ITS Campus, ITS News – The Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) is always productive in developing a variety of reliable innovations each year. It was proven by four works of ITS students who all won awards in the 2019 World Invention and Technology Expo (WINTEX) at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), Jakarta which ended Saturday (12/10).
The innovative works are a tool called Antasena 3D Printed Wheel and Smart Renewable Floating Energy Generator (SEAFERS) that won gold medals. Then two other innovations are Antasena Portable Extruder Machine and Antasena Engine Control Unit (ECU) that won the bronze medal in that international event. Besides, Antasena 3D Printed Wheel also won the Best Innovation Award and became the best innovation at the event.
One of the ITS Antasena members, Muhammad Iqbal Al Barsyi explained that three of the four tools are innovations from the ITS Antasena team, and the other one is the innovation of the team from the ITS Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding Engineering Department.
Explained by the student who is often called Iqbal, Antasena 3D Printed Wheel is an alloy wheel whose main material is made of plastic. So that the plastic wheel is much lighter than the usual alloy wheel. “If the normal wheels weigh 2 to 3 kilograms, this wheel is only around 1.1 kilograms,” said the ITS Chemical Engineering Department student.
Besides, Iqbal continued, the manufacturing cost is also relatively cheaper than the wheels in general. In the manufacturing process itself, the wheels are designed using applications and then printed using a 3D Printer machine. ITS Antasena team also collaborated with ITS National Electric Car Team (Molina) in the printing.
So in the future, Iqbal hoped that the wheels can be used directly in the car. With a lighter weight, it will indirectly reduce the weight of the car and the fuel will also be more efficient.
While Antasena Portable Extruder Machine is a tool to convert plastic waste into filament. The filament is like ink in the 3D printing process that has been widely used at this time.
The way the tool works is by melting the plastic material at a certain temperature. The tool will produce a filament that is ready for use as ink for the 3D printing machine.
In addition to its low cost, the tool has also been designed to be practical and easy to move. “This tool also has the advantage of reducing plastic waste to be even more useful,” he said.
Then the third tool belongs to the ITS Antasena team, Antasena ECU is an electronic control unit that controls the actuator on the internal combustion engine to ensure optimal engine performance. The tool reads the value from many sensors that are in the engine room. “So they can interpret the data using performance maps, multidimensional, and adjust the engine actuators,” he said.
Antasena ECU also provides many special options to adjust the settings freely, unlike other ECU that can only provide a fixed mode. “The ECU consists of several electronic parts that we can easily get on the market and make it a simple instrument for important functions,” Iqbal said.
While one of the team members from the ITS Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding Engineering Department, Muhammad Taufiq Fathurrahman, who carries an innovation called SEAFERS said that the tool is a smart floating power plant that combines the concept of renewable energy. It is by using wind energy that drives the Savonius Wheel, and also the energy of the sea wave energy that will drive the Gorlov Helical Turbine.
Amazingly, continued the young man who is usually called Taufiq, the generator turned out to have almost no operational costs. The operational costs only on employee salaries and maintenance of building facilities. “Also, the electrical energy produced does not cause pollution,” Taufiq said.
2019 WINTEX is an event for young international scale innovators to present their work. This time, the event was participated by 15 different countries from all over the world.
Meanwhile, Iqbal hoped that more students, especially ITS students, will be able to contribute more to the Indonesian nation through technological innovations that can be applied and used directly by the wider community. (sof/gayatri/ITS Public Relation)
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