Drivetrain Design, Testing and Development of 2003 - 04 Formula SAE Vehicle

Myers, Nicholas (2004). Drivetrain Design, Testing and Development of 2003 - 04 Formula SAE Vehicle Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Myers, Nicholas
Thesis Title Drivetrain Design, Testing and Development of 2003 - 04 Formula SAE Vehicle
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Hal Gurenci
Total pages 92
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Formula SAE is a competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers for students to conceive, design, build and compete small Formula Style race vehicles. The 2003 UQ Racing FSAE vehicle was designed with a spool differential. This major design decision allows for an extremely lightweight and elegant drivetrain design. The aims of this thesis were to initially conceive, design, manufacture and test the 2003 vehicle drivetrain. Following this initial design, torque testing was conducted and development and re-design was implemented for the 2004 vehicle. The goals hoping to be achieved in the 2003 drivetrain design were a 5kg reduction in weight and a 80% reduction in rotational inertia. Along with these an extremely high component reliability was held in very high regard. These goals were all achieved and the UQ Racing team launched and competed with a vehicle of world class standard. The vehicle placed 3rd at the Australasian competition and in doing so placed UQ as the top Australian university.

The 2004 UQ Racing vehicle was designed as an evolution car based on the successful 2003 vehicle. It aimed to eliminate the many manufacturing and design faults, which hindered the previous vehicle. The drivetrain only underwent minor weight saving changes however the new vehicle is definitely of a higher standard, and will do the university and Australia proud at the Formula Student competition held in the UK in July 2004.
Keyword Formula SAE Vehicle

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