The formula SAE competition requires teams to assume a fictitious role of designers, producing a prototype vehicle to be evaluated for a limited production run. The design of an inlet manifold for a formula sae vehicle is essentially a problem requiring careful decisions about methods of manufacture used for a project with a limited budget, little time, and a very short supply of skilled labour.
The decisions made in the design are influenced by a few principles of fluid flow, and the characteristics of internal combustion engines. Some decisions require analysis of transient flow behaviour; which cannot be modelled analytically, and for which prior experimental and computational results do not appear to be available.
The process of design used in this thesis takes on elements of theory, and gives some experimental evaluation and verifications. At times, design decisions of a numerical nature are sought from the somewhat limited personal experience of the designer, and inference from observations of competitors.
The aim of this thesis is the production of working components and some experimental evaluation in the hope of giving insight to future competitors and designers.