Project Title

Mini Baja Frame Analysis


College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-10 16:20:13


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


The purpose of our senior design project is to optimize the Baja frame to reduce its weight and material cost while keeping the required rigidity. Through force analysis we will be able to determine if any rigidity is lost by removing a set of tubes (figure 1), along with the other forces seen by the frame. If it is found that the frame rigidity is still within the determined factor of safety, 2, then we will be able to reduce the frame weight and the number of tubes that make up the frame. Along with force analysis, we will use finite elemental analysis to manipulate dimensions and material to possibly reduce weight and cost.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christopher Daniels

First Reader

Dave McVaney

Second Reader

Steve Gerbetz

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christopher Daniels



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