For a number of years there has been interest with a number of the students in participating in the Formula SAE competition. This has generally been considered to be too costly for the department and too large of a project for the size of the department. However, as the enrollment has increased and several new engine designs have been successful in the competition and opportunity has arisen for UMaine to participate in the Formula SAE. The 2010 team developed an engine test platform which was the first step in a new effort by the department to include Formula SAE in the capstone class. This year's effort will be the first to focus on suspension design, set up and dynamic vehicle testing.
The suspension on the car was not designed but was rather was built based on an understanding of existing cars. The suspension group will be responsible for the suspension redesign based on engineering principals including basic dynamic analysis of the vehicle. These models will be used to assess the safety and performance of the current vehicle. Based on this assessment compoentns and even the support strcture and pick-up points will be modified to provide a vehicle which can be competetive in the handling events.
1. Complete specifications and description of current engine control scheme
2. Review document showing approach by other teams, control scheme required and justification for proposed approach. Review will include a powerpoint technical review to a panel
3. Demonstrated safe operation of the dyno cell
4. Performance curves for the engine making use of the dyno cell
5. Comparison of dyno operation to in car operation
6. Successful operation of custom ECU map in competition including the ability to remap fr events
# Project Team Selection Complete: September 1, 2011
# First Revised Milestones Submitted: September 8, 2011
# Design Notebook Initial sign-off: September 13, 2011
# Initial review of the system: September 25, 2011
# First web page goes live with introductory page and menu on left. Page must include resumes, individual photos and milestones: October 4, 2011, 4 pm.
# Milestone review: October 25, 2011
# Draft Midterm Report: November 30th , 2011
# Midterm Report due as a PDF posted as a completed web page: December 8th, 5 pm
# Testing Complete: March 10, 2012
# Lab Cleanup & Infrastructure Project Completed: Maine Day, April 25, 2012
# Open House -- Review of Projects, April 26, 2012, Afternoon
# Final Web Page submitted, for review during final exam period: Monday May 3rd, 2012 Noon
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