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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 24th, 08, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chevy Engine Senior Project

I've been a chevy fan since I was 15 years old. Rebuilt a couple 1st gen camaros and played with nothing but V8 chevy motors both rat and mouse. I'm coming up into my last semester at college for electrical engineering and been talking with some people in the ME program on some kind of project that would be fun and worth doing and the love of motors came up. The project would have to include some kind of fuel injection setup along with a mechanical invention or modifcation to a chevy V8 engine. Thought of no better place to grab some ideas then this great forum. Any ideas would be great. Thanks...
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How about variable valve timing and/or Aftive Fuel Managment (cylinder decativation) retrofit for the GENI SBC?


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How about weight reduction and efficency projects?
Eliminating something heavy from the engine - like the starter equipment and then using a processor to locate the cylinder at TDC, charging with fuel and firing that cylinder first to start the engine, would allow increased efficency and eliminate weight ...
Might not be patentable/licensable, but would be a good EE/ME project.

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Someone on here made a one off comment about utilizing a solenoid based system to open and close the valves, eliminating the cam/lifter/rocker. I thought that was an interesting idea.
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I don’t have a fuel injection recommendation, but there are other related EE projects that could go with it. For example, you may need a data acquisition system to monitor fuel pressure, fuel consumption, RPM, motor temp, etc. All the information could be stored in a data logger or a laptop.

Here are some EE/ME projects:

- Digital dash (digital speedo, tach, oil pressure, water temp, etc.)
- Can muscle cars be fitted with air bags? (Side impact air bags in the seat.) This may not be feasible, but it could be a fun project.
- Racing helmet that ‘speaks’ engine parameters as you race.
- Racing helmet that displays engine parameters on the upper part of the visor.

These may exist in one form or another, but you may put your own spin on it.
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What limitation is does your school impose on senior design projects? Are you allowed to do something as a project that you can already buy off the shelf retail?


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Man I knew I would get some great ideas from everyone. Going to have a talk with the head of the EE department to get the limits on what we can do. So far after talking with people currently doing the project it needs to have some kind of marketing potenal so they can include that aspect into our field of study at school. As with all aspects of cars and engines $$ will be a bottle neck on how far we can go with this so currently available parts will be a major player. Will get more info...
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Someone on here made a one off comment about utilizing a solenoid based system to open and close the valves, eliminating the cam/lifter/rocker. I thought that was an interesting idea.
I had that idea several years ago. You could have the best of both worlds with that set up. Imagine being able to have short duration at low speeds and longer duration at high RPM?

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