CREATE Education are proud to support Team Kinesis Racing in this year’s F1 in School Competition. In this blog the team share their progress and initial car design.
About the Team
Kinesis Racing is inspired by the physiological concept of ‘Kinesis’ which is movement in reaction to stimulus. This is a fitting name for the team as they know that they must be able to develop their car while reacting to the various challenges they will face along the way. In addition they must be able to react quickly and to be first off the mark on race day. These qualities will aid them in achieving their goal of winning the 2019 National Final in April.
The team consists of five 5 th year students from the Institute of Education, living in Dublin, Ireland. They are experienced in CAD, manufacturing, physics, applied mathematics, business and enterprise. The team which is preparing for the 2019 season of the world’s largest STEM competition, F1 in schools, is competing at the national final in Ireland on April 5 th . Ultimately the team is working to qualify for the world final in Singapore later this year. The team has received a lot of praise and support and they are confident that their car will trump their competitors.
The task of the competition requires the team to design and manufacture a CO 2 powered F1 car using advanced Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Computational Fluid Dynamics software. They must then manufacture their car using the most innovative and accurate methods, such as 3D printing.
About the Car
The car the team have designed is extremely aerodynamic and is in compliance with every regulation in the 53 page rules and regulations document.
The use of Computational Fluid Dynamics software and the wind tunnel they designed and manufactured using 3D printing has enabled the team to design an extremely aerodynamic car with a drag coefficiency that is is well below the competition average and this dramatic reduction in drag will allow the car to cut through the air like knife increasing acceleration. This could be the difference in winning and losing in a race decided by hundredths of a second.
In addition to this the team are still considering more design possibilities such as the implementation of venturis and flow structures to further increase their speed.
Utilising 3D Printing Technology
Kinesis Racing have two Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers in their possession that they are using to manufacture their car. This high end machine will allow the engineers of the team to rapidly produce parts and prototypes. This allows for more testing, resulting in a more optimized design. This will greatly enhance the quality, and more importantly, the speed of the finished car.
An amazing 27 out of 28 of the car’s components will be manufactured using the Ultimaker 2+. The more major parts include the front and rear wing and the wheel support system.
The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Rhys Mordaunt from Team Kinesis for sharing this update and wish the team the very best of luck in the competition.
In The Classroom
F1 in Schools is a STEM Challenge designed for teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered cars made from F1 model block. . The main objective is to help change the perceptions of science, technology, engineering and maths by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula 1, science, marketing and technology. This challenge is a perfect opportunity for utilising 3D printing in school. You can learn more at https://www.f1inschools.co.uk/