Newman Haas Racing engineers have a spring in their step now that they've figured a way to ensure that changes in springs in their suspension systems won't alter the balance of their cars.
The team, which races in CART events, is using MATLAB software and the MATLAB Data Acquisition Toolbox to test the springs, which determine the wheel rate, roll rate, and load transfer responses to acceleration, braking, and turning forces. Engineers are also using the software to test bump rubbers and push-rod load cells.
Newman Haas engineers used C++ to create a custom user interface that works with MATLAB.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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