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Monash Motorsport take out "Best Use of Virtual Methods to Achieve Vehicle Targets" award at Silverstone
Jul16

Monash Motorsport take out "Best Use of Virtual Methods to Achieve Vehicle Targets" award at Silverstone

We are pleased to announce that long term partners of LEAP Australia, Monash Motorsport, have achieved a very respectable fifth place overall in the 2014 Formula Student Competition at Silverstone in the UK.   Among the awards presented at the competition was one for the best use of virtual methods to achieve vehicle targets which was won by Monash Motorsport. With their advanced use of ANSYS CFD Tools for external and internal aerodynamics, as well as ANSYS Mechanical to evaluate part strength and performance before manufacture, Monash Motorsport has always placed a high emphasis on the use of computational tools as a means to achieve top results. Receiving the award was a testament to the hard work that the team members had dedicated to the project, and indicative of the value that motorsport engineers place on simulation tools.   LEAP congratulate Monash Motorsport on their successful 2014 campaign, and look forward to working together in the future. The team behind this outstanding result is currently preparing for the upcoming Formula Student Competition in Germany, for which LEAP wishes them the best of...

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Guest Post: Optimising FSAE Aerodynamics at Monash Motorsport
Jan20

Guest Post: Optimising FSAE Aerodynamics at Monash Motorsport

LEAP Australia would like to congratulate the team from Monash University for winning the 2013 Australian Formula SAE Competition. As proud supporters of the Formula SAE Competition, LEAP Australia works closely with many university FSAE teams across Australia and New Zealand, offering assistance through training and mentoring of student team-members who are applying CAE techniques to maximize the performance of their car designs. In this guest post, Monash Motorsport members Scott Wordley, Damien McArthur, Marc Russouw, Luke Phersson and Matt Corallo have kindly provided an insight into their use of ANSYS CFD software to optimise the aerodynamics of the Monash Motorsport M13 car.   Formula SAE is a worldwide engineering competition in which teams of student engineers are challenged to design, manufacture and test a formula style autocross vehicle. For teams in the Pacific region, each year culminates in the main competition where each car is judged on its design, cost and a business case presented to a panel of judges as well as its performance on track. The winner of the competition is thus the team that has achieved the most points out of the 1000 available over all static and dynamic events across the weekend. From its humble beginnings at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1980, the competition has now grown to include over 600 student teams worldwide with various instances of the competition being held across the globe in countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil, Japan and Australia. The rule set for this competition is significantly more open than those in the top tiers of modern motorsport and therefore affords the students greater freedom in the search for the vehicle concept that will have the best chance of achieving the team’s goals given their resources and personnel. The Monash University Formula SAE team’s 2013 challenger, the M13, is powered by a 450cc turbocharged single cylinder KTM engine, implements direct acting suspension connected to a tubular spaceframe chassis and also utilises a very aggressive aerodynamics package. This concept was chosen in order to maximise the number of points scored in the dynamic events at competition and hence the team’s chances of winning. The team relied heavily during the early stages of 2013 on almost a decade of experience using LEAP products to design the M13 within tough temporal constraints. In particular, the team has used the CFX Fluid Flow solver in the ANSYS suite to design the aerodynamics package consisting of both Front and Rear Wings and an Undertray. The objective of the aerodynamics section was to maximise the amount of downforce generated by the car to increase its cornering performance (an aspect...

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