ME Student brights at The International Collegiate Design and Innovation Competition
Student LI Chak Hong of BEng(Hons) in Product Analysis and Engineering Design, Department of Mechanical Engineering has recently won "Creative Group Performance" Award in The International Collegiate Design and Innovation Competition 2015.
The competition held from 14 to 20 July 2015 in Beijing, is designed to model an international student competition with an aim to cultivate innovation and intercultural communications of undergraduate students from the Mainland China and Hong Kong region. Participants in teams of four are required to generate innovative plan under the topic of either Spaceflight or Aviation.
The competition adopted an approach of assigning the project and work requirements only at the onset so that contesting teams were not allowed to prepare any work beforehand but only to come up with a solution and to prepare for a report and presentation in a short duration.
Student LI Chak Hong grouped with two students from Beihang University and one student from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. During the competition, their mission was to come up with a solution on certain aeronautical issue in achieving "green aviation" within 3 days without any preparation. Their winning project, namely “Application of Plasma Actuator in Aircraft” investigated the ability and several possible applications of plasma actuator applying in aircraft to reduce formation of drag and turbulence, hence becomes capable to attenuate noise level and achieve reduction in fuel consumption during flight. Furthermore, the team suggested the emission of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide can be controlled after the installation of plasma actuator. These gas can be converted to harmless nitrogen and carbon in solid form, hence pollution caused by aircraft can be reduced.Their suggestion covered the areas of Ultra Clean, Ultra Quiet, Ultra Intelligent and Ultra Economical. Their brilliant idea with solid engineering knowledge as well as excellent presentation skills brought them the Creative Group Performance Award of the competition.
This year, students from 13 universities, including The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The City University of Hong Kong, to form teams with students from Beihang University and presented their projects in front of the judging panel consisted of professors from Department of Aerospace Engineering and Department of Astronautics of Beihang University.