Redesign of an FSAE race car’s steering and suspension system

Farrington, Jock (2011) Redesign of an FSAE race car’s steering and suspension system. [USQ Project]

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The chosen project is based on the redesign of the steering and suspension system for the University of Southern Queensland’s 2008 Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) or FSAE vehicle.

In 2008 USQ’s FSAE team was forced to abandon the competition due to a crash into a barrier which was thought to have been caused by the car’s suspension and steering system. If USQ plans to enter a car into future FSAE competition it seemed appropriate that the current suspension and steering system be revised.

The project aimed to uncover any problems with the 2008 vehicle and then use these findings, coupled with appropriate research, to create a new steering and suspension system that possesses improved performance. Although there is no team for the competition this year it is intended that all work completed will be able to be utilised by future groups in years to come.

Completion of the project has seen the design of geometry for the suspension arms, suspension actuation mechanisms, uprights as well as the steering rack and arms. Additionally, concepts in the way of 3d models have been established for the suspension and steering systems.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Snook, Chris
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 01:50
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2012 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: FSAE vehicle, suspension system, steering system
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090204 Automotive Safety Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4002 Automotive engineering > 400204 Automotive safety engineering

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