How do we build race cars? With students just like you.
We divide up the sub-systems of our Autonomous and Electric vehicles into our sub-teams and then divide each sub-system into a work package for each team member. Team members conceptualize, design, manufacture, integrate, test and validate their own part of the cars in a fourteen-month project cycle.
In 2020, MUR Motorsports goes driverless. We are giving a driverless capability to our 2019 electric vehicle with the goal of competing in the Formula Student Germany competition. To give the project context, check out this video showing an impressive solution from another university Autonomous Racing: AMZ Driverless with flüela.
This is MUR Motorsports' pilot driverless project and therefore requires students who are proactive and willing to undergo a capstone with ambiguous and evolving project requirements. Whilst challenging, this project offers students a holistic engineering capstone project unlike others offered at uni.
If you're a self-motivated and outcome-focused final-year engineering student, why not select MUR as your Capstone Project? Check out the sub-team sections below and find your ideal project. When you're ready, hit apply, and we'll be in touch soon.
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Example Roles: Housing Engineer, Accumulator Engineer
Electric roles will investigate appropriate cells to provide around 400V and 200A to the electric powertrain as well as designing the control circuitry and cabling within the battery. Mechanical roles will design the housing for the battery, keeping in mind safety during assembly and ensuring all rules are met. The accumulator team will be trained to handle hazardous voltage and gain experience in all forms of wiring and circuit design skills. The team will also be responsible for handling, charging and maintaining the current accumulator.
Example roles: Undertray and bodyworks engineer, wing design engineer, mounting design engineers
Enhances vehicular acceleration capabilities through the design, manufacture and validation of a complete aerodynamics package. The project entails running simulations with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), manufacturing components with carbon fibre, and validating simulation results on track. The aerodynamics package consists of an undertray, front wing, rear wing, nosecone, side pods and side wings, which increase load through the tyres by producing downforce.
Example Roles: Software Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer
To become driverless our 2019 electric vehicle requires a boost in brain-power. In this sub-team, you will be responsible for the selection and operation of our driverless vehicles onboard computer systems. This sub-team requires students experienced in computer systems, Linux OS and general computer troubleshooting.
Autonomous Control & Path Planning
Example Roles: Control Engineer
Central to an autonomous vehicle's navigation system is it's high-level path planner and controller. In this capstone, you will follow a full engineering project cycle to research, design, simulate, implement and test path planning and control algorithms for our autonomous race car. This challenging project demands a motivated and proactive group interested in optimisation, system modelling, and non-linear control techniques.
Autonomous Mapping & Localisation
Example Roles: Spatial Engineer, Sensor Systems Engineer
Working from perception and vehicle state information, an autonomous vehicle must be able to simultaneously map and localise itself within its environment. Accurate mapping and localisation is crucial for a vehicle's ability to plan and navigate a path through its environment. In this sub-team, you will be responsible for the research, design and implementation of mapping and localisation algorithms on the driverless vehicle. Students interested in sensor fusion, observer design, or general spatial engineering techniques are encouraged to apply for this sub-team.
Example Roles: Steering Actuation Engineer, Braking Actuation Engineer
These roles involve the mechanical design and integration of the autonomous braking and steering systems. This will include mechanical and electrical design and challenges MUR has never tackled before. The team will be trained in handling hazardous voltages as well as CNC machining and welding for appropriate parts of the subsystems.
Example Roles: Sensor Systems Engineer, Software Engineer
An autonomous vehicle's first task is to perceive and understand its environment. In this sub-team, you will be responsible for researching different perception systems and implementing a solution suitable for MUR's driverless vehicle. This team's main objectives are perception sensor selection (LiDAR, stereo- and/or monoscopic cameras), installation and calibration of these sensors, and the design and implementation of perception algorithms for object detection.
Brakes & Outboards
Example roles: Brake engineer, outboard design engineer
Brake engineers are responsible for the design of the brake rotor and mounting to the uprights. This role exposes the engineer to mechanical and thermal FEA, as well as general mechanical design. The engineer will also be responsible for the maintenance of the brake pads and bleeding of the system currently implemented on MUR19E.
Chassis & Ergonomics
Example roles: Main structure engineer, Ergonomics engineer
The chassis team is responsible for the design and validation of a rigid structure for the MUR for a new electric car in 2020, as well as maintenance of the 2019 electric vehicle chassis. This involves analysing the chassis structure for driving conditions, designing for the mounting of all other subsystems on the car, designing driver ergonomics to maximise driver performance and ensure the car meets FSAE safety requirements. You will gain from this welding and CNC training.
Example roles: Sponsorship, marketing manager, finance officer
Coordination oversees all non-technical aspects of the project, but must have a general understanding of technical sub-teams for effective sub-team management. Coordination is responsible for building and maintaining relationships externally, with sponsors and various university departments, and internally, between individuals and sub-teams. Additionally, they must manage finance, budgeting, social media, recruitment, marketing, and events.
Electric Motor Control
Example Roles: Motor control, torque vectoring engineer, vehicle modelling engineer
The EMC team are responsible for the core modelling of vehicle dynamics and control systems running the motors. This team designs and tunes systems such as torque vectoring, launch and traction control. The EMC team will be trained to handle hazardous voltage and will be responsible for general electrical manufacture and wiring of their systems as well as tuning the motors on the dyno.
Low Voltage & Loom
Example Roles: Data Acquisition Engineer, Loom Engineer
These roles will involve the design of the electric car’s wiring harness. The loom provides essential electric connections throughout the car and is critical for success. Data acquisition and sensor selection roles involve integrating components such as the dashboard to effectively relay data to the motor control unit. The team will be trained to understand proper wiring conventions and gain experience in circuit design and programming. The team will also be responsible for the collection and analysis of car data to relay to other subteams during track days.
Suspension & Steering
Example roles: Kinematics, Steering, Activation
Takes responsibility for the steering linkages and dynamic handling of the car using springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and geometric principles. Is also responsible for setting up the car for track days and fine-tuning on track to optimise vehicle performance. From this you will gain experience and training in welding and CNC machining.