Team Stratos B.I.T
Dr. T. Jagadish
ABOUT THE EVENT
The objectives of the Baja SAEINDIA 2010 competitionare to design and manufacture a fun, versatile, safe,durable, and high performance off road vehicle.Team members must ensure that the vehicle satisfiesthe limits of set rules, while also generating financialsupport for the project, and managing their educationalresponsibilities.This vehicle must be capable of negotiating the mostextreme terrain with ease.
Baja SAEINDIA is a collegiate design competitionsponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)that attracts engineering student teams from all over India.Each team’s goal is to design, build, test, promote, andrace a prototype of a single seat off-road vehiclehypothetically intended for production and eventual saleto the weekend off-road enthusiast.Team Stratos comprises of 20 students of mechanicalengineering from the
BANGALORE INSTITUTE OFTECHNOLOGY, BANGALORE.
Team Stratos’ main design objective was to ensure itsvehicle design is able to complete all tasks without anybreakdowns, whilst being an appealing vehicle topotential customers.Team Stratos met its design objectives by dividing thevehicle into major component subsystems. The teamwas divided into groups, with each group beingresponsible for a specific subsystem that was designedaccording to the team objectives and within set rules.An open source approach was adopted for all thedesigning and analyzing work. Hence, contributions fromother members of the collegiate club were alsoencouraged.
RACE ERGONOMICS – A wide field of vision will beincorporated by increasing distance between A-pillars.This will allow ease of maneuverability and corneringability.DRIVER ERGONOMICS – A spacious driver cabin willallow easy ingress and egress from the vehicle and ariding position designed for maximum driver comfort.FRAME - A light and rigid chassis will ensure goodvehicle handling while increasing driver safety in a race.SUSPENSION – An independent double wishbonesuspension at front and rear intended to give acomfortable ride whilst not compromising on shockabsorption in an off-road terrain.STEERING – Rack & pinion steering assembly tominimize force feedback from track conditions. Discbrakes installed in front will enable quick braking.POWERTRAIN – Spacious engine bay for easyserviceability and repairs under intense track conditions.Directly coupled (4+1 reverse) transmission.
Initially the general shape of the frame was sketchedusing sketcher software (Google Sketch Up). Differentshapes and sizes were considered. Finally a frameshape was chosen with form and function in mind. (Fig 1)Before the chassis design was finalized, a 1:1 mock upof the frame was built out of bamboo.The mock up allowed the team to visualize the frame in3D, as well as mock up the powertrain, steering, andbrake systems to ensure that there is adequate space.