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Optimizing the Aero-Suspension Interactions in a Formula One Car
The interactions between the multilink suspension system of an open-wheeled race car and therefore the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance are modeled and optimized. The closed-kinematic loops related to the suspension mechanisms are modeled as a set of nonlinear equations that are derived employing a initial principle kinematic analysis. For the purpose of optimal control calculations, the solutions to these equations are approximated by multivariate polynomials in the traditional tire forces. It is shown that the automobile’s suspension motion will have a vital impact on the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle. Optimal control calculations are used to illustrate the impact of aero-suspension interactions and adjustments on the lap-time performance of the automobile.
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