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Organization Of A Multi Disciplinary Capstone Design Project For The Sae Formula Hybrid Competition

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



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Design in Engineering Eduaction - Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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12.1133.1 - 12.1133.10



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Darris White Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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J. E. McKisson Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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William Barott Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Organization of a Multi-Disciplinary Capstone Design Project for the SAE Formula Hybrid Competition


Many real-world projects require the application and knowledge of multiple disciplines and most professional engineers are required to regularly interact with co-workers with various backgrounds. Since capstone senior design projects are intended to prepare students for real world situations, the adaptation of multi-disciplinary teams to fulfill the senior design requirement has several advantages. For the project described in this paper, a capstone design team was organized for three degree programs; Mechanical Engineering (ME), Electrical Engineering (EE) and Engineering Physics (EP). Aerospace Engineering students were included in the project through participation in a minor course of study in ‘High Performance Vehicles,” administered through the Mechanical Engineering program.

The design goal of the project was to analyze, design and build a functioning parallel hybrid-electric race car. The vehicle will compete at an event endorsed by SAE International and IEEE, called the SAE Formula Hybrid Competition on May 1st-3rd 2007. This design project was selected as a multi-disciplinary project because it has sufficient technical challenges in each of the three degree areas. The primary challenges presented by this design project are:

• High-Power Electronics (electric motors, actuators) • Mechanical system design (suspension, chassis, drivetrain) • Energy storage and management (energy storage device and control) • Regenerative electric/hydraulic braking systems • Digital control systems • Data acquisition • Project management

This paper presents the objectives and organization of the project, the lessons learned from the project and a brief assessment of how well the project meets the requirements of the capstone senior design project.


Embry Riddle Aeronautical University adapted a college system a few years ago and recently added several engineering degree programs. Among the new programs are the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs, which began accepting students in August 2005 and are part of the College of Engineering. The Engineering Physics program is an established degree program that is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Aerospace Engineering program is an established degree program that is part of the College of Engineering.

White, D., & McKisson, J. E., & Barott, W. (2007, June), Organization Of A Multi Disciplinary Capstone Design Project For The Sae Formula Hybrid Competition Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1709

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