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bigHead supports university challenges

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18 Apr 2017

bonding fasteners for composite components in student competitions

bigHead supports university challenges

bigHead Bonding Fasteners Ltd provides sponsorship and supplier partnerships for several college and university level competitions and projects for engineering design. The list includes race car, solar powered vehicles and even submarine design projects as far and wide as the UK, India and the USA. These student challenges are bound by a common goal that focusses strongly on design innovation factors to yield benefits such as improved performance, enhanced fuel economy and increased endurance - which can be largely attributed to adopting aerodynamic lines and lightweighting through composite materials technologies. The design and manufacture of the composite components and provision for their efficient assembly are often closely comparable to those real-world applications that bigHead encounter on a daily basis - and bigHead is very pleased to help young students solve these challenges.

bigHead’s prominent role for discreet fastening in automotive manufacturing and other industries, and its shared work with research programmes such as the KTP funded project with Cranfield University’s Composites Centre makes it an ideal partner to help students; not just with products but with full technical support. This support is very much in line with bigHead’s philosophy to work closely with designers from their first ideas and concepts in shared engineer-to-engineer processes.

Projects include the Formula Student and Formula SAE competitions where teams are challenged to build and race a single-seat formula car with marks awarded for a number of different event areas including design, economy and endurance as well as racing and handling.  In this area, bigHead supports teams from universities in Estonia, Spain, UK and the USA. Another interesting area is solar powered vehicles. The Punch Powertrain Solar Team from the KU Leuven in Belgium and the KJ Somaiya College of Engineering in Mumbai, India are both working towards innovative weight-saving strategies in competitions judged on efficiency and endurance. A project challenge to build and race a one-man human powered submarine at the 2016 European International Submarine Race competition in Gosport, England involved a high degree of composite materials construction helped with bigHead bonding fasteners.