P09221: Innovative Composite Parts for a Formula SAE Racecar Vehicle/public/
Charles ThomasEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Thomas is in his fourth year on the RIT Formula SAE team. During his membership, he has served as a composites manufacturer, the Composites Chief Engineer, and the chassis designer for the 2007-2008 racecar (F16).
Interview SummaryWhere: Phone Interview
When: 10pm 11/4/08
Why: Initial needs discussion
- In designing F16, a significant amount of time was
taken in placing shocks and suspension components.
Sacrifices had to be made in the kinematics of the
vehicle in order to package everthing within a steel
- Potentially, there could be fewer sacrifices with a carbon tub because of the lightweight, complex geometry capabilities.
- Steel space frames use approximately 10 people for
tube cutting, 4-5 people for jigging and grinding, and 2
people for welding.
- For the 2006-2007 racecar's (F15) body panels, only 2 workers were used in the spring of 2007. It took 2-3 months to complete 3 plugs, 3 molds, and 3 final parts. In the case of a chassis, fewer plugs and molds will be required. Given experience from F15's body, we would not need much in the way of a labor force or time for this project.
- Drawbacks to the monocoque:
- Molds or plugs could be destroyed in manufacturing. This would be a huge loss in time and materials.
- Unsure of toughness under cone impacts while driving.