Chem-E-Car Competition® Rules

2017 Regional Chem-E-Car Competition® Rules  

As part of AIChE's commitment to safety in industry and laboratory environments, student teams and their advisors will be asked to demonstrate a commitment to safety awareness, safety planning, and safe practices as a standard component of their participation. All teams are required to carefully read and review all Chem-E-Car Competition documents to fully understand the requirements to safely compete at an AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition.

Please download all of the following documents, you will need all of these documents to prepare for the competition.  The Official Rules has a milestones checklist to help your team stay on track. 

PDF icon Chem-E-Car Intent to Compete Instructions Regionals 2017 REV 1

PDF icon Chem-E-Car EDP Instructions Regionals 2017 REV 1

PDF icon Chem-E-Car Official_Rules_Regionals_2017

PDF icon Chem-E-Car Safety Rules Regionals 2017

File Chem-E-Car_EDP_Document_Regionals_2017_REV_1

PDF icon Chem-E-Car MOC Form Regionals 2017

PDF icon Chem-E-Car Poster Competition Rules

New Rules 2017

Please make note of the following new Safety Rules for 2017: No Compressed Hydrogen Gas Cylinder Usage

Beginning in 2016, all hydrogen used on the vehicles (for instance with fuel cells) must be generated on-site or on the vehicle keeping the pressure below 5 psig (0.345 bar). Filling of vessels from a compressed hydrogen gas cylinder or commercial hydrogen storage canisters (such as hydrostiks or solid –core hydrogen cartridges) will not be allowed. As always, appropriate safety precautions and safe operation must be demonstrated.

4.6 Absolutely no chemicals will be available for any team prior to 3 hours before the competition start time. This includes battery cars. Any requests to charge batteries overnight or any longer than 3 hours prior to the competition start time will not be granted.

The following must be completed to compete in a 2017 Regional Chem-E-Car Competition®

1)Everyone on the Chem-E-Car Team must complete the Chem-E-Car Safety Training and Test before your Regional Conference. Participants must complete the safety tests within the year that the competition takes place.  Everyone should also review the Official Rules and the Safety Rules.

Chem-E-Car Competition ® Safety Training & Test

2) Check with the Regional Host University and confirm when and where to pay any competition registration fees.

3) Submit Intent to compete using the online form- please see the separate document titled “Submit Your Intent to Compete Instructions”.  The deadline to submit your team's Intent to Compete is 8 weeks before the competition date.  If schools would like to send a 2nd car to Regionals, please request a 2nd slot in this form. 2nd cars will be allowed if space allows at the host university. 

4) An Engineering Documentation Package (EDP) must be completed and submitted via email.  All Supplemental information (Equipment Specs, MSDS, etc) must be combined and saved in 2nd separate document titled “EDP Supplement”.  Please refer to the separate document titled “EDP Submission for 2017 Regional Conferences” for full instructions.

5) Create plan to ship hazardous materials to competition site, following all DOT Hazardous Materials Shipping Laws, and instructions from the regional host.  Teams will be disqualified for not transporting chemicals in accordance with the regional host’s rules.  Confirm with Regional Host which supplies they are providing for the teams to use and which materials you need to bring. Non Hazardous materials can be brought with the team to the competition site.

    6)  After the EDP Review is complete, a review form will be emailed to your Chem-E-Car Team Captain.  This review form will contain feedback and will alert your team if there is anything that violates a rule or safety rule.  Please read this review form and fix anything wrong with your vehicle prior to the competition.  You should use the MOC form to document the changes made.  Please do not email the updated EDP to the Chem-E-Car Committee or AIChE staff.  Each team only reviews 1 EDP review prior to competition day.  If you do not recieve an EDP Review form back, check with Sarah Ewing @

    7)  Prepare a poster that explains your vehicle design for the Chem-E-Car Poster Competition.  Please refer to the document titled Chem-E-Car Poster Competition Rules for more information on what should be included in your poster.

    8) Hold a team meeting to review the rules and to make sure that everyone has their safety glasses, lab coats and gloves to bring to the competition.  Inform your team that the Regional Safety Coordinator on site is the final authority on safety issues, disqualifications, and rules issues.  Bring printed EDP, printed EDP Supplement, printed EDP Review Form, vehicle and poster to the On Site Safety Inspection – Check with Host School for date and location details for this inspection.