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The RIT Formula SAE Team competes in an international design competition based around small, open-wheel, single seater autocross cars. The team would like to better understand the dampers used on their car to have a competitive advantage against other schools. The best way to better understand and tune dampers is through the use of a shock dynamometer. At this point in time, the FSAE team does not have access to this equipment.

A shock dynamometer is a measurement device that can supply an input and measure the response (both displacement and force) of a damper. There are similar machines in the mechanical engineering building labs, however they do not meet the frequency requirements, size constraints, and mobility requirements.

The goal of this project is to design a device to characterize dampers, that is capable of supplying a displacement input profile and measuring force and displacement responses of a damper. Existing machines will be analyzed for compatibility. If there are no existing machines that will support the damper dyno integration, a new machine will be developed.

Stakeholders:

Primary Stakeholders

  • RIT Formula SAE Team
    • Customer and End users
    • Want a working, affordable and user friendly Shock Dyno
    • Ideally, want to tune dampers using real shock displacement data
  • Dr. Alan Nye (Formula team advisor)
    • Customer
    • Concerned with development- how this will be used in the future
    • Concerned with who is funding aspects of project
  • RIT and the KGCOE
    • Potential end users
    • Provide space for Dyno
    • Fabrication support
  • MSD team 16221
    • Want/need to provide a working prototype
    • Concerned with customer needs and specs
    • Funding
  • Calibration team
    • Who will calibrate the stand when necessary

Potential Stakeholders:

Other Project Teams:
  • Baja
    • End user/Sponsor
    • Shocks:
    • Fox Float RC2 EVOL
    • Fox Float 2R
    • Use Scenario: Characterize their shocks. Currently, Fox does not provide damper curves.
  • EVT
    • End user/Sponsor
    • TBD (reached out for interview but no response yet)
  • Bicycle
    • End user/Sponsor
    • TBD (reached out for interview but no response yet)
  • Clean Snowmobile
    • End user/Sponsor
    • TBD (reached out for interview but no response yet)
  • Hot Wheelz
    • End user/Sponsor
    • Concerned with final functionality
    • Concerned with returns on investments
    • Availability/Scheduling
Local Companies:
  • The Little Speed Shop
    • End user/Sponsor
    • TBD (reached out for interview but no response yet)
  • Berg Racing
    • End user/Sponsor
    • Concerned with returns on investments
    • Shocks:
    • MCS Porsche Cayman Shocks
    • Use Scenario: Monitor degradation of shocks between races to ensure peak performance and know when the shocks need to be repaired.
Project Name
FSAE Shock Dynamometer
Project Number
P16221
Project Family
Vehicle Systems
Start Term
2015 Fall
End Term
2016 Spring
Faculty Guide
Gerry Garavuso
Primary Customer
Formula SAE, formula@rit.edu

Team Members

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Member Role Contact
Aung Toe Electrical Engineer axt1937@rit.edu
Andrew Dodd Industrial Engineer amd6505@rit.edu
James Holmes Electrical Engineer jsh9567@rit.edu
Salvatore Fava Mechanical Engineer sxf7661@rit.edu
Christopher Batorski Mechanical Engineer cjb6970@rit.edu

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