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Day 1 - 13/11 Workshops (English Language)

Moderator

David Wood
Senior consultant
David Wood & Associates
UK

10:30

Adjustable twin-tube damper physical model

Miguel Fernandes Ferreira
Lecturer
Oxford Brookes University
UK
The ever-present need for a high-fidelity, easily identifiable and tunable model suitable for vehicle dynamics simulations motivated the development of an improved damper model. The model is capable of representing the behavior of a modern twin-tube damper under different regimes, and allows for virtual tuning of parameters directly related to the physical parameters of the damper. This presentation will also cover the characterization and parameters identification routines developed alongside the model.

11:30 - 12:00

Break

12:00

The damper workbook – live: how to get started with dampers

Danny Nowlan
Director
ChassisSim Technologies
AUSTRALIA
One of the most critical areas of race car performance is damping, yet it is a discipline shrouded in mystery. In this presentation you will be taken through the basic equations of what makes dampers work, then you’ll be given a live demo of applying this to a race car.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00

Multi-physics MF-based simulation platform for temperature, grip and wear prediction

Prof Aleksander Sakhnevych
CTO and co-founder/assistant professor in applied mechanics and vehicle dynamics
MegaRide/University of Naples Federico II
ITALY
The physical modeling of tire-road interaction phenomena, approached in a multi-physics MF-based simulation platform, allows the prediction and reproduction of local distribution of tire temperature, tread wear and adherence within the contact patch, also accounting for road texture roughness and tread compound characteristics. Such a tool, comprising thermoRIDE/adheRIDE models, was awarded Tire Technology of the Year in 2018 and Vehicle Dynamics Tool of the Year in 2019. It has been implemented profitably in off-line and online vehicle dynamics simulations.

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30

How Formula 1 aerodynamics can help an extreme track day car

Willem Toet
Aerodynamics specialist/senior manager aerodynamic services
Sauber Aerodynamics AG
SWITZERLAND
Professor Willem Toet will talk about the power and fun of playing with aerodynamics. He will touch on how F1 teams use development tools including the wind tunnel, CFD and track tests. Then he will talk about some of the tricks used in F1 to maximize performance and relate how these concepts may be applied to other types of vehicle, including road cars. Why is it so difficult to overtake in F1? Willem will explain.

Day 2 - 14/11 Workshops (English Language)

Moderator

David Wood
Senior consultant
David Wood & Associates
UK

10:30

A battery electric vehicle racing in extreme environments

Glen Pascoe
Principal engineer
Williams Advanced Engineering
UK
Williams Advanced Engineering joined the Extreme E fold in May 2019, as designer and supplier of the battery tech that will power the championship when it sets off on its maiden voyage in early 2021. The company has a wealth of experience and expertise, having built the batteries throughout the first four seasons of the Formula E Championship. New cells are designed to cope with all the rigors of Extreme E’s five formidable environments – from the Arctic to the Sahara Desert.

11:00

Racing to the future – designing EV race cars

Angus Lyon
Director
Rockfort Engineering Ltd
UK
With over 20 years' experience in electric vehicle design and 10 years in electric race car design, Angus Lyon will provide an insight into the EV drivetrain systems employed in Formula E, Formula 1 and electric prototype race cars. His talk will cover the technologies and powertrain architectures used, as well as the considerations and requirements that must be met when delivering motorsport EV powertrain, control and battery systems.

11:30 - 12:00

Break

12:00

Increasing the power density of an e-motor

Arnaud Martin
Chief engineer - motorsport
Integral Powertrain Ltd
UK
The presentation will discuss the basic considerations needed to enable gains in electric motor power density. We will look at technical aspects of an electrical motor, its design, architecture and manufacture. All this to maximize performance and efficiency in motorsport.

12:30

Electric single-seater design and build

Terence Goad
Director
Performance Projects
UK
This presentation will discuss how an electric single-seater car was designed, built and delivered within two months.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00

Advances in battery technology – smart cells

Paul Freeland
Principal engineer
Cosworth
UK
The heaviest and most costly component in electrified drive systems tends to be the traction battery, and as the ever-increasing drive toward the electrification of automotive powertrains spills into the motorsport arenas, so the need to develop high-performing, lightweight and robust battery systems becomes more prevalent. With the ability to monitor and control battery cells in much more detail, smart-cell technology offers the potential to manage the health, safety and aging aspects of battery cells a lot more closely, and thereby provides the chance to reduce the overhead capacity requirement. It also removes a lot of the internal wiring and connections required by conventional battery management systems. This presentation outlines a recent project to examine the benefits of smart-cell technology, and how these might apply to motorsport applications.

14:30

From click to performance – damper dynamics and static damper graphs

Jonas Jarlmark Näfver
Manager vehicle dynamics
Öhlins Racing AB
SWEDEN
A large number of engineers with race teams and manufacturers use the static damper graph as their sole information when adjusting dampers. In a steady-state situation, this is a reasonable approach. The only problem is that the life of a damper is highly dynamic, and the actual response can be far off from the static graph used for making decisions. This workshop will discuss the physics of how the static and dynamic response of the damper can affect the performance of the vehicle. The discussion will introduce the balancing required between opposing needs and competing traits when trying to improve the overall performance of the vehicle for a specific track, driver and session.

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30

From valve to wheel – racing engine and vehicle development

Julien Faedda
Commercial director
Rotronics
FRANCE
In a world where 1/100 of a second is the difference between the winner and the looser, any improvement in the racing car or bike will increase your competitiveness. Rotronics was born to solve 500cc two-stroke bike development, engine dyno and chassis dyno problems. Based on the company's 30 years' experience, it offers a wide range of tools to help clients boost their performance. From valve to wheel, Rotronics offers valvetrain, flow bench, engine and vehicle testbeds. Products include a standard roller dyno 4WD synchronized up to 400km/h, and a smart hub-dyno concept where users can run 4WD synchronized or control each wheel speed independently. Therefore, the transmission strategy is also balanced. Speed offset could be applied between front/rear/left/right.

16:00

An aerodynamic masterclass

Willem Toet
Aerodynamics specialist/senior manager aerodynamic services
Sauber Aerodynamics AG
SWITZERLAND
With fun examples, Willem will explain the main concepts behind aerodynamics. He will try to give you a mental picture of what happens with the molecules of air as they move around objects to 'feel' what the Bernoulli equations calculate. He will explain how motorsport diffusers work and how creating vorticity (flow rotation) is used to bring higher-energy air into contact with surfaces that otherwise would have low performance. Then he will touch on how to create working cooling ducts and multi-element wings. This talk assumes a good engineering brain but no specific prior knowledge of aerodynamics.

Day 3 - 15/11 Workshops (English Language)

Moderator

David Wood
Senior consultant
David Wood & Associates
UK

10:30

Aerodynamic mapping and optimization of race cars

Wouter Remmerie
Founder
AirShaper
BELGIUM
In this presentation we will cover examples and tools to optimize the aerodynamic performance of race cars. For example: Porsche GT4 20 seconds faster on the Nürbürgring – how aerodynamics can move a car into a different league. Smaller race teams can cut costs by using publicly available 3D models for aerodynamic analysis to analyze and optimize their cars, as well as aero-mapping race cars using simulations. There will also be an explanation of how to use simulations to build aero maps to generate the data needed for car setup per circuit, per race.

11:00

Cylinder pressure measurement (CPM) technology in Cosworth next-generation ECUs

Tom Roberts
Senior applications engineer
Cosworth
UK
This presentation explores the application of in-cylinder pressure measurement and dives into the benefits of this technology. Included is a look at the latest ECU offering from Cosworth, which incorporates cylinder pressure measurement and a look to future capabilities.

11:30 - 12:00

Break

12:00

Winning formula for running a student team in the Mazda MX5 Cup

Ton Serné
Performance engineer
SernéCM
NETHERLANDS
A team of six students on the Minor Motorsport Engineering course at Fontys University in Eindhoven ran a Mazda MX5 Cup car during the 2019 season in the Benelux. This presentation shows what the team members learned during the season and how they were able to set up the car so that it became a top runner in this highly competitive cup class. The key elements of their success will be highlighted: organization, dedication and motivation, and a thorough focus on technology including tire management, data acquisition, aerodynamics, and excellent maintenance and preparation.

12:30

Race engineering – why you are blind if you don't use simulation

Danny Nowlan
Director
ChassisSim Technologies
AUSTRALIA
When running a car it is often tempting to overlook simulation in your rush to get the car out, or when you are trying to race engineer it and the pressure is on. However, the 2019 running of the 24 hours of LeMans is a very striking example of why simulation needs to be at the core of what you do. A case study will be presented that utilized a number of the ChassisSim simulation toolboxes that were used to race engineer an LMP2 car.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00

Recycled plastics in the circular economy meet high-performance engineering

Niall Johanson
Automotive lead
Charpak Ltd
UK
This talk illustrates the value of putting in place localized circular economies for recycling thermoformed plastic packaging, and the subsequent unique benefits produced in reduced costs, increased efficiency and greatly improved end-product reliability. This presentation will have particular relevance to engineers involved in power electronics, traction battery pack production, and other fragile or critical components especially when using robotized manipulation. The presentation includes practical case studies to show the potential gains. As motorsport manufacturers increase production volumes to supply other sectors, innovative process control is an essential, but often overlooked aspect.
Please note: this conference program may be subject to change

Future show: Professional MotorSport World Expo, November 11, 12, 13, 2020, Hall 10.1, Cologne, Germany (provisional)