UT 2010 Formula Car Unveiling

APR 22, 2010  6:00 PM        rOOM: T- Room (ETC)

 The 2010 Formula Car Team is proud to present the the new car to our sponsors and everyone involve with the program.

Unveiling Invite download

Pictures coming up


Math at Top Speed: Exploring and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore

March 11, 2010  7:00 PM        rOOM: CPE 2.206 (the Chem and Petr Eng building)

Speaker: Professor Richard Tapia, Dept of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University

 In this talk, Prof. Tapia will identify elementary  mathematical frameworks for the study of  popular drag racing beliefs. In this manner some myths are validated, while others are destroyed.  Prof. Tapia will explain why dragster acceleration is greater than the acceleration due to gravity, an age old inconsistency. His "Fundamental Theorem of Drag Racing" will be presented.  The first part of the talk will be a historical account of the development of drag racing and will include several lively videos.(PowerPoint)


Officer Elections and A study of dedicated EGR cylinders to improve the fuel economy of a gasoline engine

Sept. 16, 2009        rOOM: ETC 2.136        7:00pm

Speaker: Darius Mehta (MSME UT) Southwest Research Institute (the largest independent automotive R&D facility in the US)

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI) has demonstrated in the HEDGE® program that a spark ignited (SI) gasoline engine can be operated with high levels of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to achieve fuel economy approaching that of a Diesel engine. A key technology associated with this success is the air handling system, which must provide as much as 50% EGR in a manner that does not adversely affect engine pumping, turbocharger performance, or transient response. SwRI has proposed a new EGR system that separates the exhaust runner of one (or more) cylinder from the main exhaust manifold and reroutes it directly into the intake manifold. With this configuration, all of the burned gases from the separated exhaust runner are considered EGR, and hence the cylinder is called a dedicated EGR (D-EGR) cylinder. In the case of a four cylinder engine with one D-EGR cylinder, the engine is essentially operated at a fixed EGR rate of 25%. This fixed EGR rate greatly simplifies transient control of EGR, as the fixed EGR rate is maintained as air flow rates are increased or decreased during the transient. More importantly, the air-fuel ratio of the D-EGR cylinder is controlled separately of the other cylinders, and can be made to operate fuel-rich such that a small amount of hydrogen is generated. This small quantity of hydrogen significantly improves the EGR tolerance and burn rate of the engine, both of which contribute to fuel economy improvement. The D-EGR cylinder can also be made to operate fuel-lean if high oxygen content EGR is needed.
In this work, one-dimensional cycle simulation was used to identify the appropriate layout of the air handling system, including supercharger and/or turbocharger size and arrangement needed to achieve 50% EGR.  Engine investigations were then conducted on a 3.5L V6 gasoline engine to assess whether it was possible to operate an engine with 50% EGR, and to determine what fuel economy improvement was available.


Translating what the customer cares about into engineering metrics

APR 29, 2009        rOOM: ETC 2.136        7:00pm

Rob Smithson, Vice President - Product Development, Fallbrook Technologies, Cedar Park, TX, and an SAE Fellow

Abstract: It’s very easy to get caught up in engineering measurables like efficiency and performance, but not understanding how the customer for your product or service values these things, if they even value them at all, can lead to the wrong engineering decisions and, more importantly, an unsuccessful product in the marketplace. We’ll talk about how simple performance metrics like efficiency aren’t sufficient to make product design decisions, and discuss some examples of non-linear performance thinking in real world products that were big hits in the marketplace.


Engineering Design Methodologies at Schlumberger

Mar 12, 2009        rOOM: ETC 2.108        7:00pm

Danny Hlavinka. will present a brief overview of what Schlumberger does for their clients and some of the difficulties they are faced with in designing their equipment.  He will also discuss some of the engineering tools utilized at Schlumberger to optimize their design iterations and perform qualification testing.  This presentation will include several engineering problems Schlumberger has faced and the various design iterations they went through before arriving at viable solutions.


Robotic Welded Coatings for Wear, Corrosion and Ballistic Applications

FEB 26, 2009        rOOM: ETC 2.108        7:00pm

Daniel Alford from Arc Specialties, a Houston-based company specializing in automated manufacturing, will discuss case studies using robots and welded coatings to solve wear, corrosion and ballistic problems which a single material can't solve, with an emphasis on vehicle applications including military, consumer and racing.


Vehicle Efficiency Pathways

jan 22, 2009        rOOM: ETC 2.136        7:00pm

John Bucknell, a senior specialist at GM Powertrain, will discuss how modern passenger cars are removing themselves from the environmental debate through numerous groundbreaking technologies and ideas. Modern passenger cars must respond to market demand and regulation forces, delivering superior air quality, utmost safety and ever-higher energy efficiency. This lecture will discuss efficiencies on both the supply and demand pathways for improving energy efficiency in the context of emissions and safety regulations. Well-to-wheel and pump-to-wheel efficiencies will also be covered in brief to highlight the efficiency of Electric Vehicles. His presentation can be downloaded here.


Officer Elections & GM - 100 Years of Innovation

sept 22, 2008        rOOM: ETC 2.136        7:00pm

Tim Holt, a UT grad in EE, who now works for General Motors as the Head of the GM Recruiting Team for UT will be talking about the future of GM. GM is currently in the midst of an industry-wide race to develop alternatives to petroleum-powered vehicles. They're heavily invested in flex-fuel, E-Flex, battery, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid technology solutions.

Design and Fabrication of an SCCA DSR Sports Prototype Racecar

may 1, 2008        rOOM: ETC 2.114        7:00pm

The Zilker Vehicle Technology team will present their prototype racecar for the SCCA D-Sports Racer class.  The team will discuss the car’s specification, design and fabrication process.  The team consists of Formula SAE alumni from various schools including UT.  Also, the Zilker DSR racecar will be on display! The live presentation can be downloaded here.

Composite Structures for Race Cars, Race Boats, etc.

apr 9, 2008        rOOM: etc 2.114        7:00PM

Andy Green is an engineer, sailor, and entrepreneur with a BS in Civil Engineering from Lamar University and an MS in Structural
Engineering from SMU.  He pioneered composites for structural applications (since 1957) such as all composite EMI test buildings, walkway bridges with clear spans greater than 90 feet, ocean racing and Olympic sailboats, and the Chaparral race car chassis.  (Under the guidance of famous race car driver and engineer Jim Hall, Chaparral cars put Texas on the international racing map in the 1960s and '70s.  Mr. Green designed and fabricated their chassis.)  Mr. Green likes high performance "anything" and was on the 1968 Olympic sailing team with Ted Turner in the Flying Dutchman.  He is a successful ocean racer who still holds the course record for a sailboat between Galveston and Port Aransas.

Challenges in OEM Automotive Audio

mar 27, 2008        rOOM: ETC 2.108        7:00pm

Paul Shepherd, an engineer responsible for Ferrari and Maserati audio while working for Bose will be coming to give us a lecture on automotive audio systems. Branded-audio suppliers are regularly challenged by automotive manufacturers to minimize cost. By creating and using intellectual property to overcome problems inherent with commodity audio systems, branded-audio suppliers are able to acquire new business and maintain profitability. The experience of the speaker as a systems engineer for the Bose Automotive Division will be reviewed. Challenges in both product engineering and sales as an automotive supplier are discussed, and novel products and ideas from multiple suppliers are shown to address these challenges.

On-Board Data Acquisition for Improvement of Vehicle Handling

Feb 28, 2008        rOOM: etc 2.108        7:00PM

Bill Dollahite, a EE who played a leading role in development of on-board data acquisition before becoming a driver for
Team Ferrari will be discussing the role data acquisition plays in improving vehicle performance. He lives in Austin and is near completion of a Motorsports Academy. His live presentation can be downloaded here.

Hydrogen and Cooled EGR

NOV 28, 2007        rOOM: ETC 2.108        7:00pm

The South Texas Section and the University of Texas at Austin SAE will have a combined meeting, in Austin. Dr. Terry Alger, will be talking about the effects of hydrogen and cooled EGR on gasoline engine performance and emissions. Dr. Alger is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently does research at Southwest Research Institute. His presentation can be downloaded here.

SEMA 2008

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2007        rOOM: Las vegas Convention center        8am-5pm

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, marine and RV markets. SEMA Show 2006 drew over 50,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits. We displayed out 1937 Chevy master Sedan Restoration. A presentation of the build process can be downloaded here.

Tires, Shocks, and Chassis! O My!

Oct 17, 2007        rOOM: ETC 2.108        7:00pm

Cameron Kurth, the former UT SAE officer and member of both our Formula SAE team (90-91, 91-92, and 92-93) and our Natural Gas Vehicle Challenge team (91-92),currently a chassis tuning engineer with HATCI (Hyundai-Kia Automotive Test Center Inc.), Irvine, CA will give a presentation on "Development of  Chassis Tuning Test Cycle and How to Tune Tires and Shocks"

An Overview of the GM Performance Division / Officer Elections

Sept 24, 2007     ROOM: ETC 2.108        7:00PM

Shana Shaw, the Specialty Vehicles Program Manager of the GM Performance Division, will come and talk about her program and the opportunities available at GM.

Kart Racing Presentation

April 23, 2007

The Kart Racing Presentation given by Jeff Cloud and Erik Frank discusses several different types of Kart chassis, engines, formats and organizations. it later goes on to describe the technical aspects of these karts including suspension, data acquisition, intake, exhaust, and tuning. The presentation can be downloaded here. Note: File size is 9.8 MBytes.

History of Hot Rods Presentation

April 12, 2007

The legendary Clark A. Kibler gave us the pleasure of a presentation on the History of Hot Rods. He detailed the first hot rods and their evolution into the popular lifestyle it is today. Clark is also famous for setting world speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats clocking over 432 mph! The presentation can be downloaded here. Note: File size is 16.8 MBytes.

SAE Turns 100 Years Old

April 20, 2005

SAE International's 2005 World Congress, which featured a celebration of the association's 100th Anniversary, is now - successfully - in the books. The four-day SAE World Congress just completed last week was held at Cobo Center in Detroit and attracted a total of 35,908 registered attendees from 47 nations globally; U.S. attendees represented 48 states - all but Hawaii and South Dakota. Last year's registered attendance was 35,392.The full article can be found here.

Thanks to all our attendees:
Dr. Terry Alger - Prof. Marcus - Ashford - Dr. Wen Dai -  Dr. Yiqun Huang - Courtney and David Kieke - Dr. Sharon Leach - Dave Masser - Prof. Ron Matthews - Prof. Yasuo Moriyoshi - Steve Nabours - John Ramsey - Dr. Charlie Roberts - Dr. Tom Ryan - Dr. Kevin Tallio - Dr. Xiao Wei Zhao - Myoungjin Kim - Hongxun Gao - Brian Novoselich - Huijie Xu

Catalysts and Emissions

February 5, 2003

Dr. Todd H. Ballinger and Johnson Matthey will give a lecture at 7PM in ETC 2.136 on Vehicle Comparisons of Advanced Three-Way Catalysts and Hydrocarbon Trap Catalysts for Low Emission Vehicles. In order to meet the most stringent government regulations for pollutant emissions from automobiles, cold-start hydrocarbon emissions must be controlled.  Hydrocarbon trap catalysts are one method of reducing cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, but this study demonstrates that the efficiency of the trap catalyst is dependent on the hydrocarbon speciation of the cold-start engine exhaust