Electric / Turbine Powered Rover MGF - Computer Management System (5)

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The finished car will have an onboard Windows 7 computer that will control all aspects of the engine, battery voltages and currents, I have decided to use Phidget USB boards for the interface and to make programming easier I have made a control box that will simulate all of the engines parameters.

Steve working merrily on the Visual Basic program that will be the brain of the engine.
Good progress on the gas turbine management program.
Pictured is the 'In Dash' usb touch screen monitor that will provide the audio & visual indications as to the state of the GTP30 at any point.

The start of my custom mini computer case, 2mm aluminium is being used as the support for the mainboard, this has the been tapped in the appropriate places with a 6.32 thread to accept spacers that will fix the board and PSU in to place.

I am currently building the computer based on a Dual-Core Mini-ITX mainboard using a 32GB 'SSD' Solid State Drive, coupled with 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Using a computer is handy as all of the telemetry can be easily recorded for future analysis.
How the layout of the GUI is currently looking.
In an attempt to try and reduce the size and weight of components, I am going to utilise this Via Epia PX10000 mainboard, as you can see it is very small, the power supply and hard drive have yet to be added to the computers case increasing it's volume.

Pico mainboard, psu and drive all fitted in a quite a small box, not a lot of room left, but there again it's not needed, so far so good, this will be easy to fit in to a hidden place in the car.

Finished box with an added air vent that allows the processor fan to make use of cool air.
Now the bad part, the mainboard doesn't properly support windows 7-32 bit, which is a problem as the software has actually been written for the windows 7 platform, time to make yet another computer.

Computer version 3, back to the Mini-ITX mainboard which is a very tight fit in to a 17x17cm alloy case. The PSU and SSD have been mounted on to the case lid and a fan added to extract any warm air.

So far I have carried out quite a few hours of testing with this particular computer and it has proved to be very stable and work extremely well, there was a point where I thought I was going to have to use conventional aircraft gauges and bin the glass cockpit, my faith is now restored.

I am now going to make use of a built in 7" wide screen monitor rather than one that pops in and out as the my original screen has now failed.
For the drive power consumption we are toying with using level meters rather than gauges, this seems to work best with peripheral vision.
Our very scientific testing and development bench.
This now pretty much concludes the software and hardware phase of the project, its now down to Ian to manufacture some clever electronics that will convert RPM and EGT etc to 0 to 5 volts so that the Phidget boards can operate correctly.

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