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Application of FEA Techniques to a Hybrid Racing Car Chassis Design
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published November 13, 2000 by SAE International in United States
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The Formula SAE and Formula Student competitions, held every year in the USA and UK, challenge teams of engineering students to design and build a small single-seater racing car. The University of Leeds has entered teams into these competitions for the past four years and has developed an award winning hybrid monocoque chassis design. The design enables a light, stiff and extremely safe chassis to be produced at a reasonable manufacturing cost.
A chassis which is torsionally stiff enables a desirable roll moment distribution to be achieved for good handling balance. A chassis which can absorb high energy impacts whilst controlling the rate of deceleration will increase the likelihood of drivers surviving a crash without injury.
This paper describes how Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques have been used to investigate both the torsional stiffness and crashworthiness of the chassis and how physical materials testing has been used to ensure the results are accurate.
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- Elliot Brinkworth - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- Daniel Jaggard - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- Martin Royds-Jones - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- Blake Siegler - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- David Barton - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- Andrew Deakin - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
- Adam Heppell - The School of Mech. Eng., The University of Leeds, UK
CitationBrinkworth, E., Jaggard, D., Royds-Jones, M., Siegler, B. et al., "Application of FEA Techniques to a Hybrid Racing Car Chassis Design," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-3538, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-3538.
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