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Introduction to finite element analysis
Introduction to finite element analysis

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Step 1 – The component

As with the hub, we’ll be looking at a specific load case for the tub - one which enables the team to compare new designs or modifications from one model to the next.

Before we can consider building a model of the tub we need to understand what it is – what does it do and how does it interact with other components on the car?

We’ll begin with Lewis describing the component.

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The tub is made from carbon fibre composites. As a cocoon for the driver, it needs to be immensely strong and is subject to a range of impact tests to ensure that it meets the standards stipulated by the governing bodies of Formula 1.

We also know that all the car’s major components such as the engine are mounted directly onto the tub. And that the suspension members carry the forces generated by the wheels into the tub and out into the rest of the car.