Term of Award

Winter 2014

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

Aniruddha Mitra

Committee Member 1

Shoawen Xu

Committee Member 2

Santanu Majumdar


The importance of standardized courses for testing Georgia Southern University’s Formula SAE (FSAE) vehicle is emphasized in order to reproduce test results and analyze trends within data. The test courses are clearly defined so that future Eagle Motorsports (EMS) participants can replicate testing conditions to track progress from year to year as well as validate simulations and design models. A data acquisition system (DAQ) was installed on the FSAE car for the first time. This paper serves as an introduction to the purpose of acquiring data, an explanation of the hardware available and components chosen to implement DAQ on Georgia Southern’s FSAE car. Mathematical validation is presented to complement the data acquired from the DAQ and the results from testing are evaluated. This data may be used to validate simulations, models, or evaluate changes in vehicle behavior during the tuning process.