College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:25:37


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

MECE 461-002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


SAE Baja, also known as Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers Baja), is a series of collegiate design competitions organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). These competitions challenge teams of students to design, build, and race off-road vehicles that can withstand rough terrain and perform in various dynamic events. The objective of this Senior Design Project is to design, manufacture, and test an adjustable driven Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) pulley to adjust the preload on the spring. This will allow easier adjustment on the CVT preload at smaller increments. This design could be used for future Zips Baja vehicles and multiple CVT tuning combinations. An adjustable CVT driven system can offer several benefits for SAE Baja applications including optimized power delivery, improved efficiency for different dynamic events, and adaptability to various driving conditions.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Kai Kwon

First Reader

Dr. Alper Buldum

Second Reader

Dr. Amir Nourhani

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

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