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Success Story

3022 km across the Australian desert and only with the power of the sun is the challenge of the World Solar Challenge. One of their participants is the team Sonnenwagen from Aachen. The students relied on the lightweight, wear-resistant and lubricant-free "Iglidur “plain bearingtechnology Made of durable tribo-polymers from Igus and drove successfully in sixth over the finish line.

For the route from Darwin to Adelaide, the participants have exactly one week time. The student teams from all over the world are developing different vehicle concepts for this purpose, thus demonstrating the colorful diversity of sustainable technologies. The Sonnenwagen team participated for the second time in the biennial competition.

"The bearings are immensely important because they hold the car together," says Kersten Heckmann from Team Sonnenwagen. "If a bearing fails, the repair is extremely time-consuming." In addition, the bearings used had to be wear-resistant and light. Because the lighter the sun car, the more efficient it can drive and can overcome a larger distance.

Sliding bearings everywhere you look

igus21019The lightweight iglidur bearing technology is found in countless places in the sun car. Self-adjusting "Igubal" clevises, for example, can be found in the telescope mechanism for the solar car cover and in the steering wheel iglidur J for use. The same material is found in the form of plain bearings in the suspension of the rear wheels and in the steering gear. The wear-resistant and lubricant-free endurance runner has a very low coefficient of friction on a variety of shaft materials, especially in dry running, and is vibration-damping. An advantage especially for the steering feel. In the hinges of the lid lock are also bearings of the material Iglidur G. The tribo-polymer is inexpensive and has a high wear resistance.

The lid of the solar car presented the team with a special challenge. The driver must be able to open and close the car independently when entering and exiting, these are the rules of the Challenge. A difficult task, because the lid is 5 m long, not one meter wide and heavy with the solar cells 25 kg. So far, the opening was jerky and power consuming. The problem lay in the heavy-duty printed bearings made of a standard plastic. Therefore, the team gave the short term 3D Print The bearings made of the high-performance plastic Iglidur I3 are commissioned by Igus. The laser sintering material is characterized by its low coefficient of friction and, like all other Iglidur materials, is resistant to dust and dirt and is ideally suited for the desert. Thanks to the use of printed stock, the driver now only needs a few seconds to get in and out.

University initiative yes

Projects such as the Sonnenwagen from Aachen are supported by the Motion Plastics specialist in the context of the young engineers support (yes). With the university initiative Igus wants to support pupils, students and lecturers with free samples and sponsoring as well as with the development of innovative projects.

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