficiency. The ECU will monitor the air-fuel mixture, fuel injection, oxygen readings and many more attributes that are incredibly informative. We will also be adding a catalytic converter reduce the amount of toxic pollutants entering the atmosphere through the snowmobile exhaust. Additionally, the team will be converting the fuel intake system to be compatible with fuel that is up to 85% ethanol (that's a lot of ethanol). And like we said, work on these projects has already begun!
On the left, team members are measuring engine space to determine where the catalytic converter will go. Seen below, team members are taking the apart the fuel intake to system to identify the fuel pump and fuel pickup lines that need to be converted to allow for E85 fuel. These are just a few of the projects the team will be working on over the next year for competition.
Although it has not slowed us down, the club lacks a permanent space on campus to place the snowmobile and has to travel to an automobile shop away from campus where the sled is temporarily being stored. A closed trailer would provide the club with a way to both store the snowmobile and serve as transportation for the sled to and from competition.
Additionally, the trailer would provide a workspace and storage unit for tools, equipment, and various fuels needed for testing. A trailer is the final step for UMBC SAE Clean Snowmobile Club in becoming a fully operational organization! We are very excited and encouraged about our progress so far but we want to keep going.
Our goal is to raise $3,000 through different fundraising avenues. This money will be allocated to buy a closed trailer compatible with a snowmobile that will be used for storage, travel, and workspace for the club. This trailer will ensure that the club is able to continue as an engineering organization at UMBC for many years to come. Although we know that this is an ambitious goal, team members are working incredibly hard to make this come into fruition. We hope that learning about our club has inspired you to become a process of our club's beginning.
Help us succeed!
Your donation is greatly appreciated as well as sharing this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely we are to make this work out brilliantly. We will keep this page and our progress updated throughout this process.
We hope you have become just as excited about our club as we are! If you would like, we will add you to an email list that provides monthly updates on what the club is working on. This way, you can see our progress as we work towards our goal of attending competition March 2020! We would love to have you along for the ride.
Thank you for spending your time learning about our organization and reading about what this competition is all about. We appreciate any kind of support that you will give us. So, from the 2019 SAE Clean Snowmobile Club, we say a grateful and emphatic, thank you!
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