Using Computer Aided Design to Improve the Safety, Performance, and Environmental Impact for a Small Combustion Vehicle
The Formula SAE group at the University of Minnesota is currently investigating multiple approaches for improving the efficiency and safety of a small internal combustion powered vehicle. Using CAE tools to create and improve existing models that the group has the group will investigate various methods for which the target goal can be achieved. Primary efforts will focus on three main areas; improving fuel efficiency of a small internal combustion engine; utilizing lightweight composites to increase safety and reduce weight from the vehicle chassis; reducing aerodynamic drag and improve ducting for more efficient cooling. These efforts require the use of advanced software simulation provided by the likes of Ricardo (WAVE), ANSYS (Fluent and CFX), and Altair (Hyperworks).
A bibliography of this group’s publications is attached.
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