Kesällä Itävallan Red Bull Ringiltä kotiin tuotu kymmenes sija antoi Formula Student Oululle syytä pitää ansaittu muutaman kuukauden lepo, mutta nyt kausi 2019-2020 on pyörähtänyt käyntiin! Lukukauden alkaessa myös tiimin toiminta pyörähti käyntiin. Syyskuun alussa fokus oli uusien jäsenien rekryämisessä. Violetit hupparit olivat yleinen näky usean ainejärjestön fuksi-illassa, joissa kerroimme uusille opiskelijoille yhdistyksen toiminnasta. Osallistuimme … Continue reading Kauden aloitus!
Tällä viikolla pääsimme Oulun Ammattikorkeakoulun dynamometrille hurruuttamaan Yamahaa oikein toden teolla. Moottorin penkityksessä auton vetävä akseli kiinnitetään dynamometreihin ja pyöritetään renkaita kuin ajaessa. Samalla säädetään polttoaine- sekä sytytyskarttoja, jotta moottori ei räjähdä ajaessa ja saadaan paras mahdollinen teho irti. Käytännössä moottori harvemmin räjähtää (onneksi), mutta säätämällä optimaalinen seos joka tilanteessa saadaan moottorista parhaat tehot irti. … Continue reading Moottori penkitetty
Alkuvuonna suunnitelmat alkaa olla suunniteltuna, ja oli aika siirtyä kirjaimellisesti sorvin ääreen. Kevät onkin superkiireistä aikaa FSO:lle vesileikata, hitsata, kuiduttaa, koneistaa, laserleikata ja kaikkea siltä väliltä. Yksi haasteellisimmista osista valmistaa on esimerkiksi olka-akselit, jotka vaativat monimutkaisen koneistuksen ja yliopiston konepajan henkilökunta onkin auttanut olan puuhamiehiä Joukaa ja Sakkea valmistuksessa. Olka-akselit valmistetaan Sah-Kon alumiinista vesileikkaamalla ja … Continue reading Kiirettä pitää keväällä!
Auto valmistuu, kevät ja kesä lähenee ja ME LÄHDETÄÄN ITÄVALTAAN MAAILMAN TOISEKSI KOVIMPAAN KILPAILUUN! Se tarkoittaa myös sitä, että kilpailua varten pitää valmistella Business Case - ja meillähän ei ole alempaa tavoitetta kuin lähteä voittamaan maailman kovimmat yliopistot ja ottaa tiimille ensimmäinen pokaali. Jos haluat olla mukana luomassa oululaista Formula Student -historiaa, laita vapaamuotoinen hakemus … Continue reading Kevään rekrytointi (Business Case)
Janne Kemppaisen johtaman moottori- ja voimansiirtotiimin syksyn tärkein operaatio oli saada 3D-malli uudesta moottorista. Ei muuta kuin Yamahan 690cc CP2-mylly mukaan ja autojen nokat kohti Oulunsaloa, missä saimme käyttää 3D-skanneria moottorin mallintamiseen. 3D-skannauksessa laite heijastaa kuvattavalle pinnalle lasersäteen, jolla palatessaan on omat koordinaatit sekä intensiteettiarvo, joka tarkoittaa valonsäteen takaisinheijastuvuusarvoa. Lopulta lukemattomien lasersäteiden avulla laite muodostaa … Continue reading Moottorin 3D-skannaus
"Kolmas" heittomerkeillä sillä kyseessä on jo tiimin kuudes toimintavuosi, mutta ensi vuoden kesällä valmistuu kolmas auto ja osallistumme kolmansiin virallisiin kilpailuihin! Kausi käynnistyi rekrytoinnilla, ja saimme jälleen tuplattua tiimin jäsenmäärän. Tälle kaudelle saimme myös vahvistettua merkittävästi markkinointitiimin kokoonpanoa, järjestön hallitusta ja poikkitieteellisyyttä. Formula Student Oulu ry alkaa pikkuhiljaa kirimään Tampereen ja Metropolian tiimien etumatkaa kiinni, … Continue reading “Kolmas” kausi käyntiin!
Elokuun alussa FSO lähti Eurooppaan toista kertaa edustamaan Oulua ja Suomea virallisiin kisoihin. Tällä kertaa matka suuntautui Tsekin Mostiin, missä oli mukana yli 50 tiimiä ympäri maailmaa - sattumalta myös Tampereen tiimi. Kilpailun alku sujui melkoisessa kiireessä jokaisella tiimillä, kun auto yritetään saada katsastuksesta läpi. Meille päänvaivaa aiheutti tällä kertaa erityisesti äänenvaimennin. Pikaisen pahvinpalalle mallintamisen … Continue reading Tsekin kilpailut 2018
The season 2017-2018 has started after we have completed our recruitment for this seasons team. Many old team members have left the team, including our founding member Mika Lakso. We wish you the very best! We got a lot of new eager team-members for our team and are ready to kick-off the new season. This … Continue reading The Second Term
Our road trip of 2 500 kilometers from Oulu, Finland to Assen in the Netherlands started early Saturday morning from the University of Oulu. Our plan was to drive to Uppsala in Sweden during Saturday and to continue our journey to Assen early on Sunday morning. This road trip tested our teams limits in terms … Continue reading Formula Student Netherlands 2017
Formula Student Netherlands will kick off next Monday and we are almost ready! The car is ready to go and we have driven the first meters of the FSO17. Still slight adjustments have to be made in order to ensure reliability of our racer. And of course we still have to paint the car and … Continue reading Almost Good To Go
Juho Koskela and his team have done amazing effort for our engine. Here's a short introduction to the engine of our FSO17. First about the FSAE rules and regulations. According to the FSAE-rulebook, the power unit used to power the car must be a piston engine using a four-stroke primary heat cycle with a displacement not … Continue reading The Engine
During the warm month of April, snow is soon starting to melt, days are getting brighter and warmer, and the FSO is starting to build up. The team is eager to get the car done in schedule, so that we could start our testing in the edge of the Spring in early May. So far … Continue reading Work in Progress
The first drawings and concept of the FSO17 are drawn and here's what its going to look like. Even though we are still dealing with a rough draft, the car is going to look astonishing in the purple team colour. But, a lot still needs to be done in a relatively short period of time … Continue reading Rush
With these 1:1 sized plans provided by our wonderful sponsor Juvenes Print, we have finally started to build our racer for the challenges of the 2017-season. The team achieved its goal of going international for the first time, since the team managed to get accepted to participate in the Formula Student Netherlands 2017-competition, which is held … Continue reading Going Forward
The year of 2016 will be remembered from the glorious 6th place from the Baltic Open 2016 held in Estonia, which is currently the best rank of the team so far. In addition to that, the team managed to get a lot of new crucial business relations and good publicity by being present in different … Continue reading The Starting Line of 2017
A lot has happened in the past weeks. Let's catch up a bit. First up, we got a couple of dyno days at OAMK's engine lab. The Tatech ECU was quite easy to tune up, and we pretty much optimized the torque curve. We also got confirmation that the exhaust and intake design theory worked in practice. … Continue reading Catching up
Looking for the right engine maps.
Sparewheel sponsored us with a great load of parts and consumables! Quality fluids, spark plugs, filters, chains etc. Thanks! Asoma will provide us with the fairings. The moulds are finished and will be delivered to Tampere soon. Can't wait to see how the car looks with some plastic on! The fairings will be manufactured by ABS … Continue reading Sponsor update!
Time to update the blog. Despite the summer jobs of our crew, progress hasn't stalled. Let's start from the latest and hottest news. We got the engine running! Not much until it's time to head to the track! The frame was painted with materials supplied by automaalit.net. Here are some pictures of the assembling process. Most of … Continue reading Catching up!
Uprights are done. Big thanks to our NC-reinforcements. There was some intense machining going on for a couple of days. Sponsor update: ETRA supports the project with some materials that we were missing. Thanks!
Here are some pictures of the progress again. We're going with paddle shifters on the steering wheel, which is mostly water cut from aluminium. The plastic parts are 3D-printed and the assembly feels nice and firm. We got a new important sponsor recently. Ovako is providing us with high quality steel … Continue reading Progress & new supporters
New parts are appearing at a steady pace now. Our most recent 'recruit' is a neat little CNC mill which speeds up the production nicely. Thanks to the workshop staff for letting us put it into good use! Our guys also have some skills with the manual machinery, as Janne demonstrated with the fine front wheel axle … Continue reading 16.4.
Long days and steady progress. We've got plenty of time until Baltic Open 2015, but we're trying to piece everything together as quickly as possible. The snow is melting away quickly and we're more than eager to take the car out for a drive. Lots of work to do before that though. And here's another … Continue reading Progress and another video
Here are some pictures from last friday. Work on the throttle begun. Won't be long until we have all the hardware ready for the engine. There's also a neat little TIG weld on aluminium, Mika has learned pretty quickly!
Last weekend we did a quick road trip to Helsinki and had a nice evening with the guys from Metropolia Motorsports. Got new ideas and motivation. They also gave us a set of pretty worn out tires to slap on our car while we wait for our own tires to arrive. All in all, nice trip! … Continue reading Road trip and video teaser
Here are some photos of the intake manifold components finished so far. The aluminium TIG welding went smoothly and the structure is light. The first 3D-printed component of the car is also shown here. Light, easy to manufacture and should provide a nice flow. Our new sponsor SKF also delivered us quite a load of bearings and … Continue reading Intake progress
After some intense TIG sessions, the engine team completed the exhaust manifold. It came out pretty neat. Let's see how they manage the aluminium welding at the intake manifold! We've also got some great news regarding sponsors. TATECH provided us with a great engine control unit (T38, pictured below). We pretty much have the means to get … Continue reading Exhaust manifold complete
Thanks to our great sponsors, there haven't been material related pauses in the building process. This week we got the materials for the exhaust manifold (Sah-Ko) and intake manifold (ProCater). ProCater also supplied us with a neat 4-channel temperature gauge, which will be really useful during testing and tuning! The exhaust manifold will be welded from stainless … Continue reading Boxes full of goodness
Our bike arrived. We bought a 2003 Honda CB 600F Hornet which had suffered some crash damage. It was the cheapest possible way to get a decent engine, so here we go then. We'll also salvage the brake calipers. Where did we get the money for this? SATL gave us a nice 1k€ grant last year, this is … Continue reading Bought a bike
Today we fired up a couple of lathes and started machining some parts we need. Took some pictures (click to enlarge):
Our engine problems have been solved and the frame is almost ready. The geometry has been designed to provide maximum torsional strength and safety. Of course it also complies with the FS rules and requirements. Welding work has been done by Mika & the boys with great precision. The FORM500-tubes provided by SSAB have been … Continue reading Finishing up the frame
Thanks to Sah-Ko, we got materials for our welding fixture really quickly. A 10 mm steel sheet works as a base, and the fixture is built from 3 mm sheet with a water cutter. The picture below shows the completed fixture for the front part of the framework. Due to some engine problems, we have to keep … Continue reading Let’s weld!
Lately we have been making some purchases, which is nice. We're actually starting to have a neat pile of components for our first ever Formula Student -car. Yesterday some 80 kilograms of steel tube was added to that pile, big thanks to SSAB for that! This means that the construction of our frame has begun. Stay … Continue reading Tubes!
Our december began with a roadtrip to Tampere. We visited Tampere UAS Motorsport with a group of five (a nice 980 km trip in a fully packed car). The day was really interesting, we had a good chance to get answers to some questions from an experienced team. The guys from Tampere shared good advice … Continue reading Roadtrip to Tampere
Hello world. Our framework design is locked. It means that we can start welding it as soon as we get the materials and construct a jig. Our team is spreading around Finland to work for the summer though, and that will delay the construction a bit. The remaining development work continues through the summer. Oh, … Continue reading Progress, progress…
Our front steering knuckles are taking shape. Olli did some FEM analyses simulating 1.5 g deceleration of the car, and the structure seems to be really strong. Strong enough to be optimized even further, since we don't want to have any excess material weighing the car down. Being unsprung mass, the steering knuckles need to be … Continue reading Colourful images of front steering knuckles
Here you can see the first version of the pedal box with AP-R master cylinders and a Tilton Racing balance bar. The clutch is basically needed only on launch, so it could also be operated by hand, but we'll see if we can fit it nicely in with the other pedals. The pedal box will … Continue reading First look on the pedalbox
This is a bit old news, but worth notifying. Ruukki is assisting the project, so we'll be using some quality steel for the car! We've also gotten support from the Association of Automotive Technical Societies in Finland's Antti Saarialho -fund. The grant will be used in acquiring an engine control system for the car. We're … Continue reading About resources
Renders of the new suspension design. Going with pushrods.
A Formula Student car is, unsurprisingly, really complex to design from scratch. It's essential to have an understanding of the relations of different subsystems and their effects on each other.Yesterday we had a little meeting where we summarized the current progress of the groups. Had some good comments coming from different points of view and … Continue reading Bringing the subsystems together
A couple of renderings to show the current framework design. We're constantly rethinking our solutions from the manufacturing point of view, so the design keeps evolving.
We've been quiet for a bit, but fear not, the project is going forward steadily. At this point there hasn't been much to post here yet, but we'll try to kick up the pace a bit. The guys are working hard on the suspension design at the moment, and here's one illustration of the front. … Continue reading Development catch up #1
A while ago we managed to recruit enough motivated people to form a great team! There's now 17 of us and things are moving forward. I think I'll be able to post some good stuff about the development pretty soon!
We've gotten our hands on Coventry University's 2008 car. Oulu University of Applied Sciences had it in a shipping container and they didn't have any current use for it, so they let us borrow it! Thanks! The car is missing an ECU and some minor parts, but at the moment it's great for checking if … Continue reading There’s a car already!
We finally got our blog online, and here comes the first test post! Planning of the car is already underway and the team is digging in the technical rules of the competition. The chassis is already taking shape: