On the last day of TEKNOFEST, the world’s largest aviation, space and technology festival, the works of university students are exhibited.
METU Formula Racing Team Finance and Organization Team Captain Berre Şengül stated that they produced vehicles to participate in the competitions and stated that “Devrim23FNSS” was the first electric vehicle they produced.
Şengül, a second year student at the Environmental Engineering Department, stated that the team was established in 2015 and they produced a total of 4 vehicles.
Şengül used the following statements:
“Until 2019, our team was producing internal combustion vehicles. Since the pandemic period, the R&D of the electric vehicle has started. We have completed the production of our first electric vehicle, Devrim23. This summer, we participated in the Formula Student Czech Republic Competition held in Czechia. We made our country electrified. We represented it in the vehicle category. Now we are making improvements on it and at the same time we are continuing our work to automate it.”
Ömer Faruk Tebecik, a 2nd year student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, also gave information about the technical features of the vehicle. Tebecik said, “Our vehicle is powered by a battery of 150 horsepower and 480 voltage. In the competitions we participate in, it reaches 120 kilometers per hour, which is limited. It accelerates from zero to 100 in 3.5 seconds. The engine torque is also around 230 newtonmeters.” said.
“Karanda” can take off without the need for a runway
Kütahya Dumlupınar University students also took their place in the festival with the unmanned aerial vehicle “Karanda” they developed.
Kutay Yıldırım, a third year student at the Department of Electronics Engineering, stated that “Karanda” won the first place in the free category last year.
Emphasizing that Karanda can carry a useful load of up to 25 kilograms, Yıldırım stated that the vehicle can move both as a fixed wing and as a rotary wing vehicle, without the need for a runway.
Stating that they have also developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle to help earthquake victims, Yıldırım said that the incident area can be scanned with the said UAV.
“According to the results of our scan, I give an example, there are two injured people in the earthquake area. Depending on the condition of the injured, our vehicle leaves the hospital and takes the aid kits to the area. Then, if we have a patient who needs blood supply, our drone directly from there to the Kızılay center, and if there are the necessary blood groups of the people there. etc. completes them and takes the missing materials and flies to the hospital.”
KTU’s surface vehicle became the second in the world
Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) Technology Faculty Electronics and Communications Engineering Department 3rd year student Muhammed Oğuzhan Genç also stated that the surface vehicle they designed was the second in the world in the competition where participants such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Cambridge University took part.
Young stated that the vehicle can move forward automatically with the support of artificial intelligence, “We have 4 different camera systems. With the artificial intelligence card, it can detect the obstacles in front of it and escape from those obstacles, and at the same time, it can squirt water at its target.” said.
Explaining that they aimed to support the Turkish defense industry and technology while designing the vehicle, Genç said, “Parts such as rockets can be added to the vehicle in the defense industry. The vehicle can also be used in search and rescue, mine destruction and hostage operations.” he said.