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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are embarking on a motorsport project and are in need of EN 10305-1 specification mild steel tube or BS4 T45 grade steel tube, check out our online store, or call our friendly and knowledgeable customer services advisors to find out more, or place an order.

Until the end of May, our T45 tube is discounted by a massive 30%- so grab yourself a bargain and don’t forget, we offer free delivery on all orders over £75.

 

Offer valid until Friday May 31st 2019.

 

 

 

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.

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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!

 

metals4U are latest sponsors of University of Leeds Formula Student 2019

(Last modified: May 8th, 2019)

Formula Student season is now in full swing, and as part of our ongoing support of student talent we are pleased to be able to add the University of Leeds Formula Student team to our portfolio of sponsorships for the 2019 season.

We are very excited that steel and aluminium (sheet and tube)  supplied by metals4U has been used throughout their vehicle design this year.

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Welded frame of the 2019 Formula Student entry from the University of Leeds.

This year the team are competing in two events; the annual UK event at Silverstone (17th
-21st July 2019) and, for the first time,  an event in Italy (24th-28th July 2019).

The project is led by third year mechanical engineering student, Julian Kautsch, who is overseeing the team efforts and targets for the FS19  season which are outlined below ;

• To finish in the top 10 at the UK competition
• To finish construction by the end of March
• To compete in a competition abroad
• To do a minimum of 500km of testing prior to competition
• To create stable foundations which next year’s team can build upon

A couple of these goals are already in sight as the construction of this year’s vehicle build is 3 months ahead when compared to last year’s progress and they are already set to compete in Europe.

Months of planning, testing, and incredibly hard work are now coming to fruition as the team prepare for the demands of the gruelling challenges of static and dynamic testing, these tasks are set to showcase the very best in engineering acheivements for this year’s student entrants.

The University of Leeds Formula Student team had these kind words to say about our sponsorship;

” We are extremely grateful to have formed a sponsorship deal with metals4U who have kindly
provided us with a range of metal tubing and sheeting which will be utilised across our vehicle. For
example, the aluminium tubing is going to be used inside the wings, the steel tubing for rear wing
mounting and the aluminium sheeting for the undertray and body panels.”

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metals4U steel tubing used for rear wing mounting (shown in red)

We look forward to following the progress of the team- to keep up to date with all things Formula Student, follow us on social media!

 

 

 

Team Hare Sponsorship – What is the Drivetrain?

(Last modified: May 8th, 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.

Team Hare university of Huddersfield/metals4U

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.

Want to see a master at work?

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

Imagine you received a mystery delivery of steel and copper, and had 24 hours in a blacksmith’s workshop to create something cool. What would you do?

That’s the challenge we set YouTuber, blacksmith and all-round entertainer, Alec Steele. Though Alec being Alec, he said he didn’t need 24 hours to create something awesome as he could do it in just 12!

It turns out he was right.

Check out the video below to see what he made.


If Alec has inspired you to get into blacksmithing, or put your existing skills to use creating a sculpture of your own, metals4U has got you covered.

Visit our blacksmith page for all the tools and supplies you could ever need for your project.

Also, be sure to follow Alec on YouTube to see more amazing creations.

Robot Wars reboots for 2017

(Last modified: February 11th, 2019)

And defending champion Apollo is taking no prisoners!

Roboteers stand by, Robot Wars is back on our televisions this year for an explosive second season. Summer 2016 brought the series back with a bang on BBC 2, and we couldn’t get enough. From Razer to Matilda, the starting line-up of house robots brought a real sense of nostalgia to fans of the 90’s show. Along with a remarkably familiar arena we were on the edge of our seats every time we heard the word ‘activate’.

After 53 adrenaline-pumping battles over six shows, it came down to Carbide vs. Apollo. Carbide had wreaked havoc in the arena, managing to take out a steel wall and halt play while engineers repaired it. And Apollo had sent the house robots into orbit with its ‘flipper’ on more than one occasion. It was definitely a battle too close to call even for their biggest fans!

After a tense final battle both robots resisted destruction, even with the roaring fire pit and house robots on the war path! It came down to a vote from the judges. It was a unanimous decision and Apollo was crowned the winner.

Team Apollo Win

Team MAD who built Apollo are now back for more robot blood in season two. The team of three who met at a Pontins holiday camp, are all from a non-engineering background and were thrilled to have ‘flipped’ their way to victory. Excited to come back and defend their title, they will be working hard to finesse their 107 kg creation.

With a name taken from a NASA spacecraft and a flipper that ‘launches’ 100kg robots into the air, it’s not surprising that a lot of metal is needed to keep Apollo looking shipshape. Huge fans of the show, we’re proud to sponsor the team and help Team MAD defend their title. We’ll be providing all the metal needed to bring Apollo back from the brink of destruction promised by the fierce battles ahead. Dave Young and his team mates can’t wait to have us on board:

“We are delighted to be working with Metals4U, the metal that they are supplying us will form the build of a new Apollo for the future. Apollo’s strength has always been strong armour and is one thing that helped us win Robot Wars. Metals4U will be helping us make sure that our future project is as strong as ever!”

Make sure you tune into BBC 2 to catch all the action this season!  Plus, keep up with the latest news from camp Apollo and Robot Wars on the Metals4U blog.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park sponsorship

(Last modified: May 7th, 2019)

We’re always looking for ways to support initiatives that have a real impact on the community, that’s why we’re proud to announce our new partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. They challenge, inspire, and delight 400,000 visitors a year, including 48,000 learning visits. If you want to see metal used in an innovative way, this is the place to go. They’ve won heaps of awards for their beautiful exhibitions set in picturesque Yorkshire – and it’s easy to see why.

Photo courtesy of http://www.ysp.co.uk/

The first project we’ll be supporting will be leading metalwork artist Brian Fell’s workshops this autumn. He’ll be running a two day course at YSP with his colleague Owen Cunningham, presenting metal as a versatile and creative material.

The workshops are designed to meet all levels, attendees will see metals in a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses. With sheet steel and steel bars, round and square, there’s plenty of opportunities for participants to gain new skills and grow their creativity.

In his sculptures Brian uses cold forging, where the metal isn’t heated but cut and welded, then shaped with hammers or vices. It makes for beautifully intricate detailing and intriguing shapes. During the course, Brian will share his extensive knowledge on the history of sculpture and techniques in cold and furnace forging.  There’ll also be a demonstration of tools, machines and what they can achieve.

metals4U’s Wetherby branch will be supplying all the metal for these workshops and look forward to seeing the creations that come out of it. To hear more about what’s on at YSP including this workshop, keep your eye on the website: http://www.ysp.co.uk/whats-on/this-season