Triple Eight Race Engineering of Banbury, UK entered the 2003 British Touring Car circuit with an edge over competitors: The team had swept the driver team and manufacturer titles the last two years. Enabling their fast times: software, including ALGOR and AutoCAD. Engineers used ALGOR's InCAD technology to exchange data with AutoCAD as they performed linear static stress analysis on the load-bearing components on their Vauzhall Astra Coupe race cars. Among the components they've optimized: the front upright, damper top mount, upper and lower engine mounts, and front anti-roll bar blade. ALGOR's full associativity has helped engineers improve their efficiency and quality of design, says John Morton, the team's chief designer. He plans next to use the software company's mechanical event simulation and linear dynamic analysis software to understand more about the dynamic behavior of the car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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