Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team consists of Duke students from both Pratt and Trinity, in all classes. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Saturday, Nov 5

 Hey everyone,

This Saturday we have an Engineering Alumni Council (EAC) BBQ at 12.  There will be free food.

We're working as usual Saturday, including carbon fiber work on the intake, cutting and starting to weld the exhaust, a-arms, machining a few more tabs (and working with mastercam), and doing more carbon fiber work for the diffuser.

Just a reminder- I'm holding a vehicle dynamics lecture after dinner (say 7:00).  This will be a repeat of the first lecture I gave on Tuesday.

If you're on east campus, we'll be picking people up from in front of the marketplace at 11:45. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Progress Update

Right now we're in manufacturing mode.  Mostly machining work at this point, but some carbon fiber stuff as well.  Frame jig is sent off, but we're still waiting on the roll hoops (Chassis Shop apparently ran out of chromoly tubing...couple more weeks to wait).  Most of the little stuff is now machined, including ARB blocks, front bellcranks, a-arm jig and supports, throttle body linkage, and about 30 something tabs.
Next steps - more machining, mostly big stuff now like uprights and lathe work.  Intake is getting close to being finished, exhaust has been started, steel a-arms are on their way, and aero fabrication needs to be done.

Bunch of pictures of machining after the jump.