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Team HARE 19 take Silverstone by storm.

(Last modified: August 6th, 2019)

The FSUK competition at Silverstone over the weekend of July 19th -21st saw Team HARE-19 achieve their highest results in  20 years of competing in the annual IMechE competition.

Over 80 teams met to compete in the static and dynamic events over the course of the 3-day event.

The results obtained by the team were enough to place them 5th overall in the competition and be awarded 2nd place for the ‘British Team’ award out of over 80 teams that competed!

Team HARE 19’s Silverstone results and accolades.

Team HARE 19, and metals4U, are highly proud of the team achievements from the initial planning, design, and build phase right through to the static and dynamic events at Silverstone.The overall finishing position and points tally are the highest ever recorded by Team HARE since they started their Formula Student journey right back in 1999 which has led them to earn the coveted ‘Breakthrough Award’; this is presented to the team that has shown the highest level of improvement building on the previous year’s results. HARE-19 scored an incredible 604.9 total points this year compared to last year’s 21-point total; this is something they, and we, are immensely proud of.

Scrutineering complete

This year was a monumental undertaking by the team; a complete design overhaul coupled with an entirely new team has made this project the hardest, but most rewarding, project they as individuals have ever undertaken.

Team HARE 19 said they were delighted to have designed a car that is truly competitive against teams that have astronomical resources as their disposal. This bodes well for next year’s team who will refine, improve, and optimise the HARE-19 car and hopefully improve even further.

Getting ready for action!

Although the buzz from the Silverstone event is behind the team, there is no time for a rest just yet- the 2019 Formula Student season continues for Team HARE 19 as they compete at the Autodrom Most track as part of the ‘Formula Student Czech Republic’ events scheduled to take place between the 12th and 17th August. We will of course keep you posted about the team’s performance in Czechia (formally known as the Czech Republic) and hope you will join with us in wishing them all the very best of luck!

The regional trends behind metal theft

(Last modified: August 6th, 2019)

New research conducted by metals4U uncovered some of the key trends and stats relating to the issue of metal theft across England and Wales.

The study showed that 16,552 incidents of metal theft were recorded across England and Wales in 2018, up 25% on the previous year’s figure.

Five sub-regions experienced increases of more than 100%, including Dorset, which has seen metal theft soar by a whopping 287% between 2017 and 2018.

As part of the campaign, metals4U examined the trends behind metal theft on a broader geographical level, while revealing how trends have reversed over the course of the last five years.

The introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act in 2013 enforced a ban on cash sales and required dealers to obtain licences.

This helped bring about a decline in metal thefts, though this has been followed during the last two years by a worrying increase.

Between 2014 and 2015, every region in England saw incidents of metal theft decrease, as well as in Wales, which enjoyed a 45% drop.

That decline continued the following year, with the East of England, London and the South West all seeing drops of more than 50%.

But the pace of improvement slowed significantly between 2016 and 2017 as many of the regions saw their figures start to level out.

While Yorkshire and the Humber saw a drop of 41%, and London enjoyed a decrease of 59%, other regions, like the North East (-4%) and the East of England (-5%), saw the number of recorded incidents stabilise.

Fast-forward 12 months and several regions have seen overall increases for the first time in five years.

The North East (16%), Yorkshire and the Humber (51%), East Midlands (41%), West Midlands (36%), East of England (26%), South East (19%) and South West (69%) all saw rises.

Just three regions saw figures drop between 2017 and 2018 – North West (-3%), Wales (-5%) and London (-21%).

It is these trends that are the basis behind metals4U founder Paul McFadyen’s calls for the government to work harder to enforce the Scrap Metal Dealers Act that had been so effective following its launch.

He said: “The Scrap Metal Dealers Act introduced six years ago did have an immediate impact on tackling the issue, and saw figures plummet, but the recent spike is perhaps a reflection that its effectiveness is diminishing.

“Every year, metal theft causes misery to thousands of individuals, who see vital train services cancelled, and to business owners, whose livelihoods are being threatened by forced closures or expensive repair-work.

“So, we’re calling on the government to allocate more resources to tackling the issue on a regional level, and we’re encouraging members of the public to do their bit by following Network Rail’s advice and reporting all suspicious behaviour.”

 

 

 

 

metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019 – Catch-up with Cameron Lings

(Last modified: July 3rd, 2019)

 

metals4U sculptor winner 2019 Cameron Lings

Cameron with his trophy at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Close up of the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last three years, metals4U have proudly sponsored Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd June, Brian’s course was in full swing. Our Student Sculptors Competition 2019 winner, Cameron Lings, was there with other aspiring sculptors as part of his prize.

Cameron’s sculpture titled, ‘Turbine’, caught the attention of the judges to win first prize;

metals4U student Sculptor cameron Lings Turbine

‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

metals4U student Sculptor cameron Lings Turbine

‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but when we met him at the course to award him with his trophy we discovered that Cameron had in fact entered our Student Sculptors Competition in 2018, ‘Impurity’ (pictured below)  was not successful in winning first prize last year…

metals4u student sculptor Cameron Lings

‘Impurity’
(c) Cameron Lings 2018

…We are so glad that he entered again as this proves that determination and tenacity can win through if you have the talent.

‘Cell’ (below) is the piece Cameron completed at the Midsummer Sculpture Course;

metals4U winner Cameron Lings Cell

‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

“The sculpture depicts how engineered objects can house or reserve energy that can hold future potential. Here, energy appears free flowing, yet reserved to its origin within the cube, which is balanced on a segment of a sphere. This directly allows us to witness how an atmosphere and geographical location can be influenced by the introduction of man-made power – to benefit the existence and lifestyles of those around it.  You can also relate this to how human potential can be beckoned from within the ‘average’ person, acting as an idea, thought or creative expression, waiting to be released into the world.” [Cameron Lings, 2019]

metals4U winner Cameron Lings Cell

‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

We caught up with Cameron to find out more about his journey with his art studies so far, where he would like his career to take him, and asked him to reflect on his experience of winning the prestigious award.

What, or who, first made you interested in art? Where does your inspiration come from?

Art has forever amused me, as I found it was something I could always turn to when I was bored. Drawing, model-making and painting have always been topics I have thrived at. When deciding what I wanted from my career, originally engineering was my go-to option. I hoped it would fill the gap that opened when my studies temporarily stopped in the arts- this wasn’t the case. I soon went to North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe, where my intentions and aspirations changed completely; studying a Foundation in Art and Design and an A-level in English Literature and Language, this set me up for University in Teesside, at the soon-to-be MIMA School of Art.

 A relative of mine has always worked as an Illustrator. This was something my childhood-self initially inspired to be, I was in awe of the idea of drawing and painting for a living – and I still am! However, it wasn’t until I was mid-way through my college studies that I realised illustration just wasn’t for me; instead, I focused on working in 3D, I found that the challenges sculpture offered me were sufficiently more satisfying. It surfaced that sculpture consists of not only structural building, but design and execution, a unique set of challenges that excited me. After meeting and working alongside accomplished sculptor – Ian Randall – I realised I had a long-term target to aim for. I learned that a combination of hard work, determination and skill, would hopefully result in my long-term success within the world of contemporary art. That is what I am aiming for today.

Until you attended Brian Fells’ sculpture course, what was you level of working with metal and what led to an interest in using it within your work?

I have become somewhat familiar in working with metal for around 18 months. Working with the sculptor, Ian Randall, has widened my knowledge vastly around working with metal, wood and stone. I hope in the future I can design and build large scale public works, predominantly using metal as a preferred medium, mainly due to its sustainability.

metals4U winner Cameron Lings

Cameron working at Brian Fell’s metal course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

metals4U student sculptors competition 2019 Cameron Lings

‘Cell’ in progress

 

How would you define your work to date, including your preferred mediums, style, techniques etc?

My work is a vast combination of mediums, styles and themes. I don’t like to narrow down my options, so I aim to always work progressively in several material choices. Ceramics, Woodwork, Metalwork and Plastics are used throughout my practice. Regarding my newer work however, I have tended to explore abstraction and environmental-based works. Previously my works were heavily figurative based, that was work I felt ‘safe’ doing. It is only recently I have further distanced myself from literal examples of imagery, instead I aim to portray human and environmental behaviour through the means of, otherwise unrecognisable, shape and form.

What you did on Brian’s course, what was good, what you wish had have been different, things you learned or perfected, and new ideas or skills you were introduced to?

Regarding the experience, I cannot fault any part of it. The creative freedom it provided me with is something I’ve been craving, and I’m highly grateful for being granted the opportunity. As I’ve mentioned, I have been introduced to metalworking before, however I was still able to pick up pointers and helpful guidance tips from the experts, these will aid me throughout my future. I was also able to learn a lot from the other artists on the course, everyone had their own styles, techniques and aims of what they wanted to achieve; this reflection help put my work into an enlightening perspective.

Where to now? Where do you see your future route taking you- how do you hope your future will shape and develop?

I still have at least another year at University, so there is still time for me to explore and develop through my education. Alongside this, I will still be exhibiting works locally and further across the UK. Regarding my long-term future, I would love to work on public commissions while developing my own practice alongside. I have always been one to aim high – that will not change any time soon; so, it’s a matter of maintaining hard work, to keep learning, growing and developing as an artist. Regardless of what is to come, creating art will always be a part of my life.

Halfway through my second year at University, I had a vast body of varied finished and unfinished works, it was only at this stage I began applying to feature in exhibitions and publications. Before this, I had been featured in only 2 exhibitions in the same amount of years. However, over a 6-month window, my work has appeared in over 20 exhibitions across the UK, alongside several magazine features and award nominations. Winning the metals4U Student Sculptor 2019 Award has been the ‘cherry on the cake,’ crowning a frantic – yet exciting – few months.

I have recently come to realise, opportunities are out there, its just matter of making the most of what is at hand and working hard for a future in the arts – it’s something I’m certainly not giving up on any time soon!

I would encourage everyone in the arts to push their efforts to the limits. At the end of the day, opportunities won’t come knocking at your door, you must go out and make them.

metals4U student sculptors winner 2019 Cameron Lings

Cameron receives his metals4U winner’s trophy from Brian Fell.

(left to right- metals4U Managing Director-Paul McFadyen, award winning metal artist- Brian Fell, artist and studio assistant- George Fell, Student Sculptors Competition winner- Cameron Lings, metal sculptor- Owen Cunningham)

Here at metals4U we are very excited to see where Cameron’s creative journey will lead him and we are eager to follow his progress in the successful career we are confident he has ahead of him.

If you would like to see more of Cameron’s work, why not have a look at his Instagram account? 

To read our previous blog showing Cameron’s winning entry to the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019, click here.

Team Hare Sponsorship- The Leadership Team

(Last modified: July 2nd, 2019)

The Formula Student 2019 season is rapidly approaching its climax with only around three weeks left to go until the Silverstone weekend; Team HARE are busy putting all their efforts into getting HARE-19 completely ready for the finals running from the 19th to the 21st July.

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At this crucial point in the competition, we took some time to catch up with the leadership team to see how they have been dealing with steering the team towards the finish line.

Team Principal- Simon Roberts

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“Over the past academic year, I have had the pleasure of leading a very talented, driven and dedicated team. My focus has been on ensuring the team runs as efficiently as possible as well as representing the team to the public and our wonderful sponsors.

The past 10 months have seen a complete evolution of the HARE vehicle with performance and reliability at the core of all development. The team, as a whole, have worked incredibly hard to complete all work to set deadlines and this has allowed for a good amount of crucially needed testing time. Although a lot of the hard work is done with, these final few weeks leading up to the event are still critical. But we are confident that our time is now and that we will return to top form.

This is truly one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would like to thank all my teammates for the astounding work they have put in this year.

Thank you also to metals4U and all our sponsors for all their support. We look forward to bringing our all to FSUK 2019. See you There!”

 

Business Manager- Jack Welstead

team hare business manager metals4U

“My role as Business Manager involves simulating our Formula Student project as a real-world business, this means considering the cost of production, our required facilities and machinery, workforce, company profitability, customer care, forecasting sales and much more. To get this information across at events, it takes the form of a presentation. This is evaluated by a team of highly experienced engineers where we will be marked against hundreds of other competitors.

My role also involves all social media coverage and sponsor communications, this is very important to ensure the team gives an exciting and stimulating interaction with interested on-lookers.

This year we launched team branding through the 20th Anniversary logo to celebrate the team’s success over the last two decades and the “Our Time is Now”. My aim from the outset of this project has been to make the team look as impressive and professional as possible. I believe I have accomplished this through the large amount of sponsorship gains, new team kit, pit dress, and social media interactions.”

logos metals4U sponsorship of team hare

 

Project Manager-Michi O’Shea

team hare project manager metals4U

“My role involves initiating, planning and reviewing phases throughout the project to design, manufacture, build, then compete with our 2019 car.

Creating and working with a tight budget and timing really allows the creative and innovative side of people to come through, but it does pose challenges at times. This is especially true when trying to manage a detailed timing plan and forecast costs for each team, in addition to hitting targets and remaining competitive.

I am excited to see the hours of hard work put in by the team finally pay off at the competition!”

We wish them all the very best for the rest of their Formula Student 2019 journey… and we can’t wait to see HARE-19 in action and cheer them on from the sidelines next month!

 

 

 

 

 

metals4U Student Sculptor Competition Winner 2019

(Last modified: June 12th, 2019)

metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019 in association with top metal sculptor, Brian Fell, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park is proud to announce this year’s winner…

Cameron Lings

Our third annual Student Sculptors Competition has proved to be quite an event in the art and metalwork students’ calendar- this year we were inundated with entries showing  strong talent in a wide variety of disciplines and styles.

The judging was extremely difficult as there was such a variety of ideas and inspirational work, however, there can only be one winner. Once the official closing time of the competition had passed, all the entries were shown to the exceptional metal artist, Brian Fell, for him to select the overall winner based on the judging criteria set out in the published competition rules.

(c) metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019

After a long period of consideration and deliberation, Brian settled on the entry from Cameron Lings.

Cameron has just completed his second year at Teesside University’s MIMA School of Art studying for a BA (Hons) Fine Art. His winning entry titled; ‘Turbine’ is shown below.

metals4U student Sculptors competition 2019 winner

(c) Cameron Ling ‘Turbine’ 2018

Cameron’s entry was accompanied by this descriptive insight into his work;

‘Turbine’ is a sculpture inspired by our ever-developing industrial day-to-day life. In order to develop new ways of creating energy, we have looked to our natural environment, in order to produce electricity from its kinetic movements. The sculpture demonstrates how our natural elements are being industrialised and harvested to their full extent. In this case, the wind is captured and portrayed in hardened metal, representing how engineering processes are making us look at nature from a differential, and clearly useful, point of view. The sculpture also questions our future of the relationship between industry and the environment, and how it will further develop in order for our own benefit.

 

Cameron will attend Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park  on the 22nd & 23rd June, courtesy of metals4U. Cameron will get the opportunity to receive guidance from experienced metal artists Brian Fell, Owen Cunningham, and George Fell. Cameron’s final piece from the course will also be put on display within the grounds of the sculpture park- now that is something to be proud of.

We can’t wait to see what Cameron makes next…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Hare Sponsorship- The Suspension Team

(Last modified: June 11th, 2019)

metals4U are proud sponsors of Team HARE 2019; a group of extremely talented engineering students from The University of Huddersfield.

This week we asked Team HARE to take some time out of their busy schedules to update us on how the suspension team are getting on with their elements of the design and build project.

Each part of the Formula Student race car build must conform to stringent rules regarding construction, material qualities, and health and safety elements. Team HARE have been working hard to fulfil all the criteria to ensure complete compliance to the IMechE rules as the Silverstone static and dynamic testing dates draw closer.  

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IMechE regulations for suspension design

Team HARE 2019 suspension team consists of 2 members, Danny Mall and Jack Lynas, they had this to say about how their department has been getting on.

“Our largest development for the year has been our move from 13’’ wheels to 10’’ wheels, saving roughly 15kg of unsprung mass. This has required a full redesign of the suspension system, completely starting from scratch. To design this new system an outside-in method was adopted, choosing tyres and wheels then working inwards through the hub and upright, then wishbones and tie-rods.

The tyre data was analysed to find the optimum working area of our chosen tyre. The suspension geometry was designed through a software called Lotus Shark, allowing for optimisation of the kinematics to maximise the tyres performance. 

The design of the parts was completed through Solidworks CAD package, allowing a full assembly of the system on the car. This has allowed for full integration with the rest of the car, as well as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of all components to minimise weight and maximise strength.

All suspension members have been constructed using T800H multi directional weave carbon fibre tubing. This gives a total suspension member weight saving of 5.5kg compared to steel equivalents. 7075-T6 aluminium inserts, utilising PTFE lined spherical bearings, have been bonded to the tubes using 3M 9323 epoxy structural adhesive.”

About the team.

metals4U sponsor of Team Hare

Daniel Mall. Suspension Design Manager

 

Daniel is from Somerset and currently studying towards his MEng in Mechanical Engineering. Daniel has overall responsibility for the design and optimisation of the suspension system. When not busy with Team HARE projects he enjoys wakeboarding, surfing and skateboarding- funnily enough, not sports that include wheels!

 

 

metals4U sponsor team Hare

Jack Lynas. Suspension Model Manager.

 

Originally from Essex, Jack’s role within the suspension team is to design the suspension system for the new 10″ wheels. When he is not working hard towards his Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng, he likes cycling on both one or two wheeled models, carting, surfing, and like many students- sleeping!

 

 

 

We have loved following their journey this year and our excitement for the Formula Student 2019 competition is intensifying. 
To find out more about the IMechE Formula Student’s stringent rules, click here
 

Team Hare Sponsorship- Electrical and Control Systems

(Last modified: May 14th, 2019)

As part of our ongoing sponsorship of Team Hare throughout their Formula Student 2019 season, we caught up with the Electrical and Control Systems Integration department to see how their elements of the team build are going.

The electrical and controls systems integrations are a physical interconnection of devices that impact the performance and operation of other systems and devices within the car build.The Formula Student rules for the 2019 season are devised and implemented by IMechE- the rules run to very tight specifications so the role of the Electrical Systems Designer is to ensure that all the restrictions and specs are strictly adhered to ensure safety, while also endeavouring to optimise performance.

It has been very busy for Team Hare this year and the design and build of the electrical system has been compromised due to changes in the powertrain and body system. The main priority of the electrical department is to offer reliability and durability while the car competes in several dynamic events in the United Kingdom and across Europe. Dedication and commitment are required during the project to meet the planned dates for engine testing and control systems functionality, whilst working concurrently with the other departments.

Here is a quick insight into the responsibilities of the electrical and control systems team.

electrical integration metals4U Team Hare 2019

 

The electrical and control systems integration department consists of one BEng Student, Panagiotis Kyriakou.

 

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Panagiotis Kyriakou. Electrical Systems Designer

 

 

Panagiotis Kyriakou is originally from Deryneia, Cyprus; he is solely responsible for the integration of electrical and control systems, including the dyno and chassis loom design. Currently studying for his BEng Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, he also likes to learn about cutting edge technologies in his free time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Hare Sponsorship- Chassis Construction Team.

(Last modified: April 29th, 2019)

As Gold Tier Sponsors of Team HARE-19 from the University of Huddersfield, we took the opportunity to catch up with the chassis construction team to see how they are getting on as the Formula Student 2019 competition rapidly approaches ‘crunch’ time.

The Chassis department comprises of two MEng students, Filip Sieminski and Jamie Mistry.

The main focus of Filip’s development is to design and manufacture a tubular cold drawn steel spaceframe chassis. The main challenge of this year’s spaceframe design was to accompany the newly applied 10-inch wheel geometry. A target for the design was to allow the vehicle to be easily maintained with the design philosophy of applying a mainframe and sub-frame system. The sub-frame houses the engine, drivetrain assembly and the rear suspension, this is to allow easy maintenance and service of the engine whilst at events. To produce the spaceframe, the method of using TIG welded technology has been utilised.

Jamie’s focus this year has been on redesigning and manufacturing the braking system, including the pedal box assembly with the aim to be easily maintained, adjustable, lightweight and ergonomic. The braking system consists of newly designed laser cut brake discs and braided lines to enable exceptional braking force which provides superb driver feedback, whilst also reducing rotational mass (Inertia). The braking system is really crucial to the HARE-19 vehicle build, as a minimal stopping distance will decrease lap times and give the team a competitive edge over opponents. This is achieved through reducing the un-sprung mass and optimising the design by conducting computational simulation analysis and testing.

chassis construction infographic metals4U

 

Filip Sieminski- Chassis Construction Team Leader.

 

 

Filip Sieminski is working towards his Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng at Huddersfield. Originally form Poland, Filip has maximised the opportunities that studying in Huddersfield has to offer- when not working incredibly hard as the Chassis Construction Team Leader, he likes to eat, sleep, and party. Filip is particularly proud of the fact he has completed all the ‘eating challenges’ in Huddersfield.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Mistry. Chassis Construction Team Manager.

 

 

Jamie is studying for his Mechanical Engineering MEng. From Halifax, Jamie is proudly the only northerner on the team this year. When not designing the pedal box and braking system for the Formula Student car, he enjoys motorcycling, travel, and participating in a variety of sports.

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Hare Sponsorship- What are Aerodynamics?

(Last modified: May 8th, 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you  probably already know, metals4U are sponsoring the Formula Student team from the University of Huddersfield for this racing season. We are delighted to be able to put our name to this amazing endeavour. The team of young men and women are working around the clock to ensure that every element of this year’s car is performing to the highest standard.

Last week, Team Hare revealed the new chassis design for the competition, here is the CAD presentation to give you an idea of what the final build will look like.

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The Team Hare entry for 2019

Now we can see what the final build will look like, we can start to appreciate just how much work has already been done this season.

The design of the aero package (front and rear wings, nose cone,sidepods, floor diffuser and bodywork) is not just to look good, every single element has to ensure that the car is subjected to minimal drag and maximum streamlining for optimal performance…Think bullet rather than parachute!

The aerodynamics team have been busy during the planning stage to see how they can work with the drag and lift forces that are created when air passes around and over an item- particularly when that item is travelling at speed- they need to be able to create a perfect balance of keeping the car securely on the road, while minimising the drag forces that will slow it down unnecessarily or create instability.

Due to the costings of the bodywork construction and not having a full size wind tunnel, Team Hare have come up with a solution to testing the aerodynamic performance without creating a full size body kit. ‘Experimental Designs’ have 3D printed a 10th scale model of the aero package to enable Team Hare to test in the windtunnel to ensure their CFD (Computational fluid dynamics) predictions are accurate before investing in the full size, and full cost, componants.

This week we caught up with the aerodynamics team led by Charlie May and Rafael Doherty to see how they were getting on, they had this update for us;

“The Aerodynamics department has focused on ease of manufacturability this year whilst also ensuring a beneficial aerodynamic performance package is created.  Due to struggles within the manufacturing of aerodynamic components in recent years, simplified yet effective designs have been implemented.  A huge amount of work has been spent tweaking aerofoil angles and analysing airflows over the vehicle to ensure each component is as effective as possible, and this simplified approach has allowed the aerodynamics department to work towards the ‘Aero on a budget’ award at Formula Student Silverstone, with the front wing, sidepods, rear wing, nose cone, bodywork, and floor diffuser all aiming to be manufactured for under £1800. With materials beginning to be delivered, it’s time to get our hands dirty and get building ready for the new HARE-19 vehicle.”

 

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Charlie May. Aerodynamics and Bodywork Leader.

 

Charlie is the Aerodynamics and Bodywork Team leader. Currently studying for his Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng, he is responsible for the design of the aero package, the manufacture of the bodywork, and composite material elements of the vehicle build.

 

 

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Rafael Doherty. Deputy Aerodynamics Manager

 

Rafael is an exchange student from Brazil studying at the University of Hudderfield for 6 months as he works  towards his Mechanical Engineering MEng. Rafael is reponsible for designing the front wing, nose and the rear wing using CAD and CFD analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Hare Sponsorship- What is the Powertrain?

(Last modified: May 8th, 2019)

This year’s gold tier sponsorship of Team HARE is one of the really exciting endeavours of our 2019 pledge to continue our support of innovation and emerging talent in engineering.

Team Hare are continuing to work tirelessly towards creating their best performing Formula Student car for the 2019 season. This week we caught up with the team to see how they are progressing.

Last time we caught up with Team Hare, we looked a little closer at the drivetrain- if you missed it, you can read all about it  here.

This week we caught up with the ‘Powertrain’ team to find out how they are getting on.They had this to say;

The main aim for the department this year is to have the engine operating reliably whilst producing a high power output. With the teams major changes to the chassis and suspension, there has also been a lot of work with regards to redesigning a new exhaust, lubrication and fueling systems. A huge amount of hours have been spent dyno testing the engine, this assists us with ensuring we will have reliability throughout 2019’s formula student events through correcting and improving the current engine build.  An exciting few months are now ahead of us, as parts of the car start to arrive and we get to see how well our engine performs in the newly designed car.”

The powertrain is the system that transfers the drive from the engine right through to the axles. Whereas the drivetrain is concerned with the drive from the transmission onwards, the powertrain is concerned with all the parts that convert the engine’s power to movement- all elements of propelling the vehicle.

The performance of the engine has to harness the power of combustion to deliver energy to the crankshaft- here the linear motion energy is converted into a rotary motion known as ‘torque’. This torque is then controlled by the transmission system, which then passes the energy onwards through the remainder of the powertrain that is comprised of the drivetrain elements.

 

A simplified explanation of the powertrain.

powertrain infographic metals4U

 

The powertrain team is led by Conor and Jack, they are responsible for ensuring everything runs smoothly and on time within their team.

 

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Conor O’Brien. Powertrain Team Leader

 

Conor O’Brien is the Powertrain Team Leader with overall responsibility for the management of the engineering of the powertrain and the rest of the team. Conor is currently studying for his Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng and hopes to pursue a career in motorsport once he completes his Masters- he is certainly off to a good start.

 

 

 

 

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Jack Watson. Powertrain Team Manager

 

Jack Watson is also studying for his Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng and is sharing leadership of developing the powertrain. Jack’s role specifically sees him working on engine mapping and intake and exhaust design.

 

 

 

 

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