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P14221: FSAE Aerodynamics
Team Members
Member
Major
Role
Tim Moran
Mechanical Engineer
Project Manager
Travis Newberry
Mechanical Engineer
Electronics
Megan Kagenski
Mechanical Engineer
Aerodynamics
Max Affleck
Mechanical Engineer
Controls
Shelby Acome
Industrial Engineer
Processes / Manufacturing
Problem Statement
RIT has begun implementing aero, and the first two full aero cars
were very successful. A senior design project focused on
advancing the aero on the RIT car will allow more in depth
research into improvements that may otherwise not be taken
advantage of. RIT has chosen a drag reduction system (DRS) to be
the focus of this year's aero development to allow the team to
make more downforce without suffering the penalty of drag for
fuel economy. The team has established this to be the most
effective way to maximize its point scoring potential using a
proprietary simulation of the FSAE competition. RIT's team
believes that these aerodynamic advances will directly correlate
to a more competitive and hopefully winning car.
History: F16 – F19
• Undertray diffuser
only
• (Other teams had
already started
implementing full
aero packages)
History: F20 and F21
• Full Aero Package
• Dual element front
and rear wings,
undertray diffuser
• F20: 370 lbs of
downforce at 65 mph
• F21: 470 lbs of
downforce at 65 mph
F22 Constraints
• Weight: 3 lbs
– DRS Hardware only
• Cost: $1500
– Materials Included
• Maximum power output
– TBD
• Meet SAE/FSG Regulations
Design Drivers / Challenges
• Drivers
– FSAE Rules
– Existing car components
– Electronic limitations
• Challenges
– Limit electronic drain
– Control system complexity
– Knowing when / how much to move the wings
Engineering Requirements
House of Quality
Timeline
Key Deliverables
• The output of this project is to be a complete
functioning drag reduction package implemented on
the RIT Formula Car. The design is to be supported
with thorough component and system analysis and
testing to prove its value to the car.
Benchmarking
• UW Formula
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71rJ5OMOKTY
• Sooner Racing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wozSqFXitY
• UTA Racing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UUl6VN4bGY
• Formula 1 DRS Explanation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o75EBbVka5Q
Benchmarking
Benchmarking

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