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Materials (Basel). 2017 Jun 6;10(6). pii: E620. doi: 10.3390/ma10060620.

Experimental Modeling of a Formula Student Carbon Composite Nose Cone.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Design, Technology and the Environment, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1HX, UK.


A numerical impact study is presented on a Formula Student (FS) racing car carbon composite nose cone. The effect of material model and model parameter selection on the numerical deceleration curves is discussed in light of the experimental deceleration data. The models show reasonable correlation in terms of the shape of the deceleration-displacement curves but do not match the peak deceleration values with errors greater that 30%.


CFRP; Formual Student; carbon composite; nose cone; numerical modeling

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The author declares that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

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