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International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

2013 1/4 Scale Group Photo
The International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is unique among student engineering-design contests in that it provides a realistic 360-degree workplace experience. Teams of students are given a 31 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. The design of their tractor is up to them. A panel of industry experts then judge each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics. Teams also submit a written design report in advance of the competition, and on-site, they must sell their design, in a formal presentation to industry experts playing the role of a corporate management team. Finally, machines are put to the test in a performance demonstration comprised of four tractor pulls.

Through involvement in the competition, students gain practical experience in the design of drive train systems, tractor performance, manufacturing processes, analysis of tractive forces, weight transfer and strength of materials. In addition, they  also develop skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, fundraising and test & development.

General Information

 Pulling Tractor   Judges

Design Experience and More
One of the primary concerns of industry today is that many engineering students are entering the workforce with little or no practical knowledge or design experience. Student design competitions and projects are an important key to help prepare students to be effective professional engineers.

In the International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, students are challenged to harness the power and torque of a specified stock engine in order to maximize performance during the tractor pull.

Design Fundamentals
Design fundamentals such as strength of materials, statics and power transfer will be major factors as the students design their frame, drivetrain, hitch, clutch, weight brackets and other parts. Although the size and shape of the 1/4 scale tractor is similar to that of a typical lawn and garden tractor, very few parts will be used directly from a commercial machine.

Manufacturing Processes
Not only will students gain practical design experience by participating in this competition, they will also obtain valuable experience as they manufacture and present their own designs.

Many manufacturing departments cringe when design engineers simply throw their designs "over the wall" and assume they can be easily manufactured. Through hands-on experience with numerous manufacturing processes, students will gain an awareness of the capabilities and potential pitfalls in the design for manufacturability and design for assembly.

Professional Skills
With a project of this size and magnitude, the students' skills in communication, teamwork and time management will be greatly challenged and developed through necessity. This project will graduate students who can excel and perform under adverse conditions and pressures, with professional skills valuable to any employer.

Getting Started - How to Request an Engine and Tires
Each team is given a 31hp Bringgs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. Teams are allowed to use multiple engines in their designs. Please contact Mark Crossley to request an engine and tires.

How to Register a Team
If you'd like to enter a team in the competition, please send the following information in an email to Mark Crossley as soon as possible. If your school will be entering an X-Team (junior teams who modify their first team's previous year's tractor), please send the same registration information below and identify it as an X-Team.

Team Name:
-Advisor's Name
-Advisor's Phone Number
-Advisor's Email Address
-Team Captain's Name
-Team Captain's Cell Number
-Team Captain's EMail Address
-Shipping Address for Tires & Engine (if different than Advisor's address) - must be a university address

1/4 Scale Competition Informational Brochure
Sled Configuration
CNH Scholarships for Top Three Winning Teams

Past Results - 1998-2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012
Important Competition Information


2014 Competition

Date & Location
May 29 - June 1, 2014
Expo Gardens Fairgrounds, Peoria, IL

Competition Hotel
The Grand Hotel
4400 N. Brandywine Dr.
Peoria, IL 
(309) 686-8000

Group Reservation Name = ASABE
Group Rate = $89.00 plus tax

Competition Co-Chairs
Brandon McDonald, John Deere
Jonathan Waits, Grain Systems, Inc.

Registering a Team
If you plan to enter a team in the 2014 competition, please send the following information in an e-mail to Mark Crossley at as soon as possible. We will ask for more detailed team information in April 2014.

If your school will be entering an X Team (junior teams who modify their A Team's previous year's tractor), please send the same registration information below and identify it as an X Team.

Team Name:
-Advisor's Name
-Advisor's Phone Number
-Advisor's E-mail Address
-Team Captain's Name
-Team Captain's Cell Number
-Team Captain's E-Mail Address
-Shipping Address for Tires & Engine (if different than Advisor's address) - must be a university address

Important Documents                                      Student Resumes
2014 A Team Rules & Regulations                      Graduating Spring 2014
2014 X Team Rules & Regulations                      Graduating Fall 2014
Handbook - 2nd Release                                     Graduating 2015
FMEA Template                                                Seeking Internships  
CNH Scholarships for Top Three Winning Teams 
                                                

2013 Competition

 KSU

Congratulations to nine-time champions from Kansas State University!

Team Photos

Results
A-Team                                  X-Team

Overall Rankings                  Final Scores
Written Report Rankings
Design Judging Rankings
Tractor Pull Rankings

Date & Location
May 30 - June 2, 2013
Expo Gardens Fairgrounds, Peoria, IL

Competition Co-Chairs
Jim Kopriva, Kopriva Farms
Brandon McDonald, John Deere

Documents
Schedule of Events
2013 A-Team Rules   
2013 X-Team Rules   
Competition Handbook - Final Release
Final Results Press Release

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is more than just a demonstration of a company's investment in the community or a show of their commitment to educational development. Corporate sponsorship is an investment in a company's future.

Students who participate in this design competition and others like it, are highly sought by major corporations because they will accomplish the following:

  • Receive hands-on experience in both design and manufacturing processes;
  • Learn how to manage, finance and document a design program from start to finish;
  • Learn how to communicate professionally with peers, industry and professional engineers through fundraising and competition events;
  • Enhance team building skills as they design, build, and test their tractors; and
  • Develop time management and multi-tasking skills as they balance their rigorous school load with the demands of an in-depth design project.

Sponsorship is an excellent way to identify and establish contacts with some of the most highly skilled engineering students in the country, students who are already interested in the Power & Machinery division of Agricultural Engineering. As you may know, Power & Machinery students take most of the standard Mechanical Engineering coursework but specialize in Agricultural applications such as Off Road Machinery and Lawn & Turf equipment.

Also, as a sponsor, you will receive immediate promotional benefits as listed in the sponsorship chart.  

Interested in a becoming a sponsor? Please contact Mark Crossley at crossley@asabe.org.

2013 Competition Sponsors

Platinum - $8,000 + in cash or in-kind donations

AGCO        Briggs  Case    Deere

 

New HollandSolidWorksTitan         Caterpillar

   

Gold - $5,500 - $7,999 in cash or in-kind donations

Campbell Scientific

 

Silver - $3,000 - $5,499 in cash or in-kind donations

                        Katie McDonald Photo      GSI         Claas

 

Bronze - $1,500 - $2,999 in cash or in-kind donations

   Central City Scales            igus         Miller 

RCI

Site - $1,499 or less in cash or in-kind donations

Holy Cow Motorsports

Kelly Sauder Rupiper LLC

Kentucky Corn Growers' Association

SJ Smith Co.
Walz Scale

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