P14221: FASE Aerodynamics
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Formula SAE is a collegiate competition in which students design and race an open-wheeled Formula style race vehicle that is capable of performing in multiple aspects of road-racing including straight line acceleration, steady state cornering, road course maneuverability, and fuel economy. The current rules have resulted in a growing trend in aerodynamics (“aero”). Approximately 75% of FSAE teams currently implement an aero package to some extent.

Professional race teams exploit aero to the fullest extent possible while staying within the rules. They do this because they know that the more downforce they have, the more grip they can get from the tires and the faster they can navigate corners without the penalty of added mass to accelerate around the track. Formula 1 is the most closely related series to Formula SAE, and that is where much inspiration comes from for all aspects of RIT's car. Some FSAE teams are taking advantage of advanced systems such as active drag reduction systems.

RIT 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.

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Project Name
FSAE Aerodynamic Development
Project Number
P14221
Project Family
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Start Term
2131
End Term
2133
Faculty Guide
Alan Nye
Primary Customer
RIT FSAE Team
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT FSAE Team

Team Members

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Member Role Contact
Shelby Acome Industrial Engineer sca7143@rit.edu
Max Affleck Mechanical Engineer mla1303@rit.edu
Megan Kagenski Mechanical Engineer mek2223@rit.edu
Tim Moran Mechanical Engineer tdm1944@rit.edu
Travis Newberry Mechanical Engineer txn7259@rit.edu

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Planning & Execution

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Final Presentation

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Poster

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