On the morning of May 31, some of our Mechanical Team members received an exclusive workshop session on the basics of the Vehicle Dynamics Library in CATIA V6.
Aventec has been a long time sponsor and friend for our team. During reading week, several team members attended a weeklong CATIA training workshop to get started with the program. Since then, many mechanical components as well as the overall aerobody shape have started taking shape. To take full advantage of the CATIA Suite, our next step is to learn how to use the Vehicle Dynamics Library to model the dynamic performance of the solar car when all the subsystems are integrated together. This is an exciting first-time endeavor for us because until now, we could only perform static analysis of vehicle behaviour.
The friendly staff from Aventec set up a webinar exclusively for our team members and walked us through the basics. We learned about how to build off of both templates as well as from scratch in the program. With this knowledge, we are now able to develop a better understanding of the effects of different parts on the vehicle through visualization. More importantly, we will be able to simulate the stability and handling of the car prior to real world testing.
Even though most of our mechanical systems and the aerobody shape are still in the designing stage (seriously, the 2013 WSC regulation isn’t even coming out for another week!), a team of mechanical team members have begun exploring the program to prepare for when the time comes. We are very grateful for the help that Aventec and Dassault systems have given us towards developing the next generation solar car!