Lighter, Better, Faster – HyperWorks in the Construction of Formula Student Cars
The Formula Student Racing Team Elbforace is the racing team of the Technical University of Dresden. The team develops, designs, and manufactures every year a racing car that competes with 270 teams from all over the world at the Formula Student competition. In the season 2010/2011, the team decided to switch from a combustion engine to an electrical powertrain concept. Due to the additional weight that the electrical concept causes, i. e. due to the use of accumulators and an AC converter, the design of the remaining components of the car had to be optimized to still reach a minimum weight for the complete vehicle. The
”With HyperWorks we have been able to compensate the additional weight brought in by the use of an electric powertrain concept. With their software solutions, seminars, tips and valuable support, Altair helped us to reach the given weight and stiffness goals for our car.”
Philipp Heitzig, Elbfloraceteam used HyperWorks for meshing, finite element analysis, and for optimization tasks. Thanks to OptiStruct the team achieved significant weight savings with the redesign of the components, including full composite parts optimization.