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Chalmers University Case Study
Flattening the Learning Curve
Investing in education is the key to the future of innovation. Tektronix is committed to helping university engineering programs around the world give their students and faculty the tools they need to own the future.
The Customer Challenge
Chalmers Formula Student is a team of 33 engineering students in Sweden who were designing and building an electric, all-wheel drive race car to compete against other engineering students.
With four different motors plus a 600 V battery in their car, it was a complex project and they had limited access to the test and measurement equipment they needed. As students, they also had limited experience and were still learning some of the foundational skills in electronics testing and system design.
Chalmers Formula Student partnered with Tektronix who provided them with a 5 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope along with power supplies, source measure units, and probes so they had everything they needed to test and measure their racecar motor and battery designs accurately and efficiently.
The 5 Series MSO's user-friendly interface and touchscreen design significantly flattened the students’ learning curves, allowing them to spend less time understanding the equipment and more time innovating in their designs.
With test and measurement equipment that was both accessible and cutting-edge, complex and daunting tasks in their project became simpler and easier to master.
When Alexander Andersson was a kid he wanted to become a “Lego engineer,” the person who designs the Lego houses and trucks and lanes.
As he got older he decided Lego was too restrictive. Since everything came with pre-made blocks, he was limited by what those blocks could do. He began looking for new materials to work with and ended up studying engineering at Chalmers University in Sweden, where he joined the Chalmers Formula Student team to build a competitive race car.
In an interview, Andersson said engineering is the thing his brain does when it’s not doing anything. It’s not even conscious or deliberate. When his mind wanders, he’s thinking about ways to improve everyday things around him.
To learn more about Tektronix’s partnership with Chalmers University, watch the video.
I can't tell you how helpful [different probes, source measure units (SMUs) and a 5 Series MSO scope] have been as we've been bringing together these four different motors - and a 600 V battery on top of that. It's a lot of power. We couldn't build the car without a scope in particular; the pain would be very high if you took it away.
Products, Software, and Services Provided
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