MARCH 4, 2024

Racing Thrills Meet Sustainable Innovation: All-Terrain Go-Kart Manufactured by UOB Mechanical Engineering Students

Racing Thrills Meet Sustainable Innovation: All-Terrain Go-Kart Manufactured by UOB Mechanical Engineering Students

In a groundbreaking achievement, a dynamic group of BS Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Balamand (UOB) has introduced the in-house All-Terrain Go-Kart, a remarkable fusion of racing thrill and off-road ruggedness. Guided by the expertise of Dr. Macole Sabat, an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UOB, the team consists of students Hanna Lakkis, Georgio Bachaalany, and Mohamad El Jurdi, who have collaboratively worked in a very creative way to design and manufacture this go-kart for their BS final year project.

This cutting-edge vehicle is not just about speed and adventure, it is a beacon of sustainability, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 9 and 12). Crafted with a keen eye on the environment, the All-Terrain Go-Kart is a design that incorporates recycled and reused materials, effectively reducing both its ecological footprint and production costs.

That is not all that makes this Go-Kart stand out. Elevating the game in innovation, the students have implemented a unique engine cooling system. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies, they meticulously designed a nozzle that harnesses the power of air-cooling, eliminating the need for a traditional coolant system. In addition, the Go-Kart structure is meticulously studied through Finite Element Analysis of different scenarios to ensure safety.

The team's dedication to their project is evident in their words. Hanna enthusiastically declares, "Prepare yourself for a ride like never before, where sustainability meets speed!” Georgio adds that the All-Terrain Go-Kart is more than just a vehicle; it is a testament to the ingenuity of engineers and a pledge to a sustainable future. Mohamad chimes in, "Crafting this vehicle was a thrilling challenge, pushing the boundaries of innovation to create a new adventure that leaves minimal environmental impact”.

Vice President for Internationalization and Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Professor Rami Abboud extended his heartfelt congratulations to the team and their advisor for this new innovative design. He highlighted the significance of their achievement in pushing the boundaries of engineering creativity and contributing to a sustainable and prosperous future. Professor Abboud further emphasized how this students’ led design aligns with and promotes the international accreditation standards especially those related to sustainable design, highlighting the faculty’s commitment to excellence in engineering education. ​