Hi...i am a member of the team 5 4 0 YEAH! and i have a few questions regarding the aerodynamics and a few other related issues.
Just to give you a brief introduction about this challenge:
F1 in Schools is a multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature gas powered balsa wood F1 cars.
The cars are powered by CO2 canisters, which are punctured to release the car at speeds of up to 60kmph. The objective of the race is to tear down 20 meters in under a second.
1)questions regarding the aerofoil:
-what should the angle of the aerofoil be.....how much of a difference will it make?
-should we have side fins attached to the spoiler?
-for the front aerofoil would curves make sense?
2)should we have deflectors in front of the rear wheels?...if yes what purpose does it serve and how high should it be?
-how big should it be in terms of the diameter?
-should the wheels be thick or thin?
-what are ideal materials that could be used for the wheels?
4)axles---we were thinking of aluminium or carbon fiber axles....we just wanted to know how thick should it be...so that it does not shatter!
5)ball bearings.....we just wanted to know if they were actually required...or if was just enough for the axles to rotate?
6)one of our cars is based on the design of a bullet...is the aerodynamically viable?...if yes...how agressive should it be?
as you can see, we have a lot of questions!
any help would be extremely appriciated!
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