Students used Siemens’ Solid Edge software to create virtual three-dimensional car designs. Siemens also performed 3-D Flow simulations to predict the car’s aerodynamic performance in a wind tunnel using Siemens’ SimcenterTM software.
“Students gained valuable design insight from the computer simulation results, leading them to create optimal aerodynamic lightweight design with minimal drag,” said Paul Caito, Director of Computer Aided Engineering at Siemens’ Center of Excellence. “The design, simulation and testing process that the students followed is aligned with the approach used by automotive manufacturers worldwide.”
KHS students were divided into five teams — body design, chassis re-creation, design surfacing, wind tunnel design and public relations.
“My students learned that hard work and perseverance pay off in the end,” Shields said. “They also learned how to overcome setbacks and embrace failure as an important and necessary part of the engineering design process.”
KHS senior Andra Malburg said the experience will aid her as she studies civil engineering at Lawrence Technological University this fall.
“This project gave me extensive experience with project management, teamwork and meeting deadlines,” she said.
The students raced in two heats at the speedway, competing against other high schools from across the country. In their first year of participation, they earned a 13th place finish overall and ninth place finish in their division.
“I am very proud of my students’ hard work,” Shields said. “We were competing against other more experienced and tested schools. We learned a lot at the race, and we will make the necessary modifications to improve our car and return to the race next year.”
Contact this contributing writer at email@example.com.