Aeronautical & Automotive
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Design and testing of an active front wing for an open wheel race car. The project aims to improve airflow around the front of the car whilst travelling on a straight course, and aid in braking, by creating more drag as the driver approaches a corner.
In 2017, 76% of all goods were transported by HGV's. The aerodynamics will be improved by modelling and testing multiple aerodynamic features, followed by combining the features onto an optimum model. The effectiveness of each feature will be recorded by calculating the reduction in the coefficient of drag.
The effect of carbon blacking on the fluidity and integrity of A356 Aluminium, within a sand casting foundry. An analysis and investigation of the optimum carbon coating quantity to be used including other alternative refractory coatings.
Spitfires were made iconic through their pivotal role during world war two. However, did you know some had clipped wings? Using modern techniques, the aerodynamic performance of both the clipped and more iconic elliptical variants of the wing were analysed; determining the design choices made at the time.
What does a study into intake design mean? Studying the flows inside the intake, in this case the airbox on a Formula 1 sidecar. The principle is to understand and improve the flow within the intake with the expectation of increasing engine performance.
Studies were based around the aerodynamic design for Staffordshire University's formula student space framed vehicle. Using computer aided design and computational fluid dynamic software, designs have been produced and analysed to generate downforce for the front end, whilst trying to keep drag at a minimal.
The project is about the aerodynamic performance of a blended wing body. It looks into the lift produced at different angles of attack and the amount of lift produced when the aircraft is at 0 degrees angle of attack but the speed is being changed.
Model..Simulate...Print...Test...Evaluate?! By examining aerofoil structures and manipulating them for the best flight conditions, this project combines a various amount of engineering skills. Starting off with the basic CAD modelling, this project also incorporates features of three dimensional printing alongside subsonic wind tunnel testing.
The design, production and test of an aluminium baffled sump for the Formula student single seater race car.
This project is analysing existing aircraft flaps, which are going to be used to improve the efficiency, in-terms of lift and drag, by using a combination of these flaps.
To design and develop a drivetrain system on a formula student race car based on performance expectations to optimise reliability and performance.
My project is about how to prepare a formula student driver for the 2018 Formula student event at Silverstone. The project explains what prepares a racing driver for an event. A test was carried out with a formula student driver, to prove what a difference preparing a racing driver makes.
This project is to help explain the differences between the Formula 1 seasons of 2016 and 2017. There were big rules changes between the two seasons which lead to much faster lap times. The different areas of the two seasons cars are looked at to see the differences.
The Flight Mechanical Suit (FMS) is a lower limbed powered exoskeleton with a wing back assembly. The Exoskeleton acts as a fuselage with the wing allowing for horizontal flight. The FMS achieves flight with 6 micro turbine engines producing enough thrust for a vertical take-off, hovering and landing.
To test the effects of aerodynamic modification, attempt to improve downforce and reduce drag, and determine what these results mean in a real-world application.
Due to evolving stringent emission restrictions being applied to the current automotive industry, technologies that could help improve energy efficiency or reduce emissions are being investigated and developed. The investigation comprises identifying and comparing the key differences against conventional SI and CI engines.
An investigation into the turbulent flow coming off the joining region of an aileron where it meets the main wing of the aircraft to analyse the amounts of induced drag created at different degrees of deflection.
Light aircraft, such as the Cessna 172, aren’t equipped with a flight data recorder as it is too costly and heavy for the aircraft. Therefore, by using the technical features of their smartphone, pilots would be allowed to place their devices within the cockpit, to record flight data through an app.
A performance advantage within a motorsport environment can be the difference between winning and losing. Maximising the performance of the engine is fundamental for any race car’s success. Optimisation of the Formula Staffs engine within a virtual domain has reduced development time and costs, whilst meeting strict competition regulations.
Drones are used by many people to record and snap photographs using their aerial advantage, however human error causes unstable and imperfect recordings. This project involves using Bluetooth tracking to enable the drone to autonomously follow and record without the fault of human control; creating crisp, clean footage.
Older vehicles are generally getting scrapped for more modern vehicles with more performance. The project was aimed at improving older vehicles' performance by retrofitting forced induction, showing the processes involved and the final outcome, discussing if this was successful or not.
Research into current rules and regulations on pilot fatigue levels. Testing the effects of fatigue on pilots using a flight simulator and comparing results against non-fatigued pilots. Designing a new fatigue detection system to warn pilots.
This project creates a common internal combustion engine in Ricardo WAVE and runs it on a fuel that consists of a blend of hydrogen and petrol to compare the results to a generic petrol engine and other alternative fuel types.
The conceptual design of a supersonic, long-range business jet describes conditions and phenomena occurring above Mach 1.0., but also the difference between subsonic regime and aircraft conceptual design made in PTC Creo. Indeed, technological progress since the era of Concorde allows us to think about re-designing a new supersonic passenger aircraft.
My project is based on the effects that aerodynamics has to a standard road car. A model of a road car was tested within a wind tunnel software then additional aerodynamic body work was applied to see what happened to the coefficient of drag.
Heavy duty diesel engines are used all over the world, in construction and mining. This project uses CFD to create a performance envelope for extremes of ambient conditions.