• What Order Do Components Break? Applying Factors of Safety and Peak Loading Using OptimumKinematics Forces Module

    As with any aspect of vehicle analysis, simulation is a multi-faceted tool that is only as good as the user can make it function.  In addition to performing simulations that looks at how to achieve peak vehicle performance, a significant amount of effort needs to be directed towards how the vehicle can endure the loads being applied on the system, and what happens when things go wrong.  Understanding of design of a system ...

    Posted at June 25, 2019 | By : | Categories : OptimumKinematics Forces Module,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Optimum Kinematics Forces Module – Track Replay

    While there are plenty of methods that can be used to calculate the worst-case scenario for a vehicle’s suspension, there is no better way to know than from track data. Rather than estimating the performance envelope of a vehicle by considering the maximum forces that may be experienced by the vehicle, a track replay provides the realistic values based on the suspension08 loads seen on track. One of the features that has ...

    Posted at June 25, 2019 | By : | Categories : OptimumKinematics Forces Module,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • OptimumKinematics Forces Module – A Case Study

    OptimumKinematics aids users in the design and setup of their suspension in an intuitive and straightforward manner, providing useful analysis tools with a user-friendly visual interface. OptimumKinematics is the easiest way for engineers to understand and maximize the performance of their suspension kinematics. We know that being able to understand not only your suspension kinematic behavior, but also evaluating forces at each pickup point due to external forces becomes essential when designing ...

    Posted at June 25, 2019 | By : | Categories : OptimumKinematics Forces Module,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Considering Compliance: Using the OptimumKinematics Forces Module to Determine the True Toe Gain

    The Forces Module in OptimumKinematics is one feature that can not only benefit the performance of the car through optimization of component design, but also optimization of vehicle setup. Using OptimumKinematics Forces Module the user can use the Multiple Iteration Feature to determine the total compliance of an element under steering, heave, pitch or roll. This allows a user to more accurately predict where to setup components and extract a higher performance out ...

    Posted at June 24, 2019 | By : | Categories : OptimumKinematics Forces Module,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • OptimumG Announces New Software Pricing

    Centennial, Colorado – April 15, 2019 – OptimumG announced this week their move towards a subscription based software licensing on all of their software solutions including OptimumKinematics, OptimumTire and OptimumDynamics. This move was done in order to stay true to their company’s mission. OptimumG’s mission is being able to share the love of motorsports and vehicle dynamics by bringing innovative solutions to complex engineering problems. Because of this, OptimumG wanted to make their professional software ...

    Posted at April 15, 2019 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Throttle maps and tire wear

    In our recent article on the need of power in Formula SAE, we briefly looked at the throttle response of a specific engine. Mapping throttle pedal position to engine torque is a powerful tool for many vehicle dynamics engineers. This mapping can be done mechanically through the use of throttle linkages and cams on the throttle bodies. In other cases this mapping is achieved through mapping ...

    Posted at May 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off
  • It is all about horsepower… or is it?

    A vehicle’s performance can be described using many different metrics. The most commonly used is probably engine power. Whether your unit of choice is horsepower, kilowatts or calories per hour, the peak power of an engine is a number most people can relate to. It’s often thought that more engine power yields better performance - but in this article we are going to look at one example in which “more horsepowers” is not necessarily better.

    Posted at April 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off
  • Asymmetric Tire Data and OptimumTire

    One issue our customers come across every now and then is an asymmetric tire data set. The data set itself is not really the issue, but it can complicate the process of fitting tire models using OptimumTire. An asymmetric tire data set; is tire data collected on a tire testing machine (or vehicle) where parameters such as slip angle are not swept symmetrically around zero. The reason for limiting the test conditions like this ...

    Posted at April 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off
  • Linear or non-linear – that is the question!

    Among all the topics discussed during the Vehicle Dynamics and Control Seminar hosted in Cambridge last year, there was one issue the delegates seemed unable to agree upon. The handling limits of virtually all road vehicles are dictated by the tires, how much force they are able to generate in different conditions in the longitudinal and lateral direction. I will not go into how these forces are generated, but we can visualize their characteristics in ...

    Posted at March 19, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off
  • Has video killed data acquisition?

    Video killed the radio star is the title of The Buggles’ hit from 1979, their response to the upswing of music videos. In recent years video based data acquisition systems have become increasingly popular among weekend racers and smaller race teams. Has video killed the traditional data acquisition methods? Last year I had the opportunity to teach data acquisition to a group of automotive engineering students. One of the exercises we did ...

    Posted at March 12, 2012 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized | Comments Off
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