A paperboard Lotus E21

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A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by PaulB » Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:26 pm

Basic Monocoque Drawings

Last night I started with the first basic drawings for the monocoque of my new project, the Lotus E21 of Kimi Räikkönen - btw. my absolute favourite driver. :)

A bit work is left at the rear of the monocoque and at the side pods. At the rear I couldn't reconstruct the correct shape of the cutouts for the cooling lines (water and oil radiator). I hope a few new pics will appear at the GP of Belgium in two weeks where I can spy out the correct shape of this cutout. I've already tried to reconstruct the shape of this cutouts at the predecessors E20 and R30 but didn't find anything helpfull. The correct side pod shape I'll recalculate when I'm starting with the manufacturing of idems.

The engine drawings I can take over from the RB7. It's Renault RS27-2011 is quite the same as the E21's RS27-2013. I've to look if I can find some visible changes between this two versions.

Since the start of the season I've collected 397Mb data from this car. About 1012 pics, tech. regs with appendix, some publications, tech. analysis and so on. A few additional data I collected from the predecesser E20 in case of the engine/engine mounting. a short comparison to my last F1 built, the Red Bull RB7: There I had 277Mb data et the end of the building process. So we can await a much more detailed model of the Lotus than it was at the RB.

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Lotus E21 Monocoque - side view drawing

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Lotus E21 Monocoque - top view drawing

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Lotus E21 Monocoque - front/rear view drawing

That's it of the mo, thx for watching.

Cheers,
Paul
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by hollus » Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:54 pm

Let me be the first to congratulate you in advance! Looking forward to all the incredible details.
This being you... I assume that the car will be built with "the device" as a dismountable option. But AFAIK we don't really know yet which pipes go where in that case... or maybe you have figured it out?

Edit: Whoever upvoted this, please, take the vote away and take a virtual spanking from me. What in that friendly greeting deserves to be highlighted as useful? The voting system is kind of useful is it is now (IMHO), if we start upvoting each other because we agree on opinions or because something is cool or funny, we'll descend into other-type-of-sites noise very quickly.

Edit-edit: Thanks.
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by N12ck » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:57 pm

maybe even make the ears cover-able and uncover-able!
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by CottrellGP » Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:29 pm

Hi Paul, i cannot wait to see the finished model, i love looking through your work keep up the fantastic work!!
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by ajdavison2 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:51 pm

love following these posts! Can't wait.

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by bar555 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:38 pm

drop me a notice in case you need extra images.Great effort BTW
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by Alonso Fan » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:54 pm

Fantastic!!

I'm looking forward to see your amazing work progress!

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by PaulB » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:39 pm

Hey folks!
hollus wrote:[...] But AFAIK we don't really know yet which pipes go where in that case... or maybe you have figured it out?
Already figured it out.

With the completion of the gearbox drawings for the Lotus E21 I'm now ready to start with the manufacturing of my project. The snag on the thing is, that I haven't found a store in Milton Keynes that features my glue (UHU hart). At least I managed to find a store that features my working material such like card, gold foil (for heat shields) and stuff like that.

Anyway, everything is completed for starting with the monocoques manufacturing. I've already done the first scheme for the monocoques basic structure ply. I've even eaten two packs of cornflakes that I have enough cardboard for the basic structure of the monocque. :)

Gearbox drawing of the Lotus E21 Titanium gearbox.
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As you can see, meanwhile I've enough stuff to start with the manufacuring of the car.
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The engine drawings I took over from the RB7.
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The first attempt scheme for the basic structure of the monocoque.
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Basic material for the monocoque structure is also ready. :)
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That's it for the mo, thx for watching.

Cheers,
Paul
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by Paul » Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:12 pm

Nestle should consider sponsoring you! :D

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by Stackhouse » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:18 pm

Can't wait to see this finished

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by marcush. » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:30 pm

paul ,
as much as I admire your papermodeling ...but are you sure one should eat those loops? I would certainly go ballistic if my kids would ask to buy a package of those..... :mrgreen:

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by PaulB » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:02 pm

Hey guys,

as you may have recognized, there wasn't a lot of action on my models the last days. Reason for that was, that my laptop was down and I had no material to work. Now these problems are conquered.
Paul wrote:Nestle should consider sponsoring you! :D
Maybe I should email them. ;)
marcush. wrote:paul ,
as much as I admire your papermodeling ...but are you sure one should eat those loops? I would certainly go ballistic if my kids would ask to buy a package of those..... :mrgreen:
Why not? They taste quite good. But after a few weeks you don't like them anymore, so I switched to cereal cockies a few week ago. :D

The basic upper shape of the monocoque is finished, now I just have to add a few inserts such as for wishbone or damper mounting points. I am thinking about doing a real inspection door as it is like at the real car at the top of the monocoque to reveal all the inside front suspension stuff as well as the pedals. Next steps will be to design the lower half of the monocoque with the keel and the cockpit floor as well as the fuel cell housing.

As usual I use the technical reguilation stuff for dimensioning the chassis:

-2013 FORMULA ONE TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
-Appendix to the 2013 FIA Formula One Technical Regulations

In the course of this building process I will refer again and again to this two documents.

The basic part of the monocoque - the first ever part of every car. If you are a bit creative, you can imagine how I bend this part and identify the monoqoues shape.
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Here you can see the basic shape with a few jigs to ensure that the chassis is within the regulations. Ref. 2013 FORMULA 1 TECHNICAL REGULATIONS-Drawing 5
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A few items to glue into the monocoque.
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Front bulkhead and front rocker bearing carrier. At the front bulkhead you can see the two big holes to adjust the front torsion bar springs. I assume to change the spring rate, they simply change the torsion bar. Also the four pick up points for the nose cone are visible.
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The basic shape of the cockpit rear end bulkhead (seperating wall between cockpit and fuel cell). I actually don't know if I just use it as a jig to bond the bulkhead into the chassis or if I use it as an integral structural part in the monocoque (bond it in).
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Cockpit entry template structural inserts left and right. The sheet between them is the jig to control the shape of the cockpit entry.
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Front bulkhead and rocker bearing carrier bonded in. At the cockpit entry template you can also see the inserts.
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Cockpit entry template. The inserts at the side have the function to reinforce this area of the chassis as it is naturally the weakest point at the monocoque as it represents a open profile and as we know, a open profile hasn't got a high torsional section modulus. I also used two different types of cardboard there: The outer shell of this inserts ifs from a card (some biscuits boxes :) ) and the core is a card with a bit a less density just to reach the needed thickness.
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by PaulB » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:08 pm

Finishing the structural framework of the chassis

Although I'm working a bit more at the RB10 at the moment, I managed to finish the structural framework of the monocoque/chassis of my Lotus. It's much stiffer than it was at my RB7. Also it's much more detailed and much better designed. When the RB7 monocoque was just the basic shape, I integrated some features like cutout for KERS battery or MGU (Motor Generator Unit). Also the internal structure is figured out much better. I tried to go down with the wall thicknes without loosing any stiffness or run the risk of getting flexible suspension mounting points. So I reinforced the structure just at the areas it's needed. More on this later.

Next thing to do: cover everything with nice carbon coating. :)

Top view: Not much to say about that. At the sides you can see the pontoons where also fuel is stored and electrical stuff is mounted (at the outside).
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Rear view: Here you can see the cutout for the engine oil tank. This area will get a bit more detailed when I cover it with the outer surface. At the bottom you can see the cutout for the KERS battery.
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Side view: Also not very much to say about this.
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Front view: The front bulkhead with its bores for front rockers and the four points for the nose pins.
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Bottom view: Here you can see very good the cutout of the KERS batterie. I have almost no information about this bit. I just have a picture of the last years KERS batterie with a mechanic. From this basis I calculated the rough dimensions of the KERS battery. I estimate the size of the battery at about 380x190x155mm (lxwxh). That results in a specific density of about 3.7g/cm³. When you consider the whole clearance and framework within the batterie, that sounds not far-fetched.
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Just a view from the rhs front corner.
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Of course presently I cannot bond the lower part to the upper one. Otherwise I would not be able to assemble the whole suspension stuff inside.
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View inside the monocoque. You can clearly see the whole inserts and reinforcements for suspension stuff and nose accommotadion.
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That's it for the mo.

Cheers,

Paul
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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by marcush. » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:31 pm

=D> =D>
nice display of your craft ...one of the rare highlights in this forum these days...thanks paul

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Re: A paperboard Lotus E21

Post by PaulB » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:20 pm

Lamination Process has started
marcush. wrote:=D> =D>
nice display of your craft ...one of the rare highlights in this forum these days...thanks paul
Thanks Marcus!

Now it's going to get really interesting. I try as hard as possible, to get the direction and types of the fibres as close as possible to the original. From the inside of the monocoque I have understandably no information about fibre types and directions. But basically in F1 they use three types of fibres: Plain/Basket, Twill and Satin. For Plain and Twill I found some good templates on Google, the Satin I did more or less by myself. Later on I will also have to rescale the textures, because, they use quite big mesh sizes on Plain types especially on the underbody. The direction of the fibres in the cockpit entry area, I can figure out from pictures. Inside the monocoque, I guess they will use mainly quasiisotrop laminate lay-up. So I will mainly use 90° Twill and a bit of Satin on some areas. The side impact Zylon fibres you will not see as they are somewhere under the CFRP fibres.

If somebody does not come to terms with this whole composite stuff, just email me.

Cockpit entry
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Chassis front with it's whole suspension stuff.
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Thanks for watching,
Cheers,
Paul
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