Formula SAE is a collegiate design series run by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), which challenges students to design, build and compete with an open wheel style car across various events. The competition pitches various teams across different static events focusing on the teams engineering design decisions, cost planning, marketing strategies and vehicle inspections. The teams also have to compete under various dynamic events like acceleration, skid-pad, autocross and the endurance run where even the fuel economy is checked.
University of Texas – Arlington (UTA) Racing FSAE team was founded in 1976 and has been consistently competing at various competitions across the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. UTA racing has been using Altair Engineering’s tools to validate and improve designs of various components of their racecar. In this case it’s the pedal box the team developed for their 2019 car.
The team used SimLab for preprocessing, Optistruct for solving and Altair HyperView™ for post processing of the result. Using SimLab, the team was able to reduce the setup time for the assembly simulation by more than half and helped them iterate multiple designs in a short amount of time.