Meetings for all members are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm at the OSU Center for Automotive Research located at 930 Kinnear Road. Subteam meetings are at 7:00pm at the same location and are as follows:
Tuesday- Aerodynamics, Chassis, Drivetrain, Engine, & Suspension
Wednesday- General Team meeting, Aerodynamics, & Business (following the general meeting)
Thursday- Ergonomics, Brakes, & Electronics
For those that cannot drive (or don’t want to) we have pickups at the following locations:
Drake Union (across from towers): 6:30 PM
Scott House Parking lot: 6:40 PM
Morrison Tower Pull through: 6:50 PM
For any questions, email Jakob Madgar at firstname.lastname@example.org
What We Do
The Aerodynamics Team is responsible for the design and manufacturing of components including front and rear wings, sidepods, undertray, and nosecone. Extensive CFD analysis is used to design the aero package, which is then validated with wind tunnel and on-track testing. Aerodynamic components are manufactured almost entirely out of carbon fiber using a wet layup autoclave process.
BRAKES & ERGONOMICS TEAM:
The Brakes and Ergonomics team is responsible for making the driver feel comfortable in the car and ensuring that the car can come to a stop quickly, and reliably. The brakes must not break and when the driver brakes, they must slow the car. Having a reliable and effective braking system can contribute to a very successful driver. When the driver is comfortable, they drive faster so we must ensure driver comfort as well while maintaining a light weight race car.
The Business team plays an important role for the team, especially in competition. In competition, the role is to pitch a formula race car manufacturing company to a team of investors that is centered around the real specifications of your own car. Early on, the team maintains sponsor relations, all forms of social media, marketing obligations and budgets financials while preparing necessary documents for competition. As first semester comes to an end, the Business Logic Case is completed which outlines market data, price, volume, manufacturing plans, vehicle performance and specifications that will later be used in the presentation. The presentation is then started, analyzing the strategies a business has to optimize in order to be profitable and attractive to the investors.
The chassis team is responsible for the design, test, and manufacturing of the carbon fiber monocoque. Extensive CAE analysis and physical testing are conducted in order to ensure that the design is not only optimized for weight and stiffness, but also that it is safe and in accordance with FSAE rules. The chassis is manufactured almost entirely out of carbon fiber using a series of prepreg and wet layup autoclave processes.
The Drivetrain team is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. The main component of the drivetrain is the limited slip differential (LSD). Other important components include the drive shafts, chain and sprockets, and CV joints. The bulk of the design time on the drivetrain is spent researching new materials and post-treatment options to maximize the strength to weight ratio of the drivetrain components. After the design of the drivetrain is complete, the manufacturing can begin. A number of different processes are used including manual mill, lathe as well as CNC technologies.
The electronics team designs and builds the circuits and wiring that operate the car. All of the systems and sensors on the car are integrated by electronics team. We are constantly in need of people who are interested in taking on complex design projects and people to build and implement the electronics we design. We do everything from circuit level design and programming to on-track troubleshooting. Electronics team is a great place to get hands on experience with the circuits you learn about in classes. This year we are focusing on designing a new computer controlled active aerodynamics system which will adjust control surfaces on the car based on input parameters.
The engine team is responsible for developing the most powerful, efficient, and lightweight engine package possible within the constraints of the competition rulebook. In order to do this they heavily modify a 599cc 4 cylinder engine both internally and externally. Some current projects being worked on by the engine team include developing a custom dry sump oil system, custom single ring gas ported pistons, and a carbon fiber intake with dual stage injection and active runners. The engine team does almost all component design and manufacturing in house using software such as Solidworks, GT-Power, and Fluent and manufacturing processes such as CNC milling, lathing, and TIG welding. In addition to this mechanical side, the engine team also has a controls aspect. The engine team is responsible for all of the tuning of the engine package including not only fuel and spark but also systems such traction control and launch control. Tuning is done both on a DC engine dynamometer and in car at the team’s testing facility.
The suspension team is responsible for taking the loads generated by all the other subteam and transferring them into the tire. In order maximize the use of the tire, simulations are performed on all levels of the vehicle. CarSim, Lotus Suspension Analysis, OptimumTire, and Ansys are all used to extract the most performance out of the tire. Components for the suspension are manufactured with with a wide variety of methods including manual and CNC machining, composites, welding and more. Finally once the car is ready to drive, the suspension team oversees the data acquisition and development of the car. With the wide variety of components and techniques applied by the suspension team, there is always something get involved with.