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Students Collaborate to Design Race Car Professional Driver Test Drives Student-Built F-1 Car Designed with MSC Software By Leslie Bodnar, MSC Software

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he Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) sponsored students from 26 universities in the design of a Formula One race car with the help of MSC Software’s simulation technology. The car has been test driven in a series of time trials at the Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah. The PACE program is a partnership between academic institutions and the industry which allows students from all over the world to collaborate on projects. The design of the F-1 race car itself involved 26 schools, spanning 19 time zones, and included the hard work of over 500 students. The entire design, engineering, and production process took over 4 years to complete. The purpose of using simulation software was to help save time with the design process as well as to minimize cost. The multibody dynamics capabilities of MSC Software’s Adams were highly instrumental in designing the car’s rear and front suspension system. Adams was also used for the design of the car’s steering linkage system. In addition to Adams, MSC Nastran

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The multibody dynamic simulation capabilities of Adams was highly instrumental in designing the car’s rear and front suspension system. was used to analyze and simulate the car’s structural integrity to ensure that the finished product would meet design requirements. To test the car’s performance, the students took it to the track where it was physically testing under a series of laps by a professional driver. The professional driver was able to reach a top speed of 109 MPH on a 1300 ft straightaway and was able to complete 8 laps at an average speed of over 100 MPH. The team of students will continue to make adjustments to the race car and test again until the design meets performance expectations. With the help of simulation technology, they were able to gain insights during the design process that they would otherwise not have been able to had they relied on physical testing alone. For additional information about Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE), services, please visit: www.pacepartners.org u

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Simulating Reality  

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