In the highly competitive world of the F1 in Schools science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) challenge, designing an aerodynamically efficient car is a crucial factor when it comes down to winning races. Since every car uses the same specification canister as a power unit, all cars must have the same power deployed off the starting line. Teams must work to design a car that minimizes the force of drag, thereby allowing the car to have a higher top speed down the track. It is important for students to understand the force of drag and what features can be manipulated to achieve greater car performance.
In this course, students will learn the basics of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis through the creation of computer-aided design (CAD) geometry, running CFD simulations, optimization studies, and model comparisons. These simulations can be used to explore initial design concepts, analyze current models, and understand aerodynamic characteristics unique to their model. This course will give students the knowledge required to run CFD studies that will help guide aerodynamics design choices as they design and build their model cars for the competition. To get full software access for your team, apply for partnership here
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