In this week’s update: Ed Shadle’s report from Speedweek: Modumetal grows metal: IMS Software in action: New Sponsor – Endevco: Car reassembled in preparation for laser measurements.
Ed Shadle in the 200 mph Club!
One of Ed’s favorite words he likes to use when talking about the North American Eagle™ Team is tenacity. This past week Ed’s 22 year quest and tenacity at the Bonneville Salt Flats, finally paid off as he was officially inducted into the prestigious 200 mph club! He now joins the ranks of fellow NAE™ team members Steve Green, Dave Green, Calvin Dirks and Leslie Porterfield into the red hat club! Read Ed’s account of the eight long days at the 2011 Speedweek. Photos courtesy of Rachel Shadle’s Facebook Page.
Dave Green & Ed Shadle
Speedweek 2011- by Ed Shadle
Elaine, Cam, Alex, Rachel and I arrived at Wendover Aug 11th and immediately got to the work of setting up the pits. Dave and Steve Green were already there and busy with tech inspection duties. Calvin, his son Cameron and his friend Gannon arrived with the race car on Friday morning and we got it unloaded and began a three day marathon getting work done that the team could not get to before leaving for Bonneville.
Cam, Rachel, Dave, Ed, Elaine, Calvin, Cameron, Gannon and Alex
We made our first pass, just a checkout, on Monday and ran 251 MPH. We conducted more work in the pits and made another pass next day at 269 MPH. Feeling we were ready for some hard runs, we went after it on Wednesday and ran 274, just short of the 275 needed. We did a second pass with some changes and ran another 274. Not good!
On Thursday, we changed rear end gears (no easy task) from 2.91’s to 2.83 gears. Pushed off and within 1 mile I knew something was terribly wrong. The rear end jumped up and down like tire shake on a funny car. I aborted the run and we pulled back to the pits. It was Thursday, 3 PM. What To Do? We pulled those gears out and replaced them with a set of 2.80’s. This time, instead of taking 6 hours to change gears, the team (Cam, Calvin and Dave) did it within 2 hours. We pulled to the line at 6 PM and made the run, not knowing if that 369 Dodge could pull the gear or not. I hammered it as hard as I could and ran out the back with a 277.015 for the last mile. Happy days are here again! We needed to pull to the impound area where we had until 8 PM to get ready for the backup run, next morning.
At 6 AM, we were at the impound area, loaded the parachute, heated the oil, checked over the car and pulled down to the start line (3 miles away) and loaded ice into the cooling tank. Ready to run at 7 AM. Wouldn’t you know it, the wind starts blowing across the track at 10 to 15 MPH and it starts sprinkling. The team has the car ready and I’m belted in, waiting for the starter to give me the track. The rain stops then they put me on hold for a few more minutes, then a huge bolt of lightning hits the salt flats followed by a huge BOOOMM!
As soon as I had the engine running, the starter asked if I’d like to hold but I replied “this is what I came here for, so lets get going.” I was pushed off and waited until the 1/4 mile marker to kick it into 1st gear (we had lost the throw out bearing early in the week so the clutch was engaged all the time). I ran the engine up to 9000 on the tack and made a good shift and followed with quick clean shifts in to each gear. I held the throttle pedal as hard as I could on the floor then as I was approaching the 4 mile marker the car started pulling to the right. I kept putting left steering input but it kept moving right. I was getting close to the right side of the track but held it until I passed the 5 mile marker. Pulled the chute and slowed to the turnout. As I coasted to a stop on the return road, I noticed the right front tire was flat. Darn! Could have gone faster!
As a track patrol pulled up to help me get out of the car, he announced that I had set the record. Second pass was 276.558. Average speed for the two runs was 276.786 MPH. Heck of a good ride and got into the 200 MPH club. Whaahooo! Ed.
Modumetal Grows Metal
The North American Eagle™ is a rolling laboratory for many of our sponsors who test their equipment and services in an environment that consist of extensive vibration, high heat and extreme abrasive dust.
Modumetal is creating a revolutionary new class of nanolaminated materials that will change design and manufacturing forever by dramatically improving the structural, corrosion and high temperature performance of coatings, bulk materials and parts.
Modumetal grows metal at the microscopic level into shapes of finish products. The photo above is one of our wheel bearing used on the Eagle. Using Modumetal nanotechnology, they have grown the outside diameter of the bearing by 0.005 of an inch.
Modumetal is based on the interaction of different materials at their interfaces. By laminating metals,Modumetal creates a new way to influence material properties. By growing metal using low-cost electrochemistry, Modumetal enables a whole new class of applications of these materials.
Last year Christina Lomasney, CEO of Modumetal, was invited to a backyard town hall meeting with President Barack Obama. You can watch the video above.
We are happy to announce a new sponsor this week. Endevco will be testing their miniature high sensitivity piezoresistive pressure transducers on the North American Eagle™. The transducers will be used to measure the air pressures around the Eagle and compare those with values derived from our Metacomp CFD++ software. Locations have been identified and NAE™ team members will be installing the transducers in the coming weeks. We’ll have a full write up of Endevco in the upcomming week.
Eagle Assembled into Race Configuration
With Ed out of town the team went to work to reassemble the car and get it on the ground in race configuration in preparation for Endevco air sensors to be installed next weekend.
This weekend John Winchester, Sean Rondestvedt, Brandyn Bayes, Doug Bayes, Chris Greene, Omar Chramosta and Keith Zanghi all spent most of the day working on the 56 foot long jet car.
Brandyn showed those in attendance the new work he has been doing on the website. He has already moved Landspeed.biz over to our new unlimited server. In the next couple weeks you will see an all new look for Landspeed.com. Brandyn has been working closely with our webmaster Jon Higley, and Trisha Wood who is responsible for our Gear Page on Landspeed.biz.
By the end of the day the group reinstalled the rear tail cone, the rear race axle assembly and put the car on the ground for laser measurements that will be done next weekend. At the end of the day everyone grabbed the biggest hammer they could find and posed for a funny photo doing some fine tuning!