Introducing Unical Reparto Corse, a team of 30 highly motivated engineers from the University of Calabria (South of Italy).
The team has been participating at the Formula SAE competitions since the year 2006. During this time, they realized 5 cars. Limited budget did not keep this group from constantly innovating and creating. Most parts of their cars are created in their laboratories.
This year, at the Italian round of Formula SAE in Varano de Melegari, the team realized their best car “Aetos”.
They successfully completed all tests for the first time in their personal history resulting in a final score of 723/1000 points (an improvement by 300+ points since previous year when they scored 414/1000 points). They secured 4th position in the competition overall [Test specific ranks – 3rd position in Design, 6th position in Skid pad, 4th position in Acceleration, 7th position in Autocross, and 4th position in Endurance].
Giuseppe, team’s CAD specialist, talks about their design efforts in the making of this car –
“We have used a Bottom up method. We divided the car in different macro areas: Dynamics, Frame and cockpit, Engine and drivetrain, Electronics, and Aerodynamics.
During the first months we have designed and simulated all the parts in SOLIDWORKS 2015-2016. Then I worked on the final assembly. I realized it using a specific nomenclature. To have an ordered CAD, I created a nomenclature for each macro area of the car. The use of this code helped us to identify every single part of car; with this code I created a book with all car parts.
At the end, to have a realistic and accurate CAD, I have introduced appearances and decals. Finished the CAD, we have realized our car, called ‘Aetos’ a Greek word meaning ‘an eagle’.”
This year, the team has introduced several innovations. Some are given below:
- Homemade sintered parts integrated in frame
- Electro pneumatic shift
- New sintered intake system
- Renewed cooling system
Unical Reparto Corse team was sponsored by SOLIDWORKS in the year 2014 whence they started learning the software.
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