Scenes from a student tractor pullJun 9, 2014
The 2014 International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition drew a big group of teams that challenged ag engineers, and more, to meet real-world challenges.
This gallery offers you a glimpse of a complex student design competition put on by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers since 1998. The just completed 17th year, was one of the biggest with 29 schools on hand, and 27 that competed in the new-tractor A-Team event.
What we show here is actually the culmination of nearly a year's worth of work where student engineers start with design rules the previous fall and begin the process of designing and building a new tractor. The process is involved. Rules require students to conduct real-world tests on their designs, including finite element analysis where stresses on a chassis or critical part are measured in the computer before touching real steel, or aluminum.