The Challenge

2016-ME-Wind-Blade-Challenge-Guide

The Challenge

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Students manufacturing their blades at the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine.

Using kits supplied by the Maine Composites Alliance that contain 3 blocks of foam, one sheet of fiberglass and the competition guidelines, teams of students design a set of wind blades. They infuse the blades either on-site at a composites company or at an educational facility.

The goal is to manufacture an assembly, meeting defined specifications that will generate the most energy in 3 minutes or less. Students must also prepare a presentation that addresses technical design and engineering process.

Judges with both industry and academic backgrounds score entries on design criteria, energy generated and presentation content and delivery to choose the winning Challenge team.

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