FoES Formula SAE-A space frame chassis design

Baker, Christopher Scott (2004) FoES Formula SAE-A space frame chassis design. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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The formula SAE-A (Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia) competition is
a purpose built competition for engineering students to apply their design and team
working skills against each other in an engineering contest. Each team is responsible
for the design of their vehicle and the smooth integration of the various components.
The design of a chassis for a formula SAE-A race car must contain all necessary com-
ponents to support the car and the driver. It must also comply with the formula
SAE-A 2004 rules. In order to produce a competitive vehicle with optimum chassis
performance, many areas need to be studied and tested.
This project carried out all of the necessary background research required to sustain
an accurate database of design criteria. This design criteria then allowed the design
process and methodology to be derived and to allow for smooth construction of an
efficient and effective spaceframe chassis.
Once construction of the chassis was completed, analyses were conducted to investigate
the effects of working loads on the chassis. Finite element analysis was used to simulate
the conditions of various load combinations. This analysis was verified by conducting
similar physical tests on the chassis which ensured that the results were accurate. The
results established that the deflections would be very minimal under working loads of
the vehicle.
During the development and construction of the formula SAE-A racer, some areas for
improvement were recognised and future recommendations were suggested.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formula SAE-A vehicle design, chassis design
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090204 Automotive Safety Engineering
09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090202 Automotive Engineering Materials

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