My first-year college engineering design class was tasked with building a vehicle that can make it up a ramp of 5' in length that is at a 45 degree angle. At the top of the ramp is a 2' flat platform. The ramp (both the ramp itself and the platform at the top) is covered in outdoor carpet.
We must build a vehicle that can climb the ramp, park itself securely at the top flat section, and stay there. At the same time, it must be able to ward off an approaching vehicle that will be coming up the other side of the ramp.
N/A. One stipulation is that the vehicle must not bore itself into the ramp. Another stipulation is that the vehicle cannot be remote-controlled.
The Attempt at a Solution
This project doesn't start for another month, but the professor talked about it today in class and I want to get a jump on it.
My though is a vehicle that has only enough power to take it to the top. It must do so fast, otherwise the other "attacking" vehicle will get there first and have an advantage (it can secure itself to the top in before I get there).
I envisioned a vehicle that speedily got to the top, threw out cables on either side of the ramp with hooks to catch the carpet. This would be like burrs that catch on your clothes if you jog through the woods.
The device could also have "flailing" rigid arms that would be comprised of metal rods that rotate at the direction of an incoming vehicle.
Any other ideas? This is definitely a huge modification from the other "King of the Hill" competitions I've seen online and on Youtube.