The Management Team is responsible for the overall project. They ensure that the team has all of the resources they need. Next to that, they make inter-department decisions to make sure that we reach our team goal. They hold oversight over the resources, the time available, the technical quality and the people.
THE CORE TEAM
Chief Software & Controls
Chief Autonomous & MCs
The aerodynamics department is in charge of the airflow around the car. They use computational fluid dynamics and test data to optimize the shape of the chassis and design wings and diffusers which maximize downforce and funnel air for cooling. Due to the strict regulations the formula student competition places on aerodynamics, our aero engineers have to be exceptionally creative.
The chassis department is one of the most versatile in all of Formula Student team Delft, using the expertise of many studies, from mechanical engineering to industrial design. The chassis is designed in detail, incorporating factors such as weight, stiffness and ergonomics. In this process making trade offs is key, for example you can make the car as stiff as you want, but by doing so you're adding weight, so finding the perfect balance between advantages from stiffness and disadvantages from weight is essential to the performance of the car.
Elia Dalla Piazza
Mario Morales López
Rufus van Roojen
Where a conventional car has a engine to gearbox and driveshaft to get the power from the engine to the wheels, in our racers the system is a little different. Our drivetrain department has continued to innovate over the past years, finding new ways to deliver our power, which now happens through a set of planet gears in a bespoke inner wheel concept. This out-of-the-box mentality is a standout feature for our drivetrain department and its engineers, with a constant strive to increase efficiency and decrease weight.
Meis van Gurp
Connected directly to the motors of the drivetrain, is the powertrain. The powertrain transforms the car from just a rolling chassis to a full blown formula student race car. The powertrain department is responsible for the motor controllers and accumulator. The accumulator stores the energy the car needs to complete the 22 km’s of endurance at the competition, and is one of the most complex, and strictly governed (by the rules) assemblies of the car. The motor controllers transform the dc current from the accumulator to the ac current required by the motors. They also contain a large variety of control systems to maximize the car's performance. These motorcontrollers are being designed and tested in house by the powertrain department.
David Julian Hasler
Javier Páez Arjona
Youri ten Brink
In order for the team to successfully design a new car from scratch every year we need to set goals for each department. These goals are based on a combination of previous results and well thought out simulations. This part is handled by our vehicle dynamics department, therefore they shape the car in the early stages of its development. In addition, the controls engineers simulate the car dynamics and provide the torque demands for the motors. Through complex controls systems, the optimisation of car performance is the ultimate goal.
Cesar Iglesias Olloqui
Jorge Perez Ruano
Klaas de Boer
The operations department is the hidden motor behind the team. It consists of a variety of students and their main goal is to get the team through the year as smoothly as possible. From arranging team weekends and supplying the team with food to giving business presentations, planning the race events, and contacting sponsors, the tasks of the operations crew are essential for a well-functioning team. You get to meet lots of people and gather broad knowledge of the car and its engineers as you fill in a communicative and managerial role within the team.
Software & Controls
The frontier of the automotive industry today exists in autonomous technology. In 2019 we built our first autonomous vehicle in partnership with MIT. This year Formula Student has challenged us to build a car which works both with a driver and in a driverless mode. Our S&C department is tackling this endeavor.
S&C writes all of the code which runs on every one of the circuits in the car (there are many circuit boards). While it is easy to spot a broken suspension rod, software problems are more difficult to detect and can be more devastating than issues in most other departments. Fortunately our software team is made up of particularly diligent individuals who ensure our car runs reliably come race time.
In addition, the controls engineers simulate the car dynamics and provide the torque demands for the motors. Through complex controls systems, the optimization of car performance is the ultimate goal.
Our car is basically a computer on wheels - a very fast one, mind you - so having a good team of electronics experts is crucial to getting around the track as quickly as possible. Mainly populated by electrical engineers, the electronics department offers great insight in high- and low voltage applied electrical systems. There is also a huge responsibility for the embedded department, as the components should be sealed off very well. Not just to comply to the rules of the competitions, but more importantly to ensure the safety of our entire crew. This is especially hard with the accessibility of the electronics systems in mind, as we need to be able to change malfunctioning components in the blink of an eye at the events.
Thomas van Haarst
Tim den Blanken
Connecting the wheels of the car to the chassis may seems like an easy task, but it is one of the most crucial parts in optimizing the performance of the car. To achieve this a blend of skills including FEM simulation, materials testing and systems engineering is required throughout the year. With setup parameters such as spring- and anti roll bar stiffness, camber and toe our suspension engineers ensure that the chassis, wings and tires are always in optimal position, whilst keeping the ride comfortable and interactive for our drivers.