This week, we introduce the division responsible for everything the eye can see: the Aero Division. ‘Aero’, short for aerodynamics, designs the exterior of the car and explores various design options to reduce air drag. In addition, they build thermal modeling for the battery pack.
The 15 members are designing exteriors of cars using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. They will later run test simulations in computational fluid dynamics, STAR-CCM+, and ANSA to identify the best designs and weed out the least efficient options.
Anil Salgar, a junior in Aeronautical Engineering and the division lead, claims the biggest challenge is getting everyone up to speed and teaching them the software. Engineering in CAD systems is difficult to grasp, and the entirety of a new Aero member’s first semester is spent learning how to manipulate CAD. Thus, he would like to give a shout out to Steven Dowding for training both him and others in Siemens NX and Fluent, which are necessary to master early in the design cycle.
The team looks forward to working together in the future. As Anil puts it, “Everybody has a different skill and its nice to see everyone come together with different ideas”.