Our Chief Electronics introducing himself (and his blog)

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Introduction year 2016-2017

My name is Sieger Falkena and I am this year’s chief electronics at Forze. This means that I am responsible for all the electronics and software within the car. Last year I joined the team in the electronics department. I designed and build the complete driver interface including the steeringwheel, dashboard, accumulator level led board and the dashboardnode. I liked it that much, that I decided to join the team for a fulltime year.

So, the new board has been made. The whole board consists of fulltime students working in different departments as described under the photo. So, the year has been started and in the month of September all the new parttime students have been recruited. (Electronics can still use more people, so feel free to contact us for joining the team).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_content” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”7305″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

 

Board X, from left to right, from top to bottom: Colin Heimans, Chief Aerodynamics – Mathieu Blanke, Acquisitions & Events Manager – Coen Lastdrager, Chief Vehicle Dynamics – Joost Berendsen, Chief Engineer – Beau Smit, Chief Fuel Cell – Mats Dirkzwager, Team Manager – Tinie Lam, Marketing Manager – Oscar Verbeek, Technical Manager – Sieger Falkena, Chief Electronics[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In the meantime, a lot of work has been done. A lot of parts have been produced for the car and a lot of testing has resulted in an almost working car. In the next couple of blogs, some important parts of the car will be highlighted, starting in the next post with my own project reflecting what I’ve done and build last year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Forze at Green DRIVE Project Conference in Antwerp

Forze is invited to speak!

Friday, we will be at the Green DRIVE Project Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, to talk about tomorrow’s racecars. This conference brings people together from Industry and Higher Education to discuss the needs of the automotive industry and the challenges for Higher Education to fulfill these needs and to enhance research collaboration.

The conference is held at the University of Antwerp on 22 & 23 September 2016.

Interested? See you in Antwerp!

For more information about Green DRIVE Project Conference, see http://www.master-greendrive.eu/conference/ .

JOIN THE DREAMTEAM

Are you up to the challenge?

 

Are you looking for an awesome and unique experience while studying? Are you hands-on, motivated and a fast learner?

Forze Hydrogen Electric Racing is recruiting now, join the dreamteam!

What we can offer:

  • Experience in multiple fields
  • Learn to operate in a multidisciplinary team
  • Special track to learn all the basics you need
  • Part-time starting from ± 15 hours per week up to full-time

Interested? Get in touch!

Interest Drink I   Thursday 22 September 2016   18:00   Dreamhall, Stevinweg 4

Interest Drink II   Tuesday 27 September 2016   18:00   Dreamhall, Stevinweg 4

or send an e-mail to recruitment@forze-delft.nl including your motivation letter and CV before 1st of October 2016.

Board X

Introducing Board X

Last week, all TU Delft students began or continued their studies. Last week was also the first week for Board X at Forze Hydrogen Racing, and it has been an exciting one. Thank you Board 9, for this wonderful opportunity, we will not disappoint you. We will do more than our best to make this a marvelous tenth year of Forze, cheers to that!

Board X, from left to right:
Oscar Verbeek, Technical Manager
Mats Dirkzwager, Team Manager
Sieger Falkena, Chief Electronics
Mathieu Blanke, Acquisitions Manager
Coen Lastdrager, Chief Vehicle Dynamics
Tinie Lam, Marketing Manager
Colin Heimans, Chief Aerodynamics
Joost Berendsen, Chief Engineer
Beau Smit, Chief Fuel Cell

The Forze VII is Unleashed

Foto Oscar Schenk ©

Assen, August 7th – After months of hard work, it finally pays off: student team Forze from Delft University of Technology presents the new hydrogen race car of the future. The Forze VII was officially unveiled on Sunday during the Gamma Racing Day.

It was a historical moment for the 65 students who have been working impossibly hard to deliver this car. Former formula 1 driver Jan Lammers was the first to take a seat in the car after the unveiling. Lammers was obviously impressed by the progress made by the students. “The complexity of the car is enormous, but we have focused on realising an incredibly advanced race car with larger endurance,” as proud team manager Rick Everaert says.

Progress

Tests are underway and the results are promising. It is extremely important that the car can cover long distances safely and meet all strict safety conditions of racing, before it can set records. Nevertheless, it will not take very long anymore before the Forze VII will prove itself on the asphalt.

 

 

Hydrogen Race Car of the Future Ready For Unveiling

Forze presents the new Forze VII

After revealing the design on the 10th of March, TU Delft student team Forze has been working very hard to produce and realize their hydrogen supercar. Several months later, the Forze VII will now be presented to the public for the very first time on Sunday 7th of August 2016 during the Gamma Racing Day. The official unveiling will happen at 10.00am at the TT Circuit in Assen. During this presentation, Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers will do the honors.
Lammers is excited about the Forze VII: “It is important that our country is aware of the alternatives of fossil fuels. Naturally, this hydrogen race car will battle against fossil fueled cars: hydrogen is an alternative with unlimited possibilities, unlike the limited amount of fossil fuel. I will follow the news of Forze with much interest.”

Tests

“Tests are running well,” says team manager Rick Everaert, “although it is obvious that there is still a lot of work to do before this supercar will win races,” he continues. It is important that this car can cover long distances safely. Therefore more time for testing is needed before the Forze VII can set new world records.

Technology

The Forze VII is a hydrogen-fueled car. This means that hydrogen is tanked, which is an expertise of the new main sponsor Pitpoint. Together with oxygen from the air, this will be converted into water and electricity. The cars of Forze are the only racecars on earth which can be driven without any harmful emissions. Also, refueling is just as fast as normal fossil fuel, which is a big plus, according to team manager Everaert. Students of the TU Delft use many innovative technologies like KERS (Kinectic Energy Recovery Systems) which can be found in Formula 1 cars as well.

Specifications

0-100 km/h <4 seconds

Topspeed 210 km/h

Fuel Cell power 100 kW (135 hp)

Boost power 200 kW (270 hp)

Weight 1100 kg

Size 4,6 x 1,90 m

Production of the Forze VII

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6925″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6927″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]To start testing the car, off course we need fuel cell power!  To be able to dissipate more than 100KW of heat produced by the fuel cell, the fuel cell department has to install the cooling radiators. These have to cool the equivalent energy consumption of 100 households. The installation is nearly finished as you can see on the picture.

The fuel cell team has also been busy with testing the AMK, the electromotor that pumps the required air into the fuel cell system. We can safely say it works according to specs and the cooling cycle works as it should. This also means that all required components are finished, and are also in the car already.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The bodywork is beginning to take shape! The lamination of the panels have had some delay but Jasper and Casper are working very hard to make sure these panels are all finished when needed. The ducts are already finished and assembled. They are ready for final trimming and fitting to the car, but wait there is more! Three of the four big moulds have been laminated and the parts look very nice when they came out the mould; very little mould residue. The bottom plate which houses several components and has the functionality to create downforce and reduce drag  has been fitted to the car. Also, the front wing and duct leading edges are currently being milled.  The picture shows the progression of the cooling ducts in the car. I hardly dare to say so, but they look really cool![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6926″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6928″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The Electronic department may be one of the most dedicated departments lately. They are so busy since they are involved in nearly every component that comes in the car. The electronics guys have been busy with assembling the PCB’s and their respective casings. Furthermore, Fokker Elmo dropped by to give some more shielding material and also gave a short lesson on how splice or not to splice. This is very welcoming since the wiring tree is coming along nicely! With the help of old board members, very much appreciated, the cable loom is going strong. But it proves a lot of work. Also, we started the milling of the bussbars, which is not as much work as we thought. And the moulds for the buffer casings are also at the foundry as we speak.

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Begin production of Bodywork

IMG_7027The production of the bodywork and aerodynamic components is well on its way, which is a delight to many! This week, the three panels for the bottom plate went into the autoclave to cure. Holland Composites was kind enough to put our panels in their autoclave. The panels consist of lightweight aluminium honeycomb with skins on the top and bottom made from a mix of carbon fibre and Dyneema fibre that we got from DSM. In this way, we combine the best of both worlds with the strength of the carbon and toughness of the Dyneema in order to get both a stiff and robust undertray. The stiffness is important mainly so that it supports the side pod and other bodywork well whereas the tough Dyneema functions to protect the underside of the car from gravel and the curbstones on the racetrack. We produced the skins before bonding them to the core material in the autoclave, which for some of the newer team members meant their first practical experience with composites production. Because the bottom plate is flat, we laminated the skins on aluminium sheets that Plaatopmaatwinkel.nl provided for us.

 

 

IMG_7025The moulds for the main bodywork panels arrived Wednesday evening after a trip to Solicam, the company who produced them, to pick them up. An exciting moment after waiting a few weeks while the mill was chipping away. In the coming weeks, a part of the team will focus on preparing the moulds and laminating the carbon fibre body panels. We are laminating by hand, after which we apply pressure on the product using a vacuum bag, in order to draw out excess resin and consolidate the panel. We are using quite a lot of different materials for this process, and Bouwmeester Advanced Composites B.V. was kind enough to provide us with them. These body panels will really shape the car! Most of the body panels are not yet critical for testing since a lot of the testing will be done on a dyno or at low velocities. The bodywork serves mostly to protect the components in the car, and some parts create downforce in order to gain more cornering speed.

Stay tuned for more technical updates!

Delivered parts of Forze VII by our sponsors

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To test our energy buffer, which is used to temporarily store energy from our fuel cell during driving, we’ve used the power supplies delivered by Delta Elektronika bv and a large tram radiator delivered by ALSTOM. Testing our energy buffer is very important, so thanks a lot for delivering these items![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6887″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6857″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]A crucial part of the Forze VII is the monocoque. This monocoque, which can be seen as the skeleton of the car, is produced by ADESS. The rear subframe is designed by our team members, but ADESS made it possible to produce this carbon fibre monocoque[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]One of the key components in the suspension is the upright. This part connects the wishbones to the wheel and it houses the wheel hub and brake calliper. When designing anything in the suspension weight savings is always important in order to reduce the wheel mass, less weight means a more agile and faster responding car. However in the suspension safety is of utmost importance, one mistake and a wheel can come of at 200 kph. All in all the uprights are an intricate piece of engineering which was done by one of our part-timers. And an even more stellar job was done by Klift, a loyal sponsor, who produced uprights.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6900″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][image_with_animation image_url=”6889″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]At last, we would like to thank Bodycote and Klift Metaalbewerking. These two sponsors have helped us creating and heat treating the wheel hubs for the Forze VII. The hubs are different than the previous ones since the connection to the drive shaft is implemented into the design of the hubs. This makes it all one part, which we really like. For producing these hubs, we’ve used diamond tools and a special production method called Electrical discharge machining.
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Design presentation 10 march 2016

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Chief Fuel Cell, Sjoerd van Empelen, gave all the technical details of the new race car. One of the improvements in the design of the Forze VII is the aerodynamics, by decreasing drag and increasing downforce the lap times improve. The Fuell Cell system will be more reliable, lighter and have longer range because the hydrogen tanks will be bigger.

Together with Jan Lammers, former Formula one driver, Sjoerd revealed the monocoque. Lammers told everyone about his own experience racing and how safety has improved since he started racing. The monocoque Forze is using in the Forze VII is a LMP, a Le Mans Protoype.

The whole presenation can be seen in the first youtube clip, the presentation starts at 49 minutes. The official design reveal can be seen in the second clip in this article.

After the presentation everyone went to the Dreamhall for some drinks, sponsored by Sodexo. In the Dreamhall it was possible for everyone to take a closer look at the Forze VI and the monocoque for the Forze VII.

If you would like to get more information about the design of the Forze VII send an e-mail to info@forze-delft.nl

 

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