Design, Manufacture, and Validation of the Formula Student Pedal Assembly Public

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  • Formula Student challenges collegiate teams around the world to compete against one another in global racing competitions. Global Formula Racing (GFR) is a collaboration between Oregon State University and German at Duale Hochshule Baden- Wurttemberg Ravensburg students to build a racecar. The task assigned was to create a pedal assembly for the 2014 car that would better perform than the pervious years design. The primary goal was weight reduction, because the pedals are located at the front of the car, reducing weight there has a greater affect on the center of gravity and weight transfer. Every component started from scratch and was designed from the ground up. By utilizing data from previous years, a better, lighter concept for each part was designed. Each component was also designed for simplicity of adjustment, using as few different tool sizes as possible. Catia was used as the CAD modeling software. Using the built in finite element analysis (FEA), each part designed to withstand loadings according to driver input forces. Using this method for design allowed for fewer components to be bought, with only bearings being purchased. The brake pedal alone was 214 grams lighter than last years pedal. The assembly has been tested and drove the team to victory at Formula Student Michigan.
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