Sponsor Skillshops are returning to Formula SAE Michigan in 2018. These Skillshops will be located in Suites 215, 216, 217, and 218 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. There are 60 seats available for each Skillshop. All registrants must arrive at their registered Skillshop 5 minutes prior or your seat will be given up. If a Skillshop fills up, there will be an opportunity to Waitlist onsite by coming to the Suite and standing by for possible opening.
09:45 AM - 11:15 AM: Become a Heavyweight Champ in Lightweighting (Hosted by Magna International, Inc.)
Description: Lightweighting and aerodynamics are major contributors to your vehicles fuel economy and driving dynamics. Lighten up your vehicle using innovative materials and cutting edge drag-reduction techniques.
Presented By: Ryan Shaw- Product Engineer and Ron Frawley- Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development.
09:45 AM - 11:15 AM: Chassis Tuning as a System (Hosted by ROUSH)
Description: Exploring and understanding key chassis attributes, their relationship to each other, and overall vehicle performance.
Static Camber, Dynamic Camber, Roll Stiffness, Roll Center, and Lateral Acceleration, Static Toe, Ackermann, Roll steer, Compliance Steer, Lateral Stability (over/understeer gradients) and of course, Torsional Rigidity, how much is enough?
Students/teams are encouraged to bring examples from their vehicle to be discussed in the class. We recommend bringing plots generated form vehicle dynamics software such as ADAMS, Dymola, and OptimumKinematics.
Presented By: Blake Frost- Manager, Chassis Engineering and Chad Goffar- Supervisor, Chassis Engineering.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Thermal Management of Electrified Systems (Hosted by Cummins Inc.)
Description: Powertrains and power systems are increasingly becoming electrified. Battery Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, Mild Hybrid Vehicles are all being developed in order to decrease overall emissions. However, the electric system (battery, power electronics, motor/generator) must be carefully engineered thermally to provide optimum performance. Current and future Li-Ion batteries require careful temperature control as well as do power electronics and motor/generators. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the challenges facing the electrified power systems engineer. Cummins Inc. is one of the largest diesel engine manufacturers in the world and is investing heavily into electrified power systems in order to position itself for current and future growth.
Presented By: Christopher R. Nelson-Director of Advanced Electrification Systems Integration.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: How to Win Using Modeling and Simulation in FSAE (Hosted by MathWorks)
Description: Students will learn how MATLAB and Simulink can be used in the automotive world and on their racecar. MathWorks experts will show live hardware and software demos as well as provide an overview about available resources and support from MathWorks for FSAE teams. The session will be interactive and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.
Presented By: Sebastian Castro- Education Technical Specialist.
12:15 PM - 01:45 PM: Lightweighting your vehicle through real world simulation (Hosted by Altair Engineering)
Description: This session will introduce you to cutting edge techniques for lightweighting using Altair Inspire. Inspire is easier to use than similar CAD based analysis tools and utilizes an industry proven analysis and optimization engine that guarantees the accuracy and reliability that CAD based tools lack. As an bonus, the first 40 students that show up for this session will receive a relax fit baseball hat from Zephyr.
Presented By: Erik Larson- US Training/EDU Technical Relations Manager.
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM: Performance Engine Calibration (Hosted by ROUSH)
Description: This workshop will cover a variety of specific how-to topics, from wide-open throttle performance and drivability to idle speed control and hot restarts. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring along questions and data files from their FSAE vehicles, for help and discussion with the Roush calibration engineers.
Presented By: Tom Siebyla- Calibration Supervisor, Brian Steinbrunner- Calibration Engineer, Patrick Clarke- Calibration Engineer, Logan Anteau- Calibration Engineer.
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM: Fundamentals of NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) and its Control (Hosted by DENSO)
Description: This presentation will cover some of the fundamentals of noise, vibration, and harshness. Principles, tools and techniques of noise measurements, diagnostics for the identification and ranking of various noise sources/paths will be discussed. Finally, based on the ranking and severity of noise source, most cost effective design fixes and approaches to suppress the noise will also be presented.
Presented By: Prakash Thawani- PhD, INCE Bd. Cert. Sr. NVH Specialist Thermal Systems Performance Development
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM: Fine Tuning with SolidWorks (Hosted by DS SolidWorks Corp.)
Description: Come to our open house with any questions on SolidWorks. Find out what’s new in our next version including our new SolidWorks CAM. We will be there for two hours so come at your own convenience.
Presented By: DS SolidWorks.
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM: Engineering Basics of Threaded Fastener Design and Analysis (Hosted by MacLean-Fogg)
Description: This skill shop will give the basic overview of fastener engineering including design, function, materials, common failure modes and applications. Additionally, a discussion of locking fasteners, why they are needed, the different types of locking fasteners, and how they function will be addressed.
Presented By: Ken Rimatzki- ME, MBA, CFS Senior Application Engineer, Fastener Components, MacLean Fogg Component Solutions, Chesterfield, MI and Kyle Kapa- MET, MSEM, CFS Senior Application Engineer, Fastener Components, MacLean Fogg Component Solutions, Chesterfield, MI.
02:15 PM - 03:45 PM: Air Intake System for the Internal Combustion Engine (Hosted by MAHLE Industries)
Description: Air Intake Systems are an intrinsic part of the powertrain of an internal combustion engine. The Air Intake System directly contributes to the torque and horsepower delivered by the internal combustion engine. Factors involved in this are due to the design of the geometry of the system, the flow characteristics, and the weight and materials used for the air intake system. In this discussion the design techniques utilizing these factors and others will be reviewed in order to effectively design and develop an air intake system for an internal combustion engine.
Presented By: Lorenzo Fontana, Manager – Air Intake System Segment.
02:15 PM - 03:45 PM: Best Practices for Engine Testing and Performance Tradeoff Analysis using Simulation (Hosted by AVL)
Description for Best Practices for Engine Testing: AVL will present the best practices for engine testing based on decades of experience operating engine dynamometers around the world. Some of the topics covered will include how to develop an efficient dyno testing plan, how to prepare the engine for dyno testing and how to select the right instrumentation and measurement devices. Engine startup, debugging and testing methods will be discussed along with some pointers on data collection and quality checks.
Description for Performance Tradeoff Analysis using Simulation: What if decisions for your next car will be made on objective numbers rather than subjective feedback from previous team members? Using simulation tools early in the development process can help to speed up the development significantly. Not only that, if done in a structured way it can help vehicle performance on track and justify your design decisions. AVL will present a process on how to focus the development of your car on the “right” technical measures using a virtual environment.
Presented By: Talus Park- Chief Engineer and Thomas Mueller-Werth- Sr. Project Engineer.
03:15 PM - 05:15 PM: Siemens’ Software Solutions for Your Formula Car Design Challenges (Hosted by Siemens)
Description: Want to optimize your downforce package to pull more G’s? Has your car ever had wiring errors or DNF’ed in the Endurance Event? Want to save 30-40% of carbon fiber material cost and readily lay out cuts for complex parts? Siemens-PL and Mentor - A Siemens Business offer the widest range of automotive design software tools available, at no cost for FS teams – including NX for CAD, STAR-CCM+ and FloEFD for CFD, PADS for board design, Volcano for CAN networks, VeSys for wiring harness design/fabrication, Fibersim for carbon fiber material layout, and more! Come and learn from presentations, demos and Q&A.
Presented By: Siemens.
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM: Exhaust System Design Foundations (Hosted by Faurecia)
Description: You will learn about basic exhaust system design from the inputs to the outputs, including consideration for acoustics and emissions.
Presented By: Charles Shappell- Director Design & Development
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM: Vehicle Dynamic Testing for Formula SAE (Hosted by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company)
Description: For many Formula SAE teams, vehicle testing ends up as an afterthought. In the testing that does happen, the idea of whether the car is drivable or controllable is usually lost in the myriad of reliability testing. So while reliability is critical, the vehicle also has to be designed to be operable by a human driver. Similar to how factors of safety are design goals for reliability, handling goals can also be design goals. This presentation will cover fundamentals of vehicle handling related to human perception, simple testing procedures such as skidpad and slalom, and use of data from vehicle testing and tire testing to tune handling of the current car and set design goals for future cars. The presentation will also cover some simple simulation tools that can be used to quickly evaluate high level handling design goals. Finally, the presentation will address using a 'systems engineering process' to plan vehicle design.
Presented By: Sid Attravanam- Manager, Tire & Vehicle Dynamics.
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM: Vehicle Development for Safety - Working Toward Virtually Zero Motor Vehicle Fatalities (Hosted by Nissan Technical Center North America)
Description: Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of fatalities in the United States. This lecture will discuss the challenges in pursuing a future goal of "Virtually Zero" motor vehicle fatalities with an emphasis on vehicle safety features. An overview of the factors that affect vehicle safety and the technologies that can be applied to address those factors; as well as testing needed to develop the passive safety of today's vehicles will be presented. Furthermore, the presenter will discuss how the concepts presented can be applied in the development of a Formula SAE vehicle.
Presented By: Jeff Dix- Principal Engineer, Safety Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America.