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The technology inside a modern Formula One car more resembles that of a modern fighter jet than of the cars we drive to go to work. Research never comes to an end and, typically, during the course of an F1 season lap times can improve in excess of 1.5 seconds.
Steve Diamond, Deputy Head of Stress Department for Lotus F1 Team, explains: “At Lotus F1 all our engineers constantly strive to improve the performance of the car. In the Stress Department our focus is not solely on providing lightweight structures capable of contending with the ever increasing loads due to the relentless aerodynamic development but we must also provide sufficiently stiff structures to improve vehicle handling. To this end, our engineers are required to make many design iterations within the tight deadlines available in order to arrive at an optimized solution.”Despite operating much closer to their structural limits than their aerospace counterparts, Formula One cars are today very safe vehicles to drive thanks to the advanced tools available to the group of engineers that form the Stress Analysis Department at Lotus F1 Team.
Steve Diamond continues: "After evaluating Anaglyph's Laminate Tools, we have now adopted this package as our primary tool in the Stress based ply definition of our chassis laminate and structurally critical composite components. This software has dramatically reduced laminate analysis turnaround times whilst providing a more optimized FEA process within the demanding timescales and allows for more detailed results interrogation with ease. Together with Anaglyph's excellent customer support the transition to Laminate Tools has been seamless, as well as being fully compatible for bi-directional data exchange with our other established composites design tools."
George Kretsis, Anaglyph's Managing Director, commented "We are very pleased to have Lotus F1 use Laminate Tools on such a critical part of their work. Our application can deliver the reliability and efficiency necessary for the task."
More information: www.lotusf1team.com/