Control and instrumentation for the USQ Formula SAE-A race car

Moody, Bradley John (2005) Control and instrumentation for the USQ Formula SAE-A race car. [USQ Project]


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Formula SAE is a competition held annually, for student designed and built formula
cars. The competition is organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and
has been held in the United States of America since the early 1980's. The competition
was developed to satisfy a need for engineering students to have 'hands on'
experience in the design, development and manufacture in automotive systems. The
benefits of the competition have been recognised throughout the world and in the last
10 years the USA competition has grown, with three competitions held throughout the
world every year, which includes an Australian event.
The Faculty of engineering and surveying at University of Southern Queensland has
recognised the benefits of this competition for student development, and in 2004 plan
to compete in the Formula SAE-A (Australia) competition. In order to successfully
design and build a USQ entry into this competition the design of the car was divided
into seven different research projects for final year mechanical engineering students.
This research project relates to the control and instrumentation systems required for a
successful USQ Formula SAE-A race car.
The goal is to investigate possible solutions for the control and instrumentation of the
USQ Formula SAE-A race car, leading to the design and/or designation of these
systems and their implementation within the car. This includes all control mechanism
and instrumentation for the safe operation of the car. The research project is broken
into sections relating to common ergonomic requirements and research is carried out
utilising solid modelling software to produce solid models components, allowing for
component analysis prior to component manufacture.
Within this research the cockpit layout is initially outlined before driver seating, and
hand and foot controls are designed and/or designated. Safety Issues and
instrumentation research concludes this dissertation, which will prove to be an
excellent reference material for future Formula SAE-A based research and

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Appendix H is available on CD-ROM held in USQ library.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:13
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formula SAE-A vehicle design, control and instrumentation systems design
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090202 Automotive Engineering Materials
09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090204 Automotive Safety Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4002 Automotive engineering > 400202 Automotive engineering materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4002 Automotive engineering > 400204 Automotive safety engineering

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