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Materials 2017, 10(6), 620; doi:10.3390/ma10060620

Experimental Modeling of a Formula Student Carbon Composite Nose Cone

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Design, Technology and the Environment, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, UK
Academic Editor: Thomas Fiedler
Received: 16 December 2016 / Revised: 5 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2017 / Published: 6 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Materials in Motorsport)


A numerical impact study is presented on a Formula Student (FS) racing car carbon composite nose cone. The effect of material model and model parameter selection on the numerical deceleration curves is discussed in light of the experimental deceleration data. The models show reasonable correlation in terms of the shape of the deceleration-displacement curves but do not match the peak deceleration values with errors greater that 30%. View Full-Text
Keywords: CFRP; carbon composite; nose cone; Formual Student; numerical modeling CFRP; carbon composite; nose cone; Formual Student; numerical modeling

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