College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 04:43:43


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600 461 - 012

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


This project will include the design, manufacture, and assembly of the entire brakes subsystem for the Zips Racing Electric (ZRE) 2022 car. Goals of the brakes system include a lightweight, modular, machinable, and rigid design. The project will begin in the Fall semester with the design of the pedals and rotors as well as calculations to specify master cylinders, calipers, pads, etc. Software such as SolidWorks CAD, SolidWorks FEA, and Mastercam CAM will be employed. Next, the second semester will involve manufacturing or purchasing necessary components. Prototype pedals will be manufactured for physical testing.

The project will be completed individually. However, the project lead will work cooperatively with other undergraduate and graduate students on ZRE. Funding will be provided by company sponsors as well as funds budgeted by the University of Akron. The project lead will report to the project sponsor on a monthly basis and ZRE on a weekly basis.

Research Sponsor

Dr. D. Deckler

First Reader

Mr. W. Wenzel

Second Reader

Dr. S. Farhad

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. S. Sawyer



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