From November 21 to 22, the 9th "China Railway Industry Cup" National College Students Mechanical Innovation Design Competition was held in Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The theme of this competition is "Smart Home & Happy Family". A total of 4718 works from 678 colleges and universities participated in the competition. 3 works of MSE won the National First Prize, namely "elderly auxiliary device for going upstairs and downstairs", "ironing with ease—automatic ironing machine" and "household intelligent sorting garbage bin".
The work "elderly auxiliary device for going upstairs and downstairs" was created by undergraduates Tian Guang, Xiang Haodong, Yan Huaran, Wu Yutian and Pang Rui, and guided by MSE teachers Prof. Wu Changlin and Lecturer Liu Lunhong. The work is a handrail installed on the stair guardrail for the elderly, so as to provide support to prevent accidental falling. The device is foldable, which can be folded up to save space when not in use.
The work "ironing with ease—automatic ironing machine" was created by Sun Yingdong, Wang Chenyang, Yi Heng, Yu Jiawei and Tang Yingqi, and guided by Lecturer Liu lunhong and Lecturer Li Xiqiu. This work innovatively uses the automatic telescopic air bag to support the inner part of the clothes as well as wrap the outer part, then iron the clothes with steam automatically. It takes about 50 seconds to iron a single piece of clothes, with the efficiency 3 times as much as that of the ordinary hanging ironing machines and 5 times that of ordinary irons. This is especially suitable for fast and automatic ironing of clothes at home.
The work "household intelligent sorting garbage can" was created by Li Jiarui, Liu Chenyu, Tang Zhou, Jin Ninglong and Zhang Zhiran, and guided by Prof. Huang Yu and Lecturer Rong Youmin. This system can automatically sort different garbage, detect the overflow, and pop up to pack the garbage. This work is low-cost but with high-reliability and accuracy, which is a good solution to sort garbage and build a green homeland.
This is a competition about the innovative designs in mechanical discipline for all college students, which is sponsored by the Organizing Committee of National College Students Mechanical Innovation Design Competition, the Sub-division of the Mechanical Discipline Basic Course Teaching Steering Committee of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, China Knowledge Center for Engineering Sciences and Technology, National Education Association of Mechanical Theories, National Education Association of Mechanical Designs, Metal Working Research Associations of different provinces and cities, Beijing Cedutech Corp. Ltd, and some famous universities and social forces.
In this year’s competition, 16 works of HUST participated in the competition of Hubei provincial level, with 3 works selected into the national level competition. Finally, HUST teams won 3 National First Prizes, 3 Provincial First Prizes, 5 Provincial Second Prizes and 5 Provincial Third Prizes.