Formula Group T is a project run by Belgian masterstudents in engineering from KULeuven (GROUP T & Thomas More) who design and build small electric vehicles and compete with other universities worldwide in the Formula Student competitions during the summer. Areion was their first car and was built in 2011-2012, Eve is their second car and finished its summer of Formula Student in 2013. The team raced this summer with their 3rd car, June and have already started designing their new car since the beginning of september.
Our monocoque team started with the production of our new carbon fiber chassis. The first step was the milling of the monocoque shape out of Polyurethane foam. This milling process was carried out by our partner Twinplast. They are specialized in the production of all conceivable shapes out of plastics and have experience with different applications. Twinplast is supporting Formula Group T for already three years!
The monocoque was milled out of two pieces, the upper half and the lower half. The process took about nine hours each.
The produced shapes will be used for the manufacturing of the carbon negative moulds. These...
A lot of material is needed for the production of our new car. One of the most important materials is Aluminium. Our material sponsor Dejond Metals delivers us excellent quality, giving us the opportunity to build a lightweight car. The 7075 aluminium alloy, which is well know from the aerospace industry, is used for a lot of specific parts in our car. The combination of lightweight and high strength is perfect for the realization of an high performance race car. Also some moulds will be manufactured by our team. These moulds will be used for the manufacturing of the carbon rims and some other parts.
Many thanks to Dejond Metals!
Every year again we have a staunch supporter, a company called Apem , that helps our electronics department to gain control over the car, and make the car safe. This year we ordered some rare parts like scrollers for on the steering wheel. Year after year we try to solve the complaints of the driver. Thanks Apem for the delivery!
Thanks to our new partner Eplan (www.eplan.be), engineering the cable loom will become more efficient! Eva just completed the basic P8 training. Now the challenge starts to draw the electric circuit of our new car, and later on make a 3D-model of the cable loom.
Today, Belgium was next in line for the NI days. We couldn’t miss this moment to support one of our gold sponsors, National Instruments, with a real life example that shows the capabilities of their products for the control of our car, June.
It was an opportunity for both of us to meet all partners and talk to them about how we used their components. We even had the chance to follow their seminars about the use of LabVIEW to improve the programming for our future car.
A well-organized day and hopefully we will see you all next year on the NI days!
What would our car be without a good set of tires? During testing we burn a lot of rubber. Thanks to Dupont tire central Formula Group T is able to keep testing. Dupont changes our tires in a minimum amount of time and with tremendous amount of care not to damage our fragile rims. We would like to thank them again for their continuous support and great assistance. www.bandendupont.be
Last week we were invited at one of the Tuesdays organized by the Tesla Club Belgium. Of course we took this chance to promote our project, car and partners. Many people came to Brussels to share one passion, electrical driving. We did not only expose June, we also gave a short presentation about who we are and what we do. The electrical driving community is growing but there is still a long way to go. Although we, Formula Group T members and future engineers, will be part of it for sure!
Yesterday we took part in the Formula Student Workshop at Continental in Hannover. We were invited especially because we won the FSG Media Award 2014. This award goes to the team who made the best video compilation of the competition in Germany. Our video result can be seen at http://youtu.be/XW1urlOCpHs .
The workshop is organised by the Formula Student Academy and 300 students joined this event.
During the day we attended several interesting seminars. Judges were giving tips and advice about the scrutineering, design and cost events.
People from different automotive industries gave some detailed...
Yesterday we organized a get together with our partners who cooperated on June. We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters to making June possible. We are looking forward to future coorperation on promoting innovative products and electromobility for the future!
A big thank you to Roelof Pantjes from www.GLAMOURNET.net for the photos and to all the attendees! Photos of the event can be found here:
From the 7th till the 9th of October, seven members of our team participated in the Altair HyperWorks training at the RWTH Aachen University. Many thanks to Altair for inviting us and for letting us improve our FEM simulation and optimization skills. The Altair software will come in handy when developing several parts for our 2015 Formula Student racecar. The software will be used when designing the monocoque, the impact attenuator, the wheel hubs and many other parts. The optimization of all these components will results in a lighter and thus faster car. We cannot wait to start simulating and are very busy designing June's successor.