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Young Race Engineers Visit Paderborn

Published: March 06, 2015

dSPACE trains the developers of Formula Student race cars

In the course of February and March, dSPACE again welcomed promising young professionals from motor racing and engineering at dSPACE GmbH in Paderborn. A total of 22 Formula Student developers visited their team sponsor to learn how to use the dSPACE development tools for open and closed loop control of their race cars.

On Thursday, the participants attended an in-depth presentation on designing wheel suspensions and optimizing the vehicle dynamics of their race cars by using specialized control electronics. In a hands-on workshop, the visitors then learned how to use the dSPACE experiment and visualization software, ControlDesk® Next Generation, and how to connect it to the MATLAB®/Simulink® development environment, which is widely used in universities.
On Friday, the students intensified their ControlDesk skills, especially with regard to acquiring and processing measurement data. In addition, dSPACE experts gave the young developers a detailed insight into the rapid control prototyping hardware MicroAutoBox II, which dSPACE provides to all racing teams it sponsors. MicroAutoBox II can be used to efficiently test electronic open and closed loop controls and develop them further to achieve race-winning lap times. This is possible for Formula Student vehicles with conventional or electric motors and on the test bench.
Since 2007, dSPACE has supported select Formula Student teams with development tools and technical know-how. In 2015, 22 academic racing teams benefit from this cooperation, which traditionally includes extensive training sessions. By getting involved in Formula Student, dSPACE is already thinking about tomorrow's need for skilled workers, helping young researchers to get their ideas on the road early on.

About Formula Student

Formula Student is an engineering design competition in which international teams of students plan and build their own race car to compete on internationally known race tracks. But building a fast for-mula race car is not the only goal of this competition. Design, financial planning and sales arguments also contribute to the success of the teams, which are evaluated by a jury of experts. The German race of the international Formula Student will take place at Hockenheimring from July 28 through August 2, 2015.