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We divide up the sub-systems of our Combustion 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.
If you're a self-motivated and outcome focused final-year engineering student, why not select MUR as your Capstone Project? Check out sub-team pages below and find your ideal project. When you're ready, hit apply, and we'll be in touch soon.
Investigate appropriate cells to provide 470V, 200A to the electric powertrain, accept regenerative braking energy, test them to determine their electrical characteristics and design a Battery Management System that will track the State of Charge by implementing a Kalman filter. This role will also involve designing the packaging, safety and control circuitry so that nothing catches fire and no-one electrocutes themselves while working on the car.
Develops and implements a drivetrain that can efficiently transmit power from the engine to the wheels whilst balancing performance needs, a pedal box suitable for a race performance driver, a pneumatic gear shifting system, and a braking system that is characterized by controlled and effective deceleration, across both the Combustion and Electric vehicles.
The chassis team is responsible for the design and validation of a rigid structure for the MUR for both the combustion car and the electrical car in 2018. 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.
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, supply chain activities, recruitment, marketing and events.
Design a controller for the motor to optimise the vehicle dynamic performance of the car. This will involve modelling, system identification on a variety of test benches, CAN communication and possibly Kalman filtering of sensor data to implement slip control.
The engine team is responsible for the implementation of a high-performance engine system. This includes modification, validation and dyno tuning of an existing engine, as well as the design, manufacture and validation of auxiliary components. These auxiliary components include the fuel system, cooling, exhaust, intake and lubrication. Skills in CAD and simulation software will be learnt as well as the use of manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing, laser cutting, welding and CNC machining.
The Integration team manages all technical aspects of the project, overseeing Design Engineers as they design, manufacture and validate. Integration is responsible for ensuring designs are competition rules compliant and adhere to the top-level concept. Integration are responsible for the overall project management, setting deadlines and implementing timeline management techniques. In addition, responsible for subsystem integration, driver training & track operations.
Implementing a full sensor network on the electric vehicle to measure and optimise performance in real time as well as tune the other systems on the car. This will involve embedded system software and PCB design, communications including CAN and wireless data transmission as well as making non-programmable safety circuits and possibly sensor design.
Takes responsibility for the steering linkages and dynamic handling of the car through the use of springs, anti-roll bars and geometric principles.
The Aerodynamics sub-team’s objective is to enhance vehicular acceleration capabilities through the design, manufacture and validation of a complete aerodynamics package. Components include undertray, front wing, rear wing, nosecone, side pods and side wings, which increase load through the tyres by producing downforce. The project entails running simulations with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), manufacturing the final design in the MUR workshop, and validating simulation results on track.