P18222: RIT Baja Two-Node DAQ


Project Summary Project Information

The RIT SAE Baja Team acquires multiple forms of data on their vehicle during a race. A few key systems that are monitored are the vehicle's frame, driveline, and suspension subsystems. Our project would streamline this acquisition of the race data into a multi-sensor node acquisition system. One node would acquire frame and suspension strain gauge data, one would acquire driveline temperature data, and another would capture hall effect data for engine RPM and wheel speed.

The nodes would communicate with one another (via CAN) to collect data from the vehicle subsystems. The strain sensor node would collect strain points along the frame and suspension components to calculate frame stress. The temperature node would acquire temperature of driveline components including the clutch cover and belt. The Hall Effect sensor node would collect two RPMs to calculate clutch ratios. Expandability will be built into this system so that more sensors and nodes can be added to the DAQ unit for future race data collection. This project encompasses aspects of software, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Mechanical for the design and implementation of strain gauges, enclosures, and fixtures. Electrical for wire harness assembly/routing, and PCB design for sensor nodes and the main control node. Lastly, Software, to control the communication and data acquisition of the sensor nodes.

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Project Name
RIT SAE Baja Multi Sensor Node Data Acquisition Unit
Project Number
Project Family
Systems and Technology
Start Term
2171 (Fall 2017)
End Term
2175 (Spring 2018)
Faculty Guide
George Slack gbseee@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Nathan Mckerley ntm6986@rit.edu
RIT SAE Baja Team

Team Members

From Left to Right: Odysseus Adamides, Amanda Vallat, Ross Erwin, Joseph Green

From Left to Right: Odysseus Adamides, Amanda Vallat, Ross Erwin, Joseph Green

Member Role Major Contact
Amanda Vallat Project Manager, Software Specialist Electrical Engineering aev6332@rit.edu
Odysseus Adamides Lead Engineer, Hardware Specialist Electrical Engineering oaa8092@rit.edu
Ross Erwin Purchasing, Driveline Sensor Node Lead Electrical Engineering rae1950@rit.edu
Joseph Green Communications, Frame Sensor Node Lead Electrical & Mechanical Engineering jag2138@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)


Thank you to George Slack, Mark Indovina, Carlos Barrios, Aaron Reay, Nathan Mckerely, Sarilyn Ivancic, and Forrest Sheard.