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Introducing our engineers: part 2

Before the Departureevent this Thursday, the 17th of August, it is time got get to know three more of our amazing engineers. This time you will get to know; Rasmus Johansson, Christoffer Axelsson and Johannes Söderberg!

Enginner Rasmus Johansson
Rasmus Johansson

Tell me a bit about yourself My name is Rasmus Johansson and originally I am from the 4th largest island in Sweden, Orust but I moved to Jönköping 3 years ago to study Mechanical engineering at JTH.


What is you roll in the team? I have been a part of the team since the beginning and as a part of the mechanical team. I have been involved in different areas of the car but my main focus and responsebilitie have been the folding mechanism of the car. The folding mechanism is a important component of the car in the sense of the time limit for the driver to get out of the solar car. The folding mechanism is special in our Case because we only have one split line on the whole car.

The mechanism have been thru many concepts but is finally working as intented. Besides the folding mechanism i have been involved with the manufacturing of the body aswell as manufacturing of our chassi.


If you could bring three things to Australia, anything you want, what would it be? The first thing that pops up is obviously the winning car, which I think we have but also a wrench just to be prepared if anything happens on the road. The last thing would be a good attitude, it just makes everything easier.


Last but not least, a “this or that“

Pineapple on pizza or no fruit on pizza?

Pineapple on pizza

Do the laundry or do the dishes?

The laundry

Hot weather or cold weather?

Hot weather

Apple or Android?

Android

Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

Pepsi





Engineer Christoffer Axelsson
Christoffer Axelsson

Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Christoffer Axelsson and I was born and raised in a town called Borås where I lived till I chose to move to Jönköping to study Construction Engineering at Jönköping University.


What is your primarily roll and responsibility in the team? My main responsibilitys has been making the body and windsheild a reality. The year has been eventful so far. Starting of with Victor Strandgren (CNC Byrån) manifacturing the mould for the composite body. The body were then shaped, formed and sanded by the team with help from professionals, to be revealed at JU infront of family, sponsors, students and others.


So what is your assignment right now? Since I have been elected as one of the drivers after going through several tests one of my assignments is to testdrive the car and getting used to it befor we ship it across the world.


If you could bring any three things to Australia, what would it be? I would say enough coffee x3, you can never get too much coffee. It will probably be well needed during the race since we know from previous teams that it can be long nights repairing and improving the car.


Thank you for taking your time answering the questions, before we let you go we’d love to do a “This or that“

Pineapple on pizza or no fruit on pizza?

Pineapple

Do the laundry or do the dishes?

The laundry

Hot weather or cold weather?

Hot weather

Apple or Android?

Apple

Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

Pepsi




Engineer Johannes Söderberg
Johannes Söderberg

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Johannes Söderberg and just like Christoffer I am born and raised in Borås but moved to Jönköping three years ago to study what i'm passionate about, mechanical engineering. I have been part of JU Solar Team 2023 pretty much from the start so it is extra exciting that we are just a few weeks from shipping the car and actually racing!


What is, or has been, your primary roll and responsibility in the team? From the start I have had a big part in designing and calculating the body of the car. As you probably have seen the shape of it is different from what we have had previous years which has been a true challenge. We have spent counless hours on the shape and aerodynamics of the car. But with help som some of our amazing partners and hundreds of e-mails, conversations and consultations we got it to production in time. I was also part of the entire production process which was an awesome experience, to be able to actually physically make the product that you have spent the past months designing. This year we made the body from idea to final product in a record breaking time which was exiting!

Right now I am focusing on other composite components such as wheel enclosures, aswell as getting to know the car and how it behaves on the road because I have been elected as one of the drivers.


What is the best thing about JU Solar Team and the project? I would say the experience you get from actually taking a product from theory to production and having it “come to life“. Everything from designing parts, testing, finding improvments to talking to manufacturers has been super exiting! Also being part of a large team with all kinds of people and making it work has been challenging at times but in the end we have always come out stronger.


If you could bring any three things, possible or not, to Australia what would it be and why? Thats a difficult one, but I would say a hammock since we are going to sleep in tents on the hard ground it would be nice to have someplace soft to lay from time to time. I would also bring a camera to capture everything from the race to the scenery. Last but not least I would bring the classic Swedish soda Julmust (Christmas soda), which is something us Swedes drink during Christmas.


Thank you for answering the questions, let’s finish with a quick “this or that“


Pineapple on pizza or no fruit on pizza?

No fruit

Do the laundry or do the dishes?

Laundry

Hot weather or cold weather?

Hot

Apple or Android?

Android

Coca-Cola or Pepsi?

Neither! Julmust


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