Jason Schindler

Faculty Mentor(s)

John Choi (Mechanical Engineering Technology)


Cars have each aspect of engineering incorporated into them, which make them a great learning tool. That is why an RC Baja car is a great senior project for Mechanical Engineering students. The approach that students must take to design, construct, and test the car is to set parameters, and to make overall goals that can be easily measured. These goals include things like a $700 budget and withstand a 1-foot drop to flat on all four wheels. First, the design must meet the specifications and rules that are set previously. This ensures that there is a driving factor to the design. For example, if there is not a price restriction on the design, then budgeting and using material more effectively would not occur. Once goals were made, then designs were made to reach these goals. Designs specifically made for design goals were calculated using both material analysis, thermodynamics, and kinematic systems. For example, if the car had to be able to drop from a 1-foot elevation, then the suspension of the car must be able to withstand the force of the entire weight of the car as it is dropped from that height. The resulting goals of the car are then tested, and depending on the results of these tests, merits either re-design, or continued use of these components that were tested. Keywords: Suspension, RC Baja, Drivetrain



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