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Students’ Participation to Improve Formula SAE Car

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 1

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Masoud Fathizadeh P.E. Purdue University Northwest

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Masoud Fathizadeh – PhD, PE Professor Fathizadeh has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Purdue University Northwest since 2001. He has worked over 15 years both for private industries and national research laboratories such as NASA, Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories. Dr. Fathizadeh has established his own consulting and engineering company in 1995 specializing in power system, energy management and automation systems. During last twenty years the company performed many private and government projects. Dr. Fathizadeh has published numerous journal, conference and technical articles. He has been instrumental figure in establishing mechatronic engineering technology at Purdue University Northwest. His areas of interests are, control systems, power systems, power electronics, energy, and system integration.
Dr. Fathizadeh is a registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois.

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Anan Ismail Ayyad

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Abstract- Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) competition provides opportunity for students to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat race car for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, safety, construction, performance and cost. One such improvement has been the implementation of a telemetry and data acquisition system. Data acquisition can be further used to improve the performance of the car on the fly. A telemetry and data acquisition system allows the collection and interpretation of data from sensors, actuators and other relevant critical sub-systems with the car. The collect information enables the team to diagnose and solve issues with the car as well as programming tools, simulation tools, and other procedures used to create a working telemetry and data acquisition system. The system is based on an Arduino Mega microcontroller and its shields, which gather and transmit data from multiple sensors that measure parameters such as suspension travel, throttle/brake position, steering angle, fuel pressure, lateral/longitude/vertical acceleration, engine coolant temperature and many more sensor values from the Engine Control Module (ECU) via CAN-BUS. Though many of these devices were not meant to work directly with one another, the use of communication protocols allowed the system to successfully relay data back to the pit via graphical display for assessment by the engineering students FSAE team. An overview of the construction of the Formula SAE car, telemetry and data acquisition system, equipment and utilized software will be given. Students’ participation and involvement are key factors in the successful completion of the project. The goal of this paper is to explain the concepts and design of the system; components, sensors, actuators, relevant software, calculations, challenges, and the methodologies used to overcome the problems with the system. Students’ involvement and assessment of the overall students’ performance as well as individual member contributions to the project will constitute other parts of the paper.

Fathizadeh, M., & Ayyad, A. I. (2018, June), Students’ Participation to Improve Formula SAE Car Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31023

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