Grading and Assessment Scheme
Grading of students in this project will be fully consistent with grading policies established for the SD1 and SD2 courses. The following level describes an absolute level of expectation for the design itself, and for the hardware. However, the student team must also meet all requirements related to analysis, documentation, presentations, web sites, and posters, etc. that are implicit to all projects. Level D: The student team will...
Level C: The student team will deliver all elements of Level D PLUS:
Level B: The student team will deliver all elements of Level D and C PLUS:
Level A: The student team will deliver all elements of Level D, C, and B PLUS: The final deliverable will include a fully implemented pneumatic shifting system, complete with a seamlessly integrated traction control system.
The following areas imply a 'fully implemented' pneumatic shifting system:
- A shift event is initiated through an ergonomic steering wheel mounted paddle device.
- Control of pneumatic energy by both mechanical and electrical means, leading to the rapid actuation of the shift drum (gear change).
- System modulation of both fuel and spark during shifting event to limit excessive stress on the drivetrain.
- Complete loop closure to ensure shifting event was a success or failure. If failure, the system should attempt to remedy the problem.
- Driver display of current gear position.
- Shifting system should have software limits to prevent fatal downshift or shifting outside the range of the gearbox.
- Shifting system must perform flawlessly in snow, rain, extreme heat and cold.
- Shifting system must have proven reliability, and function for the duration of a Formula SAE endurance event.
The following areas imply a 'seamlessly integrated' traction control system:
- Motec ECU expansion for traction control purchased and fitted to F-16.
- At least two traction control curves generated through extensive testing are available for the driver.
- Wheel speed sensors are fully operational, calibrated, and make use of high resolution toning wheels.
- Traction control can be deactivated by the driver at any time.
- A dash mounted rotary switch allows the driver to select between the minimum two levels of traction control.
- A third feature, gear change ignition cut (GCIC), allows the driver to shift the vehicle without lifting the throttle. This feature must be available for each level of traction control.
- T.C. system must operate using only the power available from the vehicle.
- T.C. system must perform flawlessly in snow, rain, extreme heat and cold.
- T.C. system must have proven reliability, and function for the duration of a Formula SAE endurance event.