P18221: RIT Baja Driveshaft Efficiency Tester
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Improving the driveline efficiency in a SAE Baja car is one of the key design components for building a faster vehicle. The driveshaft assembly must be able to supply a high amount of torque to the wheels from the reduction box through an extremely wide angular displacement. This requires complex coupling and plunge mechanical systems, whose efficiency is hard to directly evaluate, but can cause significant torque losses. The Baja senior design group proposes to build a test stand which allows them to measure the input and output torque to the halfshaft assembly at a set RPM though their full range of motion. The test stand would have three key components; the displacement adjustment, the torque measurement, and the motor / load dynamometer.

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Project Name
RIT Baja Driveshaft Efficiency Tester
Project Number
P18221
Project Family
Vehicle Systems and Technology
Start Term
2171
End Term
2175
Faculty Guide
William Nowak
Primary Customer
Baja Lead Driveline Designer - AJ Peelle, app4463@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT Baja SAE
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Member Major Role Contact
Ryan Wager ME Inboard Mechanical Lead rpw9659
Collin Cragon ME Outboard Mechanical Lead cdc8983
Jamieson Ring ME Purchasing jr5736
Nathan McKerley ME Communications ntm6986
Aaron Reay EE Project Manager atr6668
Michael Keegan EE Meeting Facilitator mjk9135
Phill Kelner EE Electrical Lead pmk2867

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From Left to Right: Phill Kelner, Ryan Wager, Collin Cragon, Jamieson Ring, Michael Keegan, Nathan Mckerely, Aaron Reay

From Left to Right: Phill Kelner, Ryan Wager, Collin Cragon, Jamieson Ring, Michael Keegan, Nathan Mckerely, Aaron Reay

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Build & Test Prep - Ends 1/25/18

Subsystem Build & Test - Ends 2/22/18

Integrated System Build & Test - Ends 3/29/18

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation - Ends 4/26/18

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