Design Synthesis, Manufacturing, and Testing of a Competitive Hybrid FSAE Vehicle
This work is the second half of a two-year development cycle to create a viable hybrid powertrain (with matched IC engine, motor/generator, and transmission components) and vehicle integration for the 2011 Hybrid FSAE competition. The effort will continue to advance a suite of design, manufacturing, and performance testing tools that has begun during the past year. Special emphasis will be placed on energy management, frame/suspension optimization, and vehicle performance testing. A team of four graduate students whose master’s theses are directly related to different vehicle systems will lead design synthesis activities. A variety of senior design projects will support vehicle integration and a variety of senior laboratory projects will support design evaluation. The entire graduate and undergraduate team will collaborate in using Mnemosyne software to insure shared understanding of sub-systems, document design decisions, and prepare for static competition events. This resource is expected to leave a valuable legacy for future FSAE Hybrid teams.