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Rachel Liddiard - Engine Management and Tuning

Mechanical Engineering (BEng)

Email: rkliddiard100@gmail.com
Phone: +44(0)7759 121 001
Industrial Placement:
Cadbury Kraft Foods

Rachel Liddiard
Major Project

Formula Student was my choice for my final year project as it is a highly regarded engineering competition.  The role of engine management and tuning was selected as it was the most technically challenging and an extremely integral part of the project. 

This year’s engine is a Honda CBR600rr which I selected by comparing three engines using a decision matrix, using robust technical data to select the most suitable engine. I have successfully tuned the engine using a dynamometer and mapping software to gain the best performance out of it, while learning constantly throughout this process. It has been a demanding but extremely rewarding project that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Second Project
Alongside the engine tuning I also designed an engine cradle for the Formula Student car. I thought about many criteria when designing it including strength, accessibility and location. It is designed to release the engine vertically, for easy removal, using a split clamp design. It is also embedded within the rear chassis which plays to the strengths of the carbon fibre monocoque.
Rachel Liddiard Diagram

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