2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 4, 2017 11:16 AM by Martin Brown

    Deformable Aerofoil

    Martin Brown



      I started racing this year in a Time Attack style circuit event, I enjoy the engineering behind motorsport as much as the racing.


      I initially decided I wanted to make an Active rear Aerofoil that would reduce downforce/drag by the push of a button like F1. but also flip up to act as an air brake when hitting the brakes. I've been informed I'm not allowed such a set up... (Still going to make one to use for other race series)


      Now I'm looking at a deformable rear aerofoil that flattens as the speed increases to give less downforce/drag. (I'm not running big power so this would be an advantage to me)
      Does solidworks have the functionality to allow me to model an aerofoil and observe the deformation at certain speeds (Mph/Metres per second etc) as well as providing me with how much downforce it's providing?


      If not, could you suggest software that would?





        • Re: Deformable Aerofoil
          Oliver Washington

          Hi Martin,


          I have never done this myself, but you should be able to get a reasonable approximation with a mixture of the SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation and Simulation Packages. First of all, using the Flow Simulation package, you are able to calculate the resultant forces. You can then directly transfer these forces into a Simulation which will give you the deformation. You may need to run a number at different speeds (Using a design Study) to reproduce a number of speeds.