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A group of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics students at An-Najah National University are getting ready to participate in the Formula SAE Competition in Silverstone, England.

Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE International (previously known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE). The competition started in 1980 by the SAE student branch at the University of Texas (Austin) after a prior asphalt racing competition proved to be unsustainable.

The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item.

The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules, whose purpose is both ensuring on-track safety (the cars are driven by the students themselves) and promoting clever problem solving.

An-Najah team will compete with 100 other teams from around the world.

The team includes 12 students, namely; Amira Tammam, Najeh Tubeileh, Karam Ghanem, Husam Habayeb, Ahmed Bahlaq, Ahmed Abu Jazar, Mohammad Nasasra, Mahmoud Ghanem, Mohammad Emeir, Zeid Omari and Motaz Qtait.

The supervisors are Dr. Mahmoud As'ad, Dr. Adel Juaidi and Engineer Ramez Khaldi from the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Departments.

The students were divided into three groups where the first group manufactures and the second chooses the engine, conducts feasibility study and manages administrative affairs and propaganda.

The third group is responsible for designing parts of the car using engineering programmes that simulate the actual design.

It is worth mentioning that the pieces An-Najah team used to manufacture the car were derived from recycled local materials.


This year competition will take place on July 11 – July 15, 2018.

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