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Dalhousie FSAE: Michigan Competition

Vision

Formula SAE is an international series of university-level competitions where students design and build open-wheel racecars. The competition consists of static and dynamic events, including acceleration tests and autocross time trials along with judging from professionals in the automotive industry. Dalhousie’s FSAE team has been active since 2010, competing in events at the Michigan International Speedway and at UK’s Silverstone Circuit. The team has developed over the years, placing as high as 20th in the 2014 UK competition.

Check out our team’s promo video!

Story

Dalhousie’s FSAE team offers an incredible experience to Dal’s students. It gives engineering students a chance to learn a wide variety of technical skills through designing the car. Many team members gain their first experience with the design of a vehicle’s suspension, drivetrain, powertrain, or wiring system, and this exposure has helped many members apply for co-op positions or engineering jobs after graduating. The team’s senior members also gain valuable practice in leadership roles, managing small student groups throughout the design process.

Strategy

This year, Dal FSAE intends to compete at FSAE Michigan from May 10 to 13. The car’s design is well underway: the vehicle’s frame has been built, the suspension system is fully modelled, and a new engine is currently being tested. We are prepared to have the car built during March, allowing for some time to test and tune the car. Additionally, we are actively working on several deliverables for the competition, such as the car’s design and cost reports.

Impact

The team’s goal is to send 12 students to Michigan this year to allow several of the newer students to experience the competition. With such a large group, the estimated budget for registration, transportation, hotels, and food during the trip is over $12,000. This funding will go towards the costs of this trip, helping us rent several cars and book hotel rooms for the week.

!Update!
Unfortunately, we had some big setbacks during our build, and our team has decided to pull the plug on competing at Michigan.
Here are our plans for the summer:
– We’re sending a small team of 5 people to Michigan to chat with other teams and try to pick up as much information as possible.
– We’re still signed up for Formula North in Ontario this June, and we’re confident we’ll have our car together to compete here.

Thanks for your support! Follow us on our social media to see how the rest of our build and competitions go.

The Team

Greg d'Eon

Team Captain

Greg is a 5th year computer engineering student at Dal. As the team captain, he's the manager of the team, making sure that the system leads are staying on schedule and keeping on top of the FSAE competition deliverables.

Alex Moore

Lead Engineer

Alex is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at Dal. In his lead engineer role, he works closely with the various systems on the car, integrating all of these parts and making sure that everything can be built.

Talah Al-Sharkawi

Business Lead

Talah is a 3rd year industrial engineering student at Dal. As the team's business lead, her responsibilities include obtaining sponsorships, fundraising, and preparing the team's business presentation for the competition.

Updates

The End

May 7, 2017

Unfortunately, we had some big setbacks during our build, and our team has decided to pull the plug on competing at Michigan.

Here are our plans for the summer:

- We're sending a small team of 5 people to Michigan to chat with other teams and try to pick up as much information as possible.

- We're still signed up for Formula North in Ontario this June, and we're confident we'll have our car together to compete here.

Thanks for your support! Follow us on our social media to see how the rest of our build and competitions go.

Crunch Time

May 1, 2017

We've been working day and night to get our car finished. Here's a little peek at what we've been up to:

- Our hubs and uprights are in! Some of our incredible sponsors at SureShot and Velocity Machining got these made for us. We just need to put the finishing touches on them here and they'll be ready to assemble.

- The cockpit is ready: we bolted in our brand new belts from Leaf Racewear, and our mechanical shifter is all set. The team had some fun climbing into the car - it looks very comfy this year.

- Our frame and bodywork are painted and looking mean. (We learned a thing or two about painting carbon fiber along the way...)

- We're prepared to wire the car today. With a bit of luck, we're hoping to get our engine firing tonight.

All the pieces are definitely coming together and we're really excited to get this car running.

Easter Update

April 19, 2017

Easter weekend might have been a relaxing long weekend for some of you, but we spent it working hard on the car instead!



After spending so long designing the parts for our car, we're finally building and assembling all the bits and pieces. Our engine is firmly bolted into the car, and our cockpit is coming together - we just finished our steering and firewall. Plenty more parts are on the way. Our bodywork is in progress, too: we've layed up the carbon fiber side panels, and we're about to build the nosecone.



It's going to be an exciting few weeks as we work through the build. Stay tuned!

Cost Reports and Engines

April 7, 2017

It's been a crazy week for us! On Monday, we sent off our cost report, which is our last document for FSAE Michigan. The cost report is a huge (~300 page) spreadsheet that details the cost of every single part on our car, from our engine to the nuts and bolts. Now, all we have to do is get our car together and we're ready to go.

We also finishing tuning our engine this week. Our Honda CRF450X gets us just over 40 hp on an engine dyno. we were worried that this smaller engine would be a lot less powerful than our old Honda CBR600, so this is really exciting for us!

National Engineering Month

March 29, 2017

We've been working hard on building our car, but we took a quick break this weekend for the National Engineering Month Showcase. We had a great time: parents thought our team was a great idea, and kids all thought they were amazing at our F1 game. Thanks to Engineers Nova Scotia for setting everything up.

By the way, we were featured on Today@Dal! Check out our post at https://www.dal.ca/news/today/2017/03/27/dal_s_engineering_students_look_to_represent_atlantic_canada.html.

Hello World!

March 15, 2017

Hi, everybody! We're really happy to be one of the first projects up on Project Dal. We'll be checking in on this page once in a while to keep you up to date on our car and our competition prep.

If you want to see what we've been up to lately, check out our other social media:

- Instagram/Twitter: @dalfsae

- Facebook: facebook.com/dalfsae

Backers

Faculty of Engineering

Jason d'Eon

Laura Teed

Looking forward to seeing how the team makes out! Go Dal Engineering!

Kimberly McDonald Winsor

Best of luck!

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