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Team Hare Sponsorship- What are Aerodynamics?

(Last modified: April 4th, 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: April 4th, 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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

To keep up to date on our sponsorship activity, follow us on social media!

 

Team Hare Sponsorship – What is the Drivetrain?

(Last modified: March 22nd, 2019)

This week we caught up with Team Hare 19  to see how things are taking shape this season, and in particular what the drivetrain team are working on at the moment- Team HARE’s drivetrain team are responsible for the configuration of the drive method between the engine and wheels, as well as the gear shifting method. They had this to say,

“This year’s aim for the drivetrain team is to ensure an efficient and reliable gear shifting method. Decision was made to utilise a mechanically hand activated gear shifter as this would drastically reduce overall weight and packaging. Current focus is made to maximise feel in the gear shifter. Numerous components have been designed to ensure minimum deflection of the push pull cable when it is in motion.”

The drivetrain is not a part of the engine, it is the system of component parts from the transmission to the wheels- the system of transferring the power from transmissionright through to the clutch, gears and differential to the axles and wheels; basically, everything beyond the transmission concerned with propelling the car forward!

A simplified explanation of the drivetrain.

 

As part of our sponsorship of Team Hare, this week we would like to showcase two members of Team Hare with overall responsibility for the drivetrain.

Ben Tripp. Drivetrain Team Leader

 

 As the Drivetrain Team Leader, Ben Tripp has overall responsibility for ensuring everything within the drivetrain system works and oversees the rest of the drivetrain team.

Ben  is a student from Cambridge currently on the Mechanical Engineering MEng course at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

 

 

Stefanos Savva. Drivetrain Team Manager

 

As the Drivetrain Team Manager, Stephanos Savva has responsibility for ensuring the drivetrain parts are in optimum working condition and replacing or repairing parts if modifications are necessary.

Stephanos  is also studying for his Mechanical Engineering MEng at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to keep up to date with our sponsorship of Team Hare 19!

 

 

metals4U sponsor Team Hare for Formula Student 2019.

(Last modified: March 19th, 2019)

 

Many of you that follow metals4U on social media, or regularly read our blogs, will know that we like to get involved in supporting emerging new talent – particularly when it embraces the next generation of metal workers. We are always interested in how people use metal in engineering and creative projects which is why we are thrilled to add a new sponsorship project to our portfolio.

For 2019, metals4U are Gold tier sponsors of Team HARE; a talented group of students from the University of Huddersfield that are participating in the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Formula Student competition.

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This annual competition entails students from automotive, motorsport, mechanical, and electronic engineering disciplines designing and building a single seat race car prototype. Student teams from all around the world compete in a series of tasks and challenges to earn themselves a place at Silverstone in July.

Throughout the competition, a robust testing process assesses the validity of the car build to culminate in a series of static and dynamic test events held over several days at Silverstone. The team must also work through a series of tasks over several months to produce data on different elements of the vehicle build with harsh point penalties incurred for missing a submission deadline. This competition is not for the faint hearted, the standards are high and the scrutiny on all aspects of the team endeavour is monumental.

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Simon Roberts: Team Principal

The team is made up of 22 students led by Simon Roberts, a 23-year-old Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng student.

Simon has been involved with Team Hare for the last 4 years and is really rising to the challenge of being Team Principal this year by taking overall responsibility for  Hare 2019, health and safety, and organising sponsorship and fundraising to ensure the project is  well-supported and sustainable. Simon’s final year project involved him making a bold attempt to turbo-charge the current Hare 19 engine.

 

 

 

Over the coming months we will be sharing much more detail and insight into the progress of the team and the car. To make sure you are always up to date on metals4U news make sure to follow us on Social media.

If you would like to look at the team progress so far, check out the Team Hare Facebook page here.

We’ve expanded our Wetherby store

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

Since our first physical store opened back in October we’ve had plenty of you come to visit. Our Wetherby branch offering has made it even more convenient for people to find the metal materials they’re looking for, and we love hearing all the positive feedback from both the trade and the public.

Making sure we have a vast range of materials in stock to suit any project, no matter the size and scale, is something we take seriously. To make life even easier for our customers to find what they need, we’ve expanded and grown the range of products available in store.

We’re happy to announce we’ve added big brands like Faithfull tools and Dewalt drill bits to our store. While also expanding on best-selling ranges: Weldability, GYS, Snickers and Dickies workwear.

You can still visit us six days a week in store at: Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN. Take a sneak peak below at the shop floor hosting our new product ranges, along with some of the custom built stands made especially for the store.

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Metals4u expand beyond online by opening its first branch in Wetherby

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

We are the UK’s market leader in the online supply of metals, tools and engineering goods, and have chosen Wetherby as the location for our first physical store.

Known as the trade’s go-to supplier of metals, mild steel, Stainless steel, aluminium, Brass, and bronze products, we stock 15,000 lines – including workwear, clothing and tooling supplies – with a wide range of these now available in branch for customers to drop in and collect.

In addition to being the only stockist of welding consumables and accessories in the local area, our branch holds products from leading brands Weldability, GYS and Esab, as well as workwear from Dickies and Snickers. In branch, many products are displayed on custom built stands that use Metals4u products to demonstrate their versatility.

Our MD and owner Paul Mcfadyen, explains the decision to open a bricks and mortar branch: “When Metals4u was established in 2002, we were the first supplier in the UK offering customers the opportunity to buy metal online. We wanted to build on this and make it more convenient than ever for the local trade, and public, to find the metal materials they need for projects of any size and scale.”

Our Metals4u branch can be found at Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, LS22 7DN and is open six days a week.

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Metals4U bikes on show during inaugural Tour de Yorkshire

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

A few weeks ago we made 35 iconic bikes to give away to cycling enthusiasts who could display them in a show of support for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. The winners did us proud as we saw plenty of them along the various routes of the three-day event – and we’ve got the pictures to prove it!

More than 1.2 million people lined the streets to watch some of the world’s best cyclists compete in the very first event of its kind – the legacy of what was a hugely successful Tour de France Grand Départ last year.

The first overall winner of the event was Norway’s Lars-Petter Nordhaug, of Team Sky – which is worth knowing (and remembering), just in case the question pops up in a pub quiz!

The routes, which ran from Bridlington to Scarborough, Selby to York and Wakefield to Leeds, took in some of the best sights our great county has to offer. Our special bikes were constructed from bright yellow plastic, so they were pretty easy to spot (and a lot of fans must have been wondering where they came from!).

Lisa Gair, one of our 50 winners, sent us this photo of her bike displayed on the gate to her driveway in East Bramhope near Leeds:

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Here’s another bike sat proudly outside the Chocolate Factory in Thornton le Dale, just east of Pickering on Day 1 when the riders were approaching Scarborough:

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David Bird decided the best place for his bike was to perch it delicately on the front of his caravan!

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David Church left his yellow bike in a place where other real ones have no doubt rested over the years – just outside a shop in Pickering:

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And here we have Richard Jones securing his bike to a lamppost at a junction just before the Cote de Goose Eye along Stage 3, just west of Keighley:

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Thanks to everyone who made the effort to display their bikes over the three days – and to have sent us your pictures. Unfortunately we couldn’t include them all, but we were impressed with how many of you brought them out for the big occasion!

Metals4U relocates to Wetherby

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

Metals4U relocates to Wetherby.

While most of the country was enjoying some lovely weather and relaxation time over the Easter break, here at Metals4U we were busy relocating from Pontefract to a newly refurbished and extended warehouse covering 21000 sq feet in Wetherby. At Metals4U, we have seen our business triple over the last two years. This growth meant we rapidly outgrew our premises in Pontefract where the business started over a decade ago.

Located on the Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Armitage Works has enabled us to double our warehouse capacity and plan to incorporate a shop within the spacious open plan sales office area. The customer experience is set to improve, with dramatic increases in the amount of stock we can now hold and improved opportunities for interaction between our friendly and knowledgeable sales team and our valued customers.

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Armitage Works, Sandbeck Industrial Estate, Wetherby.

 

Our relocation has already had positive impact on the local community with the employment of additional staff from the local area. As the company continues to grow, more job opportunities will be created in the near future to maintain the high level of quality service customers have grown to expect from the UK’s leading online metal and plastics supplier.

Managing Director, Paul McFadyen said, “The move to Armitage Works has enabled the company to expand to better meet customer demand, increase the range and quantity of stock we offer our customers and provide employment opportunities within the local community”.

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The newly refurbished and extended warehouse nearing completion.

Intricate planning and really hard graft ensured the move went smoothly. We kept customer delivery disruption to an absolute minimum while our stock was being transferred to the new site,  and we would like to thank our loyal customers for their amazing support and patience over the Easter bank holidays.