[Round One Winner: 6/8] Abhishek Sidhu—Hydraulic Wheel Lock
Posted By: Rise Team|Dated: January 10, 2012
Abhishek avidly attends rallies, where he noticed that cars tend to get stuck—learn about how he solved this by inventing the Hydraulic Wheel Lock.
As you watch this, notice a few things:
How he came up with the idea for his project—he saw a problem in an activity he practiced regularly and went about solving it.
It’s all about the implementation. It was easy to come up with the design for the Hydraulic Wheel Lock, but actually building it was difficult—it’s all about the implementation.
Tell us who you are.
Hi, my name is Abhishek Sidhu, I’m from Chandigarh. I have done by B Tech in mechanical engineering. My project is Hydraulic Wheel Lock, and I’m team leader, and my team has four more members into it.
What is Hydraulic Wheel Lock all about?
The one purpose is to assist a driver, when he is stuck in any rough terrain by a power distribution system. It is the same as an Audi Quattro but instead an 8 lakh technology is now being converted into Rs 10,000. It doesn’t require any major modifications; it can be implemented in any existing vehicle or old or new.
But then my friend said “can we do something with the hydraulics?” Then, the system came into mind.
How did you come up with this idea?
Actually, I’m a rallyist. I go to rallies etcetera. So there’s a common problem of vehicle getting stuck everywhere, so it has to be drenched out, even gypsies, endeavors, etc, etc. So I heard from someone that there should be a way of power distribution system, where applying the break on a particular wheel. First idea was to use two hand breaks, and for individual wheels. You know, it was a simple way of doing it. But then my friend said “can we do something with the hydraulics?” Then, the system came into mind.
What challenges have you faced?
The challenge was to get financial definitely. We were just engineers from college, college did support us for funds. And as we went through the timeline, we made the project, we tested the HWL. Testing, making the HWL was not an easy task because the problem was that using the existing medium to do it was very tough: special connectors had to be made, special type of valves have to be used. Designing a rough paper was easy, but making an actual vehicle with hand was very tough.
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