P10225: Water Propulsion System for Mini-Baja


Project Summary Project Information

Every year the RIT club known as Baja SAE designs a water-land vehicle to compete in competitions all over the nation. The vehicle is put through rigorous events that test the students' ability to engineer a fast durable vehicle that can be driven both on land and in water and meets certain specifications set forth by the SAE organization.

The water propulsion project focuses mainly on the water portion of the competition, in which the car has to both travel through and maneuver around obstacles in water. There are few rules that put restrictions on the design of the water propulsion system of the vehicle, so this project is very opened-ended and requires creative engineering skills.

The first portion of this project will be to design and build a testing device to measure the force of the propulsion system and will aid in designing a successful system that can be implemented on the Mini-Baja vehicle. Having the ability to test the system, as well as the knowledge acquired from the research and design of this project, will help the Mini-Baja vehicle perform better in competition and help RIT make its mark as an engineering leader.

RIT Baja vehicle in action

RIT Baja vehicle in action

Project Name
Water Propulsion System for Mini-Baja
Project Number
Project Family
SAE Autosports
Vehicle Systems and Technologies
Start Term
Fall 2009
End Term
Winter 2009
Faculty Guide
Chris DeMinco
Technical Consultant
Bill Nowak
Primary Customer
Mini-Baja club

Project Team Members

Name Discipline

Project Lead: Erika Soltis

Lead Engineer: Greg Wall

Henriette Bullmer

Blaine Byers

Eric Hodgkinson

Stephanie Malinowski

Ticiano Torres Peralta

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Project Status Reports

Weekly Team Status Reports (MSD I)

Weekly Team Status Reports (MSD II)

Sponsor Meeting Reports


1-Page Project Summary

Team Norms and Values

MSD I Work Breakdown Structure

MSD I Project Plan

MSD II Work Breakdown Structure

MSD II Project Plan

Project Risk Assessment

Intellectual Property Considerations

Concept Development

Customer Needs

Engineering Specifications

QFD Analysis

Concept Scoring Matrix

Concept Decision Explanation Table

System-Level Design

Mechanical System Architecture

Electrical System Architecture

Initial Test Stand Designs

Design Screening Matrix

Design Scoring Matrix

Design Risk Assessment

Rough Budget Estimate

System-Level Design Review Packet

Detailed Design

Detailed Design Screening Matrices

Detailed System Architecture

Bill of Materials

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Risk Mitigation Plan

Design Images

Manufactured Part Drawings

Mechanical System Feasibility Analyses

Detailed Design Review Packet

Project Management Review Notes

Final Documents

Test Plans and Results

Data Sheets, Drawings, and Manuals

Project Poster

Project Conference Paper

Standard Operating Procedure for Test Stand

Design Review Packet


Current Design Testing

2/10/2010 Customer Demo (Dry Run)

2/17/2010 Customer Demo (Wet Run)

Customer Demo Videos