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University of Southern QueenslandFaculty of Engineering & Surveying
FoES Formula SAE-A Space Frame Chassis Design
A dissertation submitted byChristopher Scott Bakerin fulfilment of the requirements of 
ENG4112 Research Project
towards the degree of 
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Submitted: October, 2004
The formula SAE-A (Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia) competition isa purpose built competition for engineering students to apply their design and teamworking skills against each other in an engineering contest. Each team is responsiblefor the design of their vehicle and the smooth integration of the various components.The design of a chassis for a formula SAE-A race car must contain all necessary com-ponents to support the car and the driver. It must also comply with the formulaSAE-A 2004 rules. In order to produce a competitive vehicle with optimum chassisperformance, many areas need to be studied and tested.This project carried out all of the necessary background research required to sustainan accurate database of design criteria. This design criteria then allowed the designprocess and methodology to be derived and to allow for smooth construction of anefficient and effective spaceframe chassis.Once construction of the chassis was completed, analyses were conducted to investigatethe effects of working loads on the chassis. Finite element analysis was used to simulatethe conditions of various load combinations. This analysis was verified by conductingsimilar physical tests on the chassis which ensured that the results were accurate. Theresults established that the deflections would be very minimal under working loads of the vehicle.During the development and construction of the formula SAE-A racer, some areas forimprovement were recognised and future recommendations were suggested.
University of Southern QueenslandFaculty of Engineering and Surveying
Research Project 
Limitations of Use
The Council of the University of Southern Queensland, its Faculty of Engineering andSurveying, and the staff of the University of Southern Queensland, do not accept anyresponsibility for the truth, accuracy or completeness of material contained within orassociated with this dissertation.Persons using all or any part of this material do so at their own risk, and not at therisk of the Council of the University of Southern Queensland, its Faculty of Engineeringand Surveying or the staff of the University of Southern Queensland.This dissertation reports an educational exercise and has no purpose or validity beyondthis exercise. The sole purpose of the course pair entitled “Research Project” is tocontribute to the overall education within the student’s chosen degree program. Thisdocument, the associated hardware, software, drawings, and other material set out inthe associated appendices should not be used for any other purpose: if they are so used,it is entirely at the risk of the user.
Prof G Baker
DeanFaculty of Engineering and Surveying

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