The Formula SAE lab is designated to build the Formula SAE competition vehicles. In addition to all the basic workshop tools, the lab boasts welding and layout tables, a drill press, a welder, SolidWorks CAD workstations, a chassis dynamometer, a shock dynamometer, and a flow bench. An engine dynamometer test cell equipped with a brand new dynamometer is also housed in the lab. These tools allow students to design and build a complete vehicle from the ground up. The open-wheel cars built in the lab can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and can reach speeds of 120 mph. Students from various levels, starting from freshmen all the way to graduate students, join the team and participate in the experience.
The Baja SAE Laboratory is the center of LTU’s Baja SAE vehicle design and fabrication project. The Baja SAE competition provides an opportunity for engineering students from all over the world to design, fabricate and compete in all-terrain vehicles. The object of the competition is to provide SAE student members with a challenging project that involves real-world planning and manufacturing tasks encountered when introducing a new product to a consumer market. Teams compete against one another to have their design evaluated for manufacturability, design and performance. Students must function as a team to not only conceptualize, design, build, test, promote, and race a vehicle within the limits of the rules, but also to generate financial support for their project and manage their educational priorities.
Lawrence Tech is building SAE Hybrid Electric vehicles for the competitions held in May. Lawrence Tech competes in this event annually and the many things learned from building previous competition vehicles are incorporated into the new vehicles. The lab houses the newly welded-up chassis and electric generator, the electric motors with the gasoline engine and lithium ion batteries. Because this vehicle has sophisticated electronic controls for both the electric generator and the lithium-ion battery energy storage system, an electronics fabrication room is available for review. The vehicle is fully designed in CAD and those CAD graphics are available for review. Various system testing stations are also available for review.
The Aero Design Laboratory is the dedicated workspace for the SAE Aero Design competition students. Any student, from freshman through graduate students, can join the team and be a part of the yearly competition. The SAE Aero Design Competition challenges engineering students from around the world to design, build, test, and fly a radio controlled heavy lift cargo airplane. Given a set of constraints, the goal is to airlift the most weight possible. Some of the constraints include dimensional limits, a specified standard unmodified engine, to take off within a given distance, to land within a specified distance, and a minimum specified cargo bay area. The laboratory contains all the tools necessary to design and build the airplane.