About this Course

Goal

Aerodynamics are the source of up to 80% of lap time performance in a race car. As a result, it is a critical aspect in modern vehicle design techniques.

This course highlights the fundamental concepts required to undergo a full aerodynamic development loop from design conception to results analysis.

Upon successful course completion, each student will receive an official Motorsport Engineer certificate. All students are free to interact with the instructor, benefit from industry networking opportunities, professional recommendations and advice. 

Syllabus

  • Key aspects of Race Car Aerodynamics
  • Introduction to Wind Tunnel testing
  • Introduction to CFD in Formula 1. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how Aerodynamics dictate race car design.
  2. Demonstrate a sound awareness of modern wind tunnel testing techniques used to analyse aerodynamic problems and solutions applied to solve said problems.
  3. Demonstrate competence in current virtual aerodynamic testing  methods employed in Formula 1 using Computational Fluid Dynamics.


This course is for you if...

  • you possess some degree of knowledge about fluid dynamics theory and principles
  • you are an engineering student who want to start a career the realm of F1 aerodynamics
  • you are a professional looking to learn about current aerodynamic development trends in F1

Your Course Instructor

Adrian Villar

 VFluid Technology MD


Adrian Villar


Adrian is the founder of VFluid Technology, specializing in fluid dynamics consulting, product development and training. 

His career started while he was studying Mechanical Engineering in Universidad Simon Bolivar where he became a member of the Formula SAE USB during three years and which opened the doors to write his dissertation with Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg. After graduating, Adrian moved to the United Kingdom to graduate with honors in the Motorsports Engineering master in science in the Oxford Brookes University. 

From 2010 Adrian worked as an Aerodynamics Engineer in multiple F1 teams gaining experience in product development, CFD methods and experimental testing. In 2017 he took on a new challenge at Dyson Automotive as CFD Lead for the aerodynamics team and later Team Lead. In 2020 he decided it was time to start his own Technical Consulting company VFluid Technology and become part of The Motorsports Engineer Network.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    #MotorsportTalks

  • 2

    Welcome to the course!

    • Message from the instructor

    • About this course and my personal experience

  • 3

    Key aspects of Race Car Aerodynamics

    • Typical structure of an Aerodynamics Department in Formula 1

    • The role of an Aerodynamics Engineer

    • The role of aerodynamics in race car design

    • Aerodynamic forces, moments and coefficients

    • Aerodynamic efficiency

  • 4

    Introduction to Wind Tunnel testing

    • The Wind Tunnel

    • Similarity conditions

    • Types of Wind Tunnels and their parts

    • The working section (part I)

    • The working section (part II)

    • Moving ground

    • Motion system and force measurements

    • The Wind Tunnel Model

    • Modern flow visualisation techniques

    • Inside a Formula 1 Wind Tunnel

  • 5

    Introduction to CFD in Formula 1

    • Computational Fluid Dynamics in F1

    • Lattice Boltzmann Method

    • Eulerian Methods

    • Turbulence Modeling

    • Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes Models (RANS)

    • Boundary Layer

    • Setting Up a CFD Simulation of an F1 Car (Part 1)

    • Setting Up a CFD Simulation of an F1 Car (Part 2)

Do you have any questions?

Should you have any questions regarding this course please email us at info@motorsportengineer.net and we will be very pleased to assist you.

The pre-launch offer has now ended.

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