Designing a racecar fuel-injection system
- Mechanical engineering major
- College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
The idea behind Formula SAE is that a fictional company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar. We are judged on all aspects of a business, including research, design, manufacturing, testing, and fund raising.
This year's car will be similar in design to last year's car except for the fuel injection. We are replacing the carburetor with a fuel-injection system to gain some power, reliability and to make the car as fuel efficient as possible. My senior project is doing the fluid analysis and fluid design of the intake manifold.
I work part time at Barnes Aerospace in East Granby. Being on the team helped me get the job. It gives you the opportunity to work with your hands. You actually get to build what you design, which is uncharacteristic of what you do in class. In class you learn a lot of theory but here you actually get to put a car together. It's that hands-on connection between the theory and actually doing it that I really enjoy.