Wilde FEA Ltd is proud to be an official sponsor to the Imperial Racing Green team from Imperial College London. “When we were approached by Imperial College to be a sponsor by providing ANSYS training and technical support we had no hesitation in saying yes. Wilde has nearly 30 years of experience in using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and related software within a commercial context. I firmly believe the training and support we provided will help the students produce high quality results, which hopefully will contribute towards that all important competitive advantage”, comments John Dennis, Technical Director, Wilde FEA Ltd.
As well as competing in the Formula Zero championships, Imperial Racing Green is developing a track car sized vehicle for the new low carbon category (Class 1a) of the IMechE’s Formula Student competition, where it will race against incumbent and other low carbon technologies on a level playing field. Their aim is for their Formula Student entry to be the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell racing car.
Two students who completed Wilde’s two-day ANSYS training course were Christian Liddiard and Mark Cordner.
Christian Liddiard is undertaking the 3rd year of a 4-year Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is the Team Leader of the Suspension Optimisation Group within the Imperial Racing Green team.
“I have learnt a great deal, but not just on the academic side”, Liddiard explains. “You have to read around the subject and speak to people for their help and advice. The ANSYS training received from Wilde has been invaluable; I have used the knowledge gained to focus on stress analysis and structural integrity. My group is often dealing with complex geometries and loading conditions and using ANSYS has helped to analyse structures and provide valuable input to the design process”.
Mark Cordner is the Fuel Cell Co-ordinator and in his last year of a 4 year Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
“I found the training delivered by Wilde very beneficial. It was clearly explained and demonstrated through the use of ANSYS software that more accurate and detailed results than is possible with manual calculations can be achieved. The FEA method also provides powerful graphical representation of the overall stress and displacement distributions throughout the structure being analysed. As a result of the training we received from Wilde, we no longer produce over conservative results. Instead we produce realistic data which has consequently resulted in lighter cars being produced”, Cordner commented.
“Wilde are keenly watching the progress of the Imperial Racing Green team and wish them every success for the future season”, said John Dennis. If you would like to keep abreast of Imperial Racing Green progress please visit www.imperial.ac.uk/racinggreen . Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about the range of FEA and CFD software, training and consulting services offered by Wilde, speak to John Dennis on 0161 474 7479 or e-mail email@example.com
Date: March 30, 2009