Thank you Dr. Taylor for giving us a good look at what you have done at Raytheon, Lockheed Martin as well as discussing your current research at UTA! We hope to see everyone again at the next general SAE meeting in October!
Texas A&M joined 75 other schools in Lincoln, Nebraska for the 2019 Formula SAE International competition. The overall competition placement is based off the total accumulated points out of 1000 points available. The 1000 points on offer come from a combination of dynamic and static events. There are three static events and five dynamic events at the competition. A business presentation (75 points), a cost report (100 points), and a design report (150 points) make up the three static events. The five dynamic events consist of acceleration (100 points), skid pad (75 points), autocross (125 points), endurance (275 points) and fuel efficiency (100 points). Overall, we were able to score 684.4 points to finish 10th out of the 76 teams. While this isn’t exactly the result we were looking for overall after being 2-time reigning champions in 2017 and 2018, the team is very proud of the 10th place finish.
After facing some issues in technical inspection, our team was able to complete the brake and sound test with only two hours left to complete the acceleration and skid pad events. During our first skid pad run, the car was able to cross the finish line in 25th position. However, we had a fuse blow on the car causing the fan on the radiator to stop working, making the engine overheat during the event. Crunched for time, the team was able to change the burned out fuse but we were only able to complete one acceleration run, coming across 18th. Going into the autocross run, we were confident in the handling of the car. The first driver was able to complete all three of his laps but on his last run of the event, the car was stuck in second gear. The team went hard at work to solve the issues but we could not get our second driver out in time. Despite only having one driver complete the event and being stuck in second gear for our fast lap, we finished 18th in the autocross event. With the 18th place finish in autocross, we started our endurance run after the lunch break on Saturday. Our hopes of having a stress free endurance run quickly vanished as the engine temperatures quickly rose to around 225 degrees for the first driver. With the first driver able to finish all 8 laps, the second driver climbed in and experienced the same issues. With the engine overheating, there was a drastic loss of power. Despite the issues, the team finished 8th in the endurance event and 9th in the fuel efficiency event.
Despite the setbacks we had throughout the event, we are more than happy with our 10th place finish at the SAE International event in Lincoln. The team did a great job in the static events placing 33rd in cost report, 23rd in the business presentation, and 21st in the design event. The team worked extremely hard all school year and finishing in tenth is a great representation of this years work.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, mentors, and professors who helped us make Texas A&M Formula 2019 the team that it is today. Without your help, competing in Lincoln would not have been an option.
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On May 16, Texas A&M BAJA traveled to Gorman, California to compete against the best schools from around the world in a BAJA SAE International competition. The overall competition placement is based off the total accumulated points out of 1000 available. The 1000 points on offer come from a combination of dynamic and static events. Dynamic events include acceleration (75 points), maneuverability (75 points), suspension and traction (75 points), hill climb (75 points), and endurance (400 points). Static events include cost report (100 points), design presentation (150 points), and sales presentation (50 points). Overall, we accumulated 459.91 points to finish 52 out of 99 teams. While this isn’t exactly the result we were looking for overall, we did see a massive improvement in our static event scores over last year; finishing 9th overall in cost report, 17th overall in design presentation, and 16th overall in sales presentation.
Additionally, as per our team goals, we designed an endurance focused car as the endurance event has the highest amount of points on offer. After starting in the mid 50’s due to our acceleration placement, we quickly moved through the field and into the top 25 by the end of the first hour. With 3 hours left in the race, this was definitely a good sign. However, just 45 minutes later, we ran into trouble with our front suspension and spent around an hour and a half in the pits fixing our car, relegating Texas A&M to 65th overall.
Despite the setbacks we had in endurance, we are more than happy with our showing at BAJA California. The massive improvements in the static events proved we had a solid design philosophy and marketing campaign. The unpredictable and brutal nature of the dynamic events brought out some unknown weaknesses in our car that we are assessing for next year’s car. For such a young team, this competition was a huge learning experience that will prove invaluable for future teams.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, mentors, and professors who helped us make Texas A&M BAJA 2019 the phenomenal team that it is today. Without your help, competing in California would not have been an option.
The 2019 Texas A&M Aero SAE team brought home a fifth placed result at the 2019 Aero East competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The team traveled to Fort Worth at the beginning of March with high hopes entering the competition. The three events at the Aero competition consisted of a design report, technical presentation and mission performance. The Texas A&M team was able to score a first place result in the design report event, a fourth place result in the technical presentation and tied for sixth in mission performance. With all of the scores added up, the team was able to bring home a fifth place finish out of a total of forty-three teams!
Congratulations to the 2019 Aero SAE team!
Coming off of the 2018 Formula SAE Lincoln competition victory, the Texas A&M team is looking to win their third consecutive title in Lincoln, Nebraska! The 2019 team consists of twenty brand new engineer’s and a freshly designed car with one goal in mind, to win a third Championship in Lincoln. There have been major changes to this year's car that the team believes can still give them the winning edge at the upcoming competition. Keep an eye out for the reigning champions to be a strong threat in Lincoln June 19 - June 22.
Good luck at the SAE International event Ags!
Fresh off their first competition last year, the 2019 Texas A&M Baja SAE team will head to California for the SAE International Baja event. Out of the twenty-nine members participating in this years Baja team, only seven members are returning from last years team. Project Manager Luke Szrama has high hopes for this years team, saying "This year's car is a 100% new design. Some major changes come from custom designed and manufactured parts that allowed us to reduce our weight by over 100 pounds!". Some of the changes to this year's car include a new gearbox, redesigned hubs and axles, a carbon fiber seat and body, and a new steering rack.
The 2019 Baja SAE team is looking to improve on the results from last years 33rd place finish with a newly designed car. Stay tuned for updates from the competition and good luck Ags!
We are currently looking for Development, Social Media and Champ-Car applicants. If you are interested or have any questions, email the President of SAE (President.SAE.TAMU@gmail.com ) and the Vice President of SAE (VicePresident.SAE.TAMU@gmail.com ).
[Left - Right]: President: Randall Schank, Vice President: Joshua Abella, Treasurer: Aqil Ali, Secretary: Ronak Patel, Webmaster: David Ilavia
Thank you Thomas for giving us a good look at what Southwest Research Institute does and providing the Layne’s Chicken for our members. Looking forward to more good things from the Southwest Research Institute and SAE!
Thank you Mr. Fissler for coming to us to talk about what Schlumberger Engineers do in industry! There was quite the turnout once again.
Unfortunately, this is the last meeting of the semester. Keep in touch with our email newsletters and social media updates for the next general meeting in the spring!
What a great turnout for our second General Meeting!
Thanks again to General Motors for the talk about Electric Vehicles and providing food!
Our Upcoming Events are as follows:
Apprentices Application is due this Wednesday 10/3 at 11:59 pm. Check the website page under Club Programs to find the application
SAE Development and ChampCar programs will have meetings. Contact each program director for information! You can find their emails under their Club Program pages.
Looking forward, our next general meeting is on Monday 11/5/18 with Schlumberger