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November 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our Newsletter!

This is the sixth of a series of newsletters from Formula Racing at UC Davis. You are receiving this newsletter because you are essential to the success of the team, and we want to keep you updated as to what we are doing! Throughout the newsletters, we will highlight sponsor contributions and provide updates from the previous month. If you are not interested in receiving further emails, feel free to unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

New Member Recruitment!

This is the flyer we created for our new member recruitment earlier in the quarter.

FRUCD Spotlights

Team Progress

Given the COVID-19 situation, our team has transitioned to a completely remote environment, taking full advantage of virtual resources to stay connected and productive. The FSAE competition has been confirmed to be virtual this upcoming Spring, with a possibility of a limited in-person event (TBD up to 60 days prior to competition). As a team, we have decided to take advantage of this odd year by diving into R&D for parts we previously never got the time to develop. Our biggest projects this year are the following:
  • Replace the steel tube chassis with a carbon fiber composite monocoque
  • Iterate on the previous year’s powertrain design with an emphasis on system-level optimization
  • Implement cylindrical cells instead of pouch cells in the accumulator battery pack
ANSYS ACP Monocoque Torsional Stiffness Simulation
Tire Surface Model
Top: Simulation of vehicle aerodynamics in steady state cornering, using a rotating reference frame. Left: successful implementation of the overset mesher which can rotate geometry without remeshing and simulate motion for transient sims. Right: simulation of what would happen running at 100% with only 90% efficiency.
Top: Varying Locations for inboard and outboard suspension pickups from the Kinematic Model. Bottom: Suspension Rear Axle in CAD, Suspension Front Axle being simulated in Multi-Body Model.
Wheel Package Front Assembly and Upright/Camber Block FEA
Top: Latches Schematic on the PEI Board. Left: Telemetry Host Model. Right: Vehicle Control Unit Layout
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