CD-adapco Sponsors UoP Racing Team!
CD-adapco is the world's largest independent computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-focused provider of engineering simulation software, support and services. The company’s products allow users to solve problems from a lightweight computer, such us a laptop, while the computationally expensive problems done on a remote machine. This leads to a substantial reduction of the need for expensive desktop computers, something that other similar packages require. In addition they provide the ability to simultaneously solve fluid and heat transfer problem producing high quality results in a single code with minimum user effort.
This season they offer us licenses for their STAR-CCM+, STAR-HPC, Battery Design Studio and Battery Simulation Module and their Speed software for the design and analysis of electric machines products plus training services via webinars, tutorials and access to their support portal and a special seminar session for team members! We expect higher performance and more efficient results based on CD-adapco’s high quality products.
Thank you CD-adapco!
Pagoulatos Bros Machine Shop supports UoP Racing
We would like to announce the renewal of our cooperation with Pagoulatos Bros machine shop! Pagoulatos Bros’ experience and expertise have led to quality services for many years. We ought to recognize and gratefully thank them for the valuable help and support we received for machining parts for the car at the past and we focus on even better cooperation for the new year!
UoP Racing sponsored by B&T Composites
We are glad to announce the renewal of our cooperation with B&T Composites S.A.!
B&T Composites S.A is a Greek company which specializes in the manufacturing of advanced composite components. We would like to thank them for their latest sponsorship of the test carbon fiber tubes for the car’s half-shafts!
Patras International Circuit for Kart (P.I.C.K.) 2013
Patras International Circuit for Kart took place for the 5th time in the city of Patras in the last weekend of September. UoP Racing Team participated successfully one more time, giving us the opportunity to present to the local people of Patras and international visitors the latest member of our racing family. The UoP4e, being the first electric Formula SAE racecar designed and manufactured entirely by university students in Greece, got the attention of both visitors and presenters of the event and was cheered during some demo laps during Sunday.
This year Aristotle Racing Team (ART) participated at the event too, and we all had the chance to meet and exchange useful knowledge with other Greek students.
Below you can find some photos and videos from the event.
Formula Electric Italy 2013
UoP Racing Team competed this year with the team’s first electric racecar (the only racecar its' kind in Greece) in Formula Electric Italy 2013 held and organized by ATA and took place on September 13 - 16, 2013 in the Varano de' Melegari Circuit.
Participation to the FSE 2013 made us more confident with ourselves that we could meet our expectations for a great performance in Italy. Once again, the overall result of 16/24 in the electrical propulsion category is not what the team was aiming for, despite the fact that we achieved higher scores that Germany in almost every category of the competition.
Every aspect of the technical inspection procedure (Electrical scrutineering, Technical inspection, Noise test, Tilt test, Rain test and Brake test) was successfully passed on the very first attempt, proving that the vehicle was really well prepared. On the other hand, due to some organization problems of the competition, the technical inspection was delayed for our team, making it impossible to complete all safety tests but e-scrutineering the first day.
That led the team to the second day of the competition, the Static Events day, where we passed BPP (Business Plan Presentation) judging, Cost judging and Engineering Design judging plus the rest of technical inspection tests. Best result for us: 5th place on the Cost Analysis Event, rewarding the great efforts of the team members the whole season. Engineering Design Event resulted quite a high score for the team, considering the limited amount of self-developed electrical components and our main design goal for simplicity of the car. For the BPP, a new approach was decided and executed but again, it didn't seem to attract the judges. Taking advantage of a tiny gap on our schedule, we managed to spend some time on the test area that revealed some minor problems on our electronics configuration, which were immediately resolved.
With the dynamics events starting the next day, our first goal was to achieve participation to every event as Skidpad and Acceleration were held simultaneously in the morning, with Autocross in the evening. The main concern about acceleration event, power limitation violation, was successfully drawn away but the final results were not so good, compered to the amazing 3.21s of the winner team from ETH Zurich. Skidpad was the first event where we faced the difficulties of running under rainy conditions and consequently we didn't achieved the best that we could. The weather was against the team's attempts for the rest of the day and with no test area available we headed to the queue for autocross under heavy rain. Our first attempt was held under extremely bad conditions that made it difficult for the driver to push to the limit while the second went bad due to an electronic system's malfunction. At the the end of the day, shocking wet team members prepared the car for the endurance session of Monday's morning.
With a clear sky and great weather conditions, team was ready to achieve a great finish to the endurance event. Unfortunately, track layout issues, that other teams faced too, and differential misbehavior didn't let us complete more than 6 laps before being black flagged for "destroying" the track. Track marshalls were very strict and despite the general sense among teams that track design was limiting our efforts, their decision was final.
To sum up, the team is extremely happy passing all inspections on the first go and having a trouble free competition, as well as with comments and general interest on our car. However, competition organisational issues and track marshall decisions left the team with really bad impressions. The team was overly disappointed with the performance; a general feeling that we were not close to the actual car potential left a bitter taste to all team members. Now the team focuses all its strengths to a great new season in 2014!
Henkel awards us for our adhesion applications
During the Formula Student Electric competition at Hockenheim, the team awarded with the third place on the "Best use of Adhesives" special award, powered by Henkel. Prior to the event, we found out that we were among the 5 finalists for the Henkel Best Use of Adhesives Award! After a small presentation to the judges of the our concept for the CFRP A-Arms and the restraining system for the battery cells, we took the 3rd place award and some very good comments for the design and the implementation of the adhesion process.
Formula Student Electric (FSE Germany) 2013
UoP Racing competed with the team’s first electric racecar in FSE 2013 (Tuesday, 30th of July - Sunday, 4th of August) at Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
For the 3rd time, our team participated in the generally acknowledged to be the best and toughest completion in the world. The overall result of 29/40 in the electrical propulsion category is not what the team was aiming for, but considering the impact of our battery charger malfunction and the high level of the rest of the competitors, our final classification is just a fraction of the actual car’s potential and the team is aiming for better results in the upcoming competition in Italy.
During the Electrical inspection everything went well, considering it is the first time the team was facing the strict inspection of the scrutineers, except some minor issue with the grounding of some car parts. This kept us a little back but we passed faster than teams more experienced in the e-scrutineering. Then, in the main technical inspection, we were asked to make some minor adjustments and we continued with the tilt and brake test, both accomplished without an issue.
With no time to spare the team prepared for the static events of the next day. We achieved some great results in the FSE cost analysis event (10th place), while our design score reached the 28th with 80 points. Considering the limited amount of self-developed electrical components and our main design goal for simplicity of the car, the design results were better than what they look. On the other hand the presentation judges didn't seem to like our business plan...
Prior to the event, we found out that we were among the 5 finalists for the Henkel Best Use of Adhesives Award! After a small presentation to the judges of the our concept for the CFRP A-Arms and the restraining system for the battery cells, we took the 3rd place award and some very good comments for the design and the implementation of the adhesion process.
On the dynamics, going to the charging area the day before the first dynamic event, our charger broke down, leaving us with the power we had charged before leaving Patras. The team didn't manage to solve the charging issue, so it was decided that we will run all the competition with only one charge. Nevertheless we achieved a top 10 times in acceleration, but unfortunately disqualified for drawing 1 kW more than the limit of 85kW.
In wet skidpad, an issue with the motor controller appeared and made the car unresponsive and extremely slow. This was solved partially for the autocross event where, despite the lack of power we managed to achieve a time with both drivers. Finally in Endurance, with less than 35% of charge left, we manage to complete 13/19 laps, taking advantage of regenerative braking to re-charge as possible our battery.
Despite the difficulties that team faced in Germany, the overall impression was that the car had great potential for the upcoming competition in Italy.
UoP Racing Team sponsored by Delcam Hellas
Building a FSAE car involves a lot of parts manufacturing. More than 50% of the manufacturing is milling of aluminum and steel billets in order to produce the race cars parts such as the suspension uprights and wheels centers.
Such complex parts require a vast number of machining operations, making the CNC machining the only viable solution. This year UoPRacing had the opportunity to change our CAM system to the Delcam’s PowerMill to program the machining process of our new car parts. Delcam is the international leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing software (CAM), with PowerMill being the main product of the company.
The manufacturing team reports that PowerMill is far more powerful and versatile than the previously used system, enabling the manufacturing team to use more complex manufacturing strategies, enabling better material usage and higher quality level.
We would like to thank Delcam Hellas for supplying us with their top level software for the new cars manufacturing.
UoP Racing Team featured in redbull.com.gr
The official website of Redbull Greece recently posted an article about three of the Greek teams competing in the Formula Student series, including UoP Racing Team. The article contains also a Q&A section that reflect perfectly team's philosophy and passion for the "Design it, Build it, Race it" attitude. There are also similar sections for both teams of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly. We would like to thank Redbull for the dissemination of the project here in Greece. Below you can find the links (Greek language only) of the article and Q&A section:
Q&A section for UoP Racing Team
ISOVOLTA Group supports UoP Racing Team
We would like to thank ISOVOLTA Group for supplying us with DuPont Nomex® HV insulating sheets. ISOVOLTA Group is a leading international manufacturer of electrical insulating materials, technical laminates and composites and maintains a global presence. Nomex® insulating sheets will be used to separate our battery cells and provide insulation between the high-voltage tractive system and the driver cell. With a thickness of only 0.13mm, Nomex® Paper Type 410 can provide insulation up to 3600V , while being lightweight and easy to apply renders it ideal for our application. Thank you Isovolta!
Competitions registration - Car preparation/assembly
No vacation for our team members this year. Summer 2013 will be a very busy period for UoP Racing Team. The fully electric UoP4e car will compete in some of the most difficult competitions in Europe. Our team has successfully registered for both Formula Student Electric (FSE Germany) 2013 [car #E86] and Formula SAE Italy & Formula Electric Italy (Class 1E) 2013 [car #686].
While the first reports have been already submitted, the team is putting the final touches to the UoP4e and gearing up for an extensive testing period. Being able to have such a long testing and training period, the team will have the much needed time to get familiar with the electrical tractive system of the car and optimize the driving strategy for taking the most out of our the car’s potential. This makes the 2013 season to seem more promising than ever.
We would like to thank our sponsors for their continue support that enable us to target for the best results in the team history so far.
Formula Electric Italy 2012 withdrawal
In 2011 our team made a very brave decision: to design and manufacture UoP4e, an electric formula student car in one year. The target was to have the car ready and tested by September 2012 in order to participate in Formula Electric Italy competition which was due to be held 14th-17th of September 2012.
From the very begining the team realized it would be very challenging to achieve our goal, since we faced many obstacles in designing and especially in manufacturing an e-car. These problems, along with various delays from electrical components suppliers and shortage of some special parts made the target impossible to reach. As a result, UoPRacing didn’t participate in Formula Electric Italy 2012.
Nevertheless, we have managed to bring the car to a near completion level and this fact makes 2013 a very promising year for the team. Having it ready by the first days of the next year, we will have the time to test the car and get to know it, gaining important knowledge and experience for all its systems and improving them.
We would like to thank every single person and company supported as that difficult year and promise that we are going to give our best to achieve our goals next season.
UoP4e Manufacturing progress
During the past three months a lot of manufacturing progress was made. The majority of suspension parts were produced while chassis plug manufacturing completed. You can see some photos of the parts manufactured or arrived the the workshop the past weeks plus a video of of the chassis plug.
Melasta supports UoP Racing Team
Melasta is specialized in research, development (R&D),production and marketing of rechargeable batteries, chargers and additional technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Production facilities produce according to newest international standards such as CE, KC and RoHS certified. This season they provide us the Li-PO battery cells needed to build our battery pack. We would like to thank them for their help and support!!!
Easy Composites supports UoP Racing Team
We are happy to announce our cooperation with EasyComposites/CarbonMods. Easy Composites Ltd is a leading supplier of advanced composite materials to individuals, businesses and educational institutions, with years of motorsport background and practical expertise. They will support our team with raw material and tooling for the manufacturing of our new racecar, as well as provide valuable technical advice.
UoP3Evo at the Transport Research Arena Conference
The UoP3Evo at the Transport Research Arena Conference -TRA 2012 which took place in Athens, from 23rd to 26th April 2012. More info on http://www.traconference.eu
Formula Seven supports UoP Racing Team
Formula Seven is a design, development and manufacturing company of motorsport components specific for Formula SAE competitions. This year they support our team with their top quality carbon fiber steering rack, customized to our specific needs. The rack allowed us to save more than 70% of weight on our steering system. We would like to thank them for their help and support!
Elithion supports UoP Racing Team
Elithion is a privately held Corporation in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to the development and marketing of electronic solutions for the Lithium Ion battery industry. This year they support us with their technical advice about Lithiumate™ Battery Management System and the battery pack assembly. Thank you Elithion!!!
KA Sensors Ltd supports UoP Racing Team
KA Sensors Ltd are a specialist manufacturing company based in Grantham, UK. Its' engineering staff with more than 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of sensors and instrumentation systems ensures the top quality of their product range. This year they are supporting our team with all the sensors vital to monitor and optimize the performance of our racecar. Thank you KA Sensors!!
UoP Racing Team goes electric!!!
We are happy to announce some great news: We go "green"!!! We are going to built an all-electric vehicle, designed to be the highest performance UoP Racing Team's car so far - yet electric. Our target is to prove that electric FSAE cars can be very exciting too, considering the fact that they are now as fast, if not faster, than the petrol cars as the technology catches up. We believe that there is an ongoing green revolution, even in automobile racing, and we are glad to be a part of that effort.
We have successfully registered for the Formula SAE Italy 2012 competition in class 1E and we are participating with UoP4e, a car designed with realistic targets, keeping in mind the difficulties an inexperienced team like ours could face building such a car. Due to the limited resources available, straightforward solutions were chosen for many parts of the vehicle. Some quick specs:
Busy months December & January
The past two months were way too long for UoP Racing Team. A lot of hard work was done: A complete CAD design for almost every single part of the car is ready by now and only some minor changes are going to be made (if needed) until the final design of UoP4. Additionally, plenty of experiments about carbon fiber chassis' integrity and stiffness were made (the results taken where close to the estimated values, verifying our FEAnalysis models). Plus, many parts were purchased and we are now waiting for them to arrive to our workshop.
During that period, many team members were in contact with some major companies in Europe and worldwide in order to gain their support for our project. That's the reason why we now have in our racing family brands like Sony Greece, RedBull Greece, 3DConnexion, Eurocarbon and more to be announced soon. We would like to thank them for all these great stuff they offered us and we hope to continue cooperating with all of them.
Stay tuned with team's progress via our official Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Sony Greece sponsors UoP Racing Team
We are happy to announce our partnership with Sony Greece! Sony sponsors us with their top of the range VAIO series laptops. Every VAIO includes the most innovative technology available to give you the best possible computing experience. In FSAE, reliability is everything – VAIO notebooks are rigorously tested to make sure they work faultlessly in real-life environments. Visit the company website on www.sony.gr.
Thank you Sony Greece!!!
3DConnexion sponsors UoPRacing!
3DConnexion, a pioneer in CAD design interface, sponsors our team with their 3D mice. With a 3D mouse users can pan, zoom and rotate as if they’re holding the model in their hand, and leads to shortened product design cycles, a reduction in work-related fatigue and improvements in design quality. Thank you 3DConnexion!! Visit 3DConnexion on: http://www.3dconnexion.com/
SPA DESIGN supports UoPRacing Team
We would like to thank SPA DESIGN for their generous discount on their superb quality electrical quick release. Thank you SPA DESIGN !
Tiriakidis/B&T composites sponsors UoPRacing
We are happy to announce our partnership with Tiriakidis/B&T composites! Tiriakidis/B&T Composites is a leading manufacturer of FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastics) Composites, located in Greece, and will support us with high quality production of overbraid carbon fiber parts. Visit the website of the company: http://www.tiriakidis.com/
Eurocarbon continues supporting UoPRacing!
Eurocarbon continues to sponsor our team with their high quality carbon fiber fabrics. Eurocarbon is a producer of tubular and flat braids, woven tapes and fabrics, primarily used in the composite industry since 1982. We already got delivery of a massive quantity for our new monocoque. Thank you Eurocarbon!
RedBull Greece supports UoPRacing!
There are some times in FSAE, where a little boost is all you need. RedBull not only gives it, it also gives us wings! We would like to welcome their support!
Busy month October
The return to the shop after the P.I.C.K. event was followed by a whole-car disassembly process. Every single part of the car was taken apart, cleaned out well and (the most important part of the process) weighed, in order to document everything and continue with the design of our new vehicle focusing on further reducing the weight where possible. The car was quickly re-assembled and ready for winter testing of 2012's parts.
New Members Recruitment Day were also scheduled, including a car show event in campus, so as to attract new members from every faculty of the University of Patras. Everyone was impressed from the technical details of UoP3Evo and the know-how of the team. At the end, the event was a big success and the team will handle the 2012 build with more members than ever!
The weekly team meetings continue and the final decisions for the 2012 concept are about to be taken. Stay connected with team's progress via our official Facebook and Twitter accounts.