I'm not going to open an engine up. Don't have a vehicle nowdays, so that pretty much rules that out. An old MGB GT would be nice though ! I was just talking about designing an engine on CAD, pretty safe ! This is what I am doing at my university for my final yaer project on and hence wanted to look into varaible valve timing mechanisms http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/dynamic/hcci_control/index.html . Oh, and I have just managed to get my hands on ADAMS, for another project. What did you mean, when you said that ADAMS was force based ? Let me know please !
You don't need to be sorry, I understand that keeping in touch on what can only be described as facebook for engineers is rather cumbersome, talking over a fancy VOIP thing would be so much more easier.
I am trying to convince RM Auctions Europe to hire me as an engineering salesman who sells racing cars based on their engineering and engineering drawings, rather their on their race history alone. The rationale here is that it allows me to buy some time to sit for entrance examinations for California Tech and Ecole Polytechnique . As a part of this, I am trying to use the 917/30 Can - Am car as an example. So, I looked up the papers on SAE and found this paper on turbos by Hans Mezger himself. In the UK, I am entitled to free copies of most IMech E papers as a student member. Do you have something similar in States that lets you view technical papers ?
Mr. Smith's books are great and are filled with an honest sense of humor, that is rather nice. Which chapters in Tune to win have you personally read ?
I spent most of yesterday trying to learn how to make a decent pasta ( my cooking is not the stuff of legends, and I do have to subject myself to it quite often, so this non- automobile activity had to be carried out ). I will contact the good folks at ADAMS after work tomorrow, and see if they are wiling to oblige.
No, I'm not familiar with Optimum T, but now courtesy you I am :)
Allow me to tell you more about your current predicament - I#m currently on my placement year ( co -op year to you ) as a part of my penultimate year of automnobile Engineering education.
Much to my amazement, most people at my school have a rather strange attitude towards Formula Student ( Europe's answer to Formula SAE ). So, during my year away from university, I picked up a few books on suspensions and wings from the IMechE ( Think of it as a European ASME and SAE put together ) library here.These include the likes of
Tune to Win and Racing Suspension an Chassis Design by Carol Smith. The former with it's various wishbone layouts sent me brain into a bit of dizzy, I looked up suspension analyis software and met Optimum K on Google as a result.
Race Car Vehicle Dynamics and Chassis Design by MILLIKEN & MILLIKEN
I am currently reading the former as a part of my efforts to understand how suspensions are modeled mathematically and usually sit by lakes and watch swans to pacify my brain as I do this.
Honestly speaking , I haven't moved a suspension either on ADAMS or MATLAB, but would love to so, if I could get my hands on the software. And , then one day I would like to take all this and apply it to a Porsche Le Mans prototype that wins. Succinctly put, that's all I want to do in my life , for now atleast.
What kind of composites are you into. and which part of SAE are you involved with ? Random add, but your profile flashes up on the Engineering Exchange homepage, so curiosity dicated that I check it out !