Formula Student is a contest in which university students construct a single-seat formula racing car. It’s not the fastest car that wins, however, but rather the team that racks up the highest overall score across a range of categories: design, financial planning, and sales strategy. MSC Software has provided support to various teams with its simulation software solution. One of these is the ‘Fast Forest Team’ from Deggendorf. Team Fast Forest used Adams multi-body simulation software to study tires and chassis and construct a vehicle for entry in the Formula Student competition. Breaking conventional car design, the team will focus on electric vehicles.Team Fast Forest is made up of nearly 70 students from various fields of study. Members are divided into various groups focusing on production, management, and batteries, in order to make the project as successful as possible. The team’s greatest achievement to date came when they placed 9th in the Formula Student competition held at the Hockenheimring.
In designing and building their car, the students made use of Adams multi-body simulator to help them develop the best chassis possible as well as simulate mechanical systems and analyze three-dimensional motion dynamics. Vehicles designed for Formula Student can reach speeds between 80 and 100 km/h on straightaways. Tire behavior and complex road profiles can also be studied using multi-body simulation in order to save on time and expenses. Team Fast Forest used Adams to integrate elastic components via flexible bodies and takes into consideration friction as well as complex contact interactions.
“We appreciate what our sponsors have done for us. Without their help, we’d never be able to get the project off the ground. And the contacts we make with the sponsors are also helpful in finding internships and in getting started in a career,” says the team.
With Adams Car, FSAE teams can quickly build and test their functional virtual prototypes of complete vehicles and vehicle subsystems. FSAE engineering teams can exercise their vehicle designs under various road conditions, performing the same tests they normally run in a test lab or on a test track, but in a fraction of the time.