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Chassis Design Analysis for Formula Student Car


Project Summary

This project focuses on the proposed chassis design for the 2009 Warwick Formula Student team.

Formula Student is a competition in which teams of students design and build single-seater racing vehicles and enter them in an annual competition where they are awarded points for a number of different key areas.

The chassis of a vehicle is arguably the most important part as it serves as the framework onto which all other components are attached. Chassis’s can be of many different types including ladder frames, monocoque, space frame and backbone style.

The proposed chassis is of the space frame style design and using computer aided design (CAD) has been created in a virtual environment. Using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques different loading conditions where simulated in order to ascertain how the chassis would react.

The chassis was subjected to braking loads, cornering loads, asymmetric loads and torsional loads.

It was found that under these different loads the chassis performed well and was easily able to carry the stresses that were created under these conditions.

Optimisation of the chassis proved to be beyond the scope of the report as the chassis had been design to maximum effect using the smallest tubing sizes available under the current rules.

Further work that could be carried out would require more time in order to create a more accurate model with the additional components added in order to represent real conditions more precisely.

Chassis design for W7









Samuel Turner


EMAIL: Samuel dot Turner at warwick dot ac dot uk