2 Team Members Member Major Role Tim Moran Mechanical Engineer Project ManagerTravis NewberryElectronicsMegan KagenskiAerodynamicsMax AffleckControlsShelby AcomeIndustrial EngineerProcesses / Manufacturing
3 Problem StatementRIT 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.
4 History: F16 – F19 Undertray diffuser only (Other teams had already started implementing full aero packages)
5 History: F20 and F21 Full Aero Package Dual element front and rear wings, undertray diffuserF20: 370 lbs of downforce at 65 mphF21: 470 lbs of downforce at 65 mph
6 F22 Constraints Weight: 3 lbs Cost: $1500 Maximum power output DRS Hardware onlyCost: $1500Materials IncludedMaximum power outputTBDMeet SAE/FSG Regulations
7 Design Drivers / Challenges FSAE RulesExisting car componentsElectronic limitationsChallengesLimit electronic drainControl system complexityKnowing when / how much to move the wings
11 Key DeliverablesThe 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.