Founded in Spring 2020, SC Formula Electric gives students hands-on experience in designing, building and testing an electric racecar. The year culminates with the annual SAE competition: an international event that sees teams from several continents come together to compete, and compare with likeminded engineers around the globe. The vehicle is managed by 3 subteams that split the vehicle into its major components. Members have the opportunity to both learn about and develop their skills with CAD modeling, dynamic testing, high voltage systems, hand and power tools, thermodynamic testing, circuitry, and programming related to CAN system, controllers, and microcontrollers.
"SC Formula Electric has allowed me to challenge my problem solving and innovative abilities like never before. It's a great team, with great people working towards a great cause." - Nancy Aguilar '22
The chassis is the main structural component of the car. Much like a house, it provides the foundation for the entire vehicle, and is designed to compliment our Powertrain and Systems components.
Suspension and Dynamics
These are the components responsible for control, vehicle handling, or car's reaction to driver input, and quality of the ride. The suspension and dynamics team will be a subteam of the Chassis team.
This includes all the components that are responsible for controlling the direction of the vehicle. This ranges from the steering wheel to the pull-rod system. Steering mechanisms will be designed by the Chassis team.
Our battery will be high voltage ~400V, and comprised of several smaller cells. These cells are housed in what is called the accumulator. The battery design team is a subteam of the Powertrain team.
This is what will convert electrical energy from the battery to mechanical energy driving the wheels. The team working on the motor and gearing is a subteam of the Powertrain team.
Communication/ Controller Area Network (CAN)
The sensors/actuators and modules (computers) control the vehicle and need to be in communication with each other at all times. The CAN system functions by verifying the current status of all objects under its control, virtually simultaneously, and then coordinates the response.
The Battery Management System (BMS), Motor, and Motor Controller will all be liquid cooled. The cooling team will be designing and building the series of cooling features on the vehicle. Cooling is under jurisdiction of the Systems team.
In addition to these technical aspects, there is a wide array of other skills the members of the business team embody that are necessary for our team's success. These skills include but are not limited to graphic design, outreach, financial analysis, and marketing.
"I joined FSAE electric because I wanted to have the opporutnity to put my skills to the test. I also went through a large learning curve working with different people. Most importantly I made a lot of friends on the way there." - Preauz Alam '21
SC Formula Electric was founded in the Spring of 2020 with the help of Professor Yann Staelens. The first two years of the club's existence have brought on a host of new challenges, that demanded both immediate and innovative solutions. As the club enters its third year, the sights are solidly set on getting a working car to competition, and competing against our peers. With specific feedback and improvements on last year's design, the team feels more equipped than ever to complete the massive undertaking.