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University Sponsorship

In keeping with Harwin’s policy of investing in new technology, we are pleased to showcase the following projects that have been supported and sponsored by Harwin.

Ecurie Aix (Formula Student) - RWTH Aachen University

The Formula Student team for RWTH Aachen, was one of the first German teams to enter in 2002, and have been entering an all-electric racecar since the 2014 season. For 2015-2016 build, Harwin becamse a sponsor and supplied Datamate latched connectors for both PCB and cable use. With the reduction in space and weight available using the Gecko range, Harwin and Ecurie Aix will be specifying these connectors for the 2016-2017 season.

Space Concordia – Concordia University

For the 2016 Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC), Space Concordia Spacecraft Division are working on their 3rd iteration of their 3U-CubeSat project, named Aleksandr. The picture shown is from the 2nd iteration, which came 2nd in the CSDC in 2014. A variety of Harwin products are used in the design – Shield Clips and Cans from the EMC range, J-Tek and Mix-Tek connectors from the Datamate range can be seen in the photograph.

Purdue Electric Racing – Purdue University

Harwin has sponsored the team from Purdue before, and previous cars have used parts from Harwin’s EZ-BoardWare range of surface mount solutions that address a range of industry challenges – EMC, cable management, test – saving production costs and increasing reliability. PER race team has now identified reliability as a key competitive edge, so it is evaluating Harwin’s hi-rel connectors, such as the company’s 2mm pitch Datamate series, the 1.25mm Gecko family and the M300 high density power connectors that can handle currents up to 10A.

WUSat-2 – Warwick University Satellite project

Harwin continued sponsorship during 2014-2015 of the WUSat project as they moved into Phase 2 – Deployment of a CubeSat from the ESA/REXUS rocket at 30km, carry out solar spectroscopy experiments during the descent and transmit the data to base. Gecko connectors were again utilised for their light weight, size and reliability, and a HotShoe connector was used for external communication.

WUSat – Warwick University Satellite project

In 2013, Harwin sponsored the latest Warwick University project to achieve a student satellite. This year was a prototype test – the satellite was launched to an altitude of approximately 30km via a high-altitude weather balloon. Gecko connectors provided the signal connectors between the multiple PCBs, chosen because of their light weight and reliability.

ESMO (European Student Moon Orbiting Satellite) – Warwick University

The Warwick team took part in this collaborative project co-ordinated by the European Space Agency, with 23 teams across Europe. Warwick’s brief was to design and build the power system that maintains payloads for the journey to a low orbit around the Moon. Harwin assisted with the supply of various Datamate connectors and associated tooling.

Global Formula Racing (Formula Student) – Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW-R)

Global Formula Racing is a unique international cooperation between the BA Racing Team from Germany, and the Beaver Racing Team from Oregon State University (OSU), USA. The Germany car is the electric version, capable of 160kph (limited to 120kph for the competition). Size, Current rating and vibration requirements led the team to specify Datamate Mix-Tek with 101Lok fixings. Harwin sponsored the team during their 2015 season.

Warwick Mobile Robotics – Warwick University

Warwick Mobile Robotics approached Harwin requiring a complete redesign of the robot. Harwin’s Datamate Mix-Tek was the perfect solution to their design issues, allowing the engineers to reduce the number of connectors required in the unit and ensure that their search and rescue robot was able to win the 2010 Robo-Cup Rescue Challenge.

Bodensee Racing Team (Formula Student) – Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft & Gestaltung Konstanz

In 2010 Harwin sponsored the Bodensee race team providing 5015 style circular connectors to meet their requirement for secure, waterproof connectors capable of carrying high power under heavy vibration. Harwin’s durable C90 range of circular connectors with their secure couplings were ideally suited to the team’s requirements.

Warwick University Race Team (Formula Student) – Warwick University

2010 saw Harwin sponsoring the Warwick University Formula Student team. 5015 style connectors from the C90 range were chosen for their rugged waterproof capabilities, and Datamate Mix-Tek for internal electronics to give excellent signal integrity under high vibration.

Imperial Racing Green Team (Formula Student) – Imperial College London

Imperial College’s Formula Student team went green in 2009, with an all-electric car for the international competition. Harwin were pleased to support this effort with Datamate J-Tek hooded connectors and tooling, suitable for the high-reliability demands of Autosport.

DARE Stratos Rocket (High Altitude Rocket) – Delft University of Technology

In 2009, the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering society from Delft University (Netherlands) conceived and built the Stratos rocket, a two-stage rocket designed to reach 15km altitude. Harwin Datamate J-Tek connectors were used for the primary link between all the flight hardware, to cope with the 30g acceleration and heavy vibration.

Delfi C3 (CubeSat) – Delft University of Technology

Delft University came to Harwin in 2007 looking to develop a miniature CubeSat design that would carry out a series of experiments for Dutch Space & TNO Science. Outgassing was a major consideration for the design, as was the security of connection under the extreme vibration and G forces at launch.  Datamate J-Tek connectors were chosen as the ideal connectors for these conditions.

ADIOS (Advanced Isolation on Sounding Rockets) – University of Applied Sciences Aachen

ADIOS aimed and succeeded in developing a microgravity platform for sounding rockets that reduces the vibrations felt by the experiments. It was launched on a REXUS rocket in 2012. The German students used Harwin Datamate connectors for the acceleration sensors.

UWESUB (Student AUV Challenge Europe) – University of West of England

Harwin have sponsed the UWESub twice, in 2011 and 2013. The 2011 team took part in the SAUC-Europe event, winning the Experimentation Award and gaining 6th place. The team chose Harwin’s C90 connectors for their waterproof abilities.

In 2013 the team returned to the SAUC-E event, and won second place. This time, Datamate S-Tek shielded connectors were used in the internal electronics systems.

STRaND-1 Smartphone Nanosatellite – SSTL and University of Surrey

STRaND-1 was developed in 2012-2013, using a smartphone as the onboard computer for a CubeSat. As with other recent CubeSat designs, Gecko connectors were once again chosen for their combination of light weight and high reliability. The launch was successful and the CubeSat has been operating for over 2 years.

TUfast ecoTeam – Technical University Munich (TU Munich)

This student car competed in the Shell Eco Marathon in Rotterdam 2014, and also the EducEco competition in France. The car was supported by Harwin with a package of Datamate L-Tek, J-Tek and Mix-Tek, all popular connectors in Autosport due to their high vibration resistance.

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