The Formula Blog

Mail update February 2020

Project Management

What I noticed in 2019 was that every period there is a new project manager which caused a continuous delay in the transfer of information due to the vision deviating from the predecessor. To break this pattern, the formula cruisers need a project manager to stay the full year, which is what I am pioneering. I am doing this with the intention that there will be a number of students sitting full-time for a year to realize the vision of the formula cruisers.

Behind the scenes I have talked a lot with Nellie van der Griend (faculty director) and Leonard Geluk (board of directors) to make it possible for students to be a part of the project as conveniently as possible for them, allowing them to do this as a part of their curriculum (internship, minor, or thesis).
I feel that this project deserves more attention from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, considering that TU Delft uses their dream teams as Marketing for their own faculties. Together with the marketing team of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, we are trying to attract the attention of minor, internship and program coordinators to demonstrate our abilities, similarly to how we have already been showing students at our multiple events each quarter.

Keep an eye on us, because history is being written in 2020.

– Giorsio Raboen

Chief Engineer

Just like the Project Manager, the Chief Engineer is essential for The Formula Cruisers. I have the responsibility to propagate the vision for the project, namely: build a safe and reliable electric formula student race car in one year, which minimizes lap-times through the use of aerodynamic features and a total weight reduction of 30%. Throughout static events scores a total of 100 points and dynamic events a total of 100 points of Formula Student Germany.
      Hard decisions have to be made to take small steps every year. It takes time to build a fully-fledged electric race car with front and rear spoiler, regenerative brakes and carbon fiber body. Furthermore it is important to maintain a phase per period: research, design, construction and testing. This requires hard decisions to be made.
There are a number of major obstacles within the engineering team; documentation of the HU-2 (the previous car), a lack of students, and minimal support from teachers. Just as Electrical Engineering, now Mechanical Engineering students are no longer advised to join the project as an internship. In short, this project needs more support from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
In an ideal situation we would like to implement a system into the curriculum of several technical studies that will allow for students to follow the project for the entire year without delaying study progress.
– Jeffrey Gorissen

Chassis

My name is Tobias Lödel and in the first half of 2019-2020 I was the chief of the team chassis. In this team you will be faced with many challenges that are essential for building a working Formula Student car. Below I explain what you should think about if you would like to end up with team chassis.
     
      It goes without saying that this team is responsible for the design and construction of a frame for the car. The most obvious option is a space frame; a frame that consists of all kinds of bars in the form of a framework. An alternative choice could be a monocoque. A monocoque is a frame and body in one. Such a component consists of composite and is made in a mold. A monocoque is indeed more expensive, but a lot lighter than a space frame. The construction of this is also a lot more complicated. In block 1 we focused on this and looked at whether this was an option for our car. Unfortunately, this was not yet possible within our time frame and budget. However, are you an IPO person or a WTB person, and do you feel like a challenge? Then the development of a monocoque may be just the thing for you.
We are now developing a space frame. It is important that we take into account every other department. The communication you have with other departments is fun and you learn the most important aspects of all components. We must ensure that the other departments can connect their components in or on our frame in order to eventually be able to build a moving car.
The chassis section also includes a number of other parts of the car. For example, we are the ones who must design the cockpit. That, of course, means that we determine the positioning of the seat, belts, and the handlebars. And we must also focus on a beautiful and aerodynamic bodywork.
All in all, team chassis is a very challenging and varied team, and it is a great experience to be part of this.
Tobias Lödel

Drivetrain

The year is almost halfway over for us, just like the development of the powertrain. In the first weeks of September, most of the research was done and global decisions were made. The development of the powertrain follows the vision of the entire car and must be simple and reliable.
Concepts for the individual aspects of the power train were made until November, such as different transmissions, differentials, motors, accumulator cells, motor controllers, cooling systems, etc. Decisions on these concepts have been made and most parts are ready to be ordered or manufactured. The assembly of the parts in the rear of the car is currently being completed. When this is completed, the actual building and testing can begin. The powertrain is also cooled by a combination of air and fluid.
Brent de Pater

Vehicle Dynamics

The Vehicle Dynamics department is responsible for the suspension, steering and braking of the HU-3. This year the team’s main focus is a weight reduction in comparison to last year’s car so the vehicle dynamics department is focusing on the switch from 13” rims to 10”. The goal is to make the most effective use of the new tire size to make the new car drive fast and well.
– Andy Hut

Aerodynamics

The aerodynamics department is responsible for the aerodynamics of the car; this means that we want the reduce the air resistance and maximize the down force generated. We want to achieve this through the use of aerodynamic features, which are modeled in a 3D environment.
– Papijn van Perge

Operations

What the operations team has achieved in the last quarter has taken the rest of the team by surprise. We did recruitment pitches across multiple faculties and did 4 simulator events in different locations, some of which we hadn’t been to before.

Starting in our own faculty in Delft, we continued on to the Main Campus the day after and proceeded to the sister faculty in Zoetermeer the day after. On the final day we visited another university, Inholland in Delft. The sim events have been deemed successful as we drastically increased awareness about the project. The winners were invited to compete in a kart race at the end of the week.
Our marketing officer has boosted our social media platforms keeping contact with the followers and keeping the sponsors updated. We also had a lot of team-building events to keep a good ambience between the co-workers. This included activities such as ice skating, karting, and dinners.
Our human resources automated the updating of the absence stats, which gives a clear overview of the punctuality of team members and pushes everyone to be on time. With this data we can build a better planning for the future.

– Idan Warth

Finance

The formula cruisers has been a technical project so far, done by students with a technical background. For this year the goal is to involve a wider range of disciplines to strengthen the group. Right now we are building the foundations to provide a place for financial and commercial studies to join the project and help the Cruisers flourish.
– Kevin Denkers