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20th April 2017, Laholm

Diab supplies Divinycell to Formula Student competing team

The UVigo team of engineering students has chosen low density foam Divinycell H45 provided by Diab Group, a leading manufacturer of composite core material products, to design aerodynamic elements for their single-seater.

Considered the most technical of the universities of Galicia, Spain, the University of Vigo is a public university. Its Industrial Engineering school participates in Formula Student European inter-university car competition with its team UVigo Motorsport.

Adding aerodynamic elements

“In the last season, we decided to add aerodynamic elements so we chose Diab and its foams,” explained a UVigo representative. The low-density foam Divinycell H45 was used to manufacture the core of the wings. The foam core is covered with carbon fibre layers and then infusion-moulded, allowing for the manufacturing of the lightest Spanish car in the competition.

To design aerodynamic elements for their single-seater, the UVigo team of engineering students chose low density foam Divinycell H45. © Diab Group

“Diab trusted us and they offered help during the entire project. Therefore, we are very pleased to share this experience with Diab and we thank all the trust given because this project would not be possible without the collaboration of Diab.”

Building high-performance car

Endorsed by world-renowned engineers, including the former leader of Mercedes AMG F1 team Ross Brawn, the race is about challenging future engineers to be more enterprising and innovative, according to organisers. It entails designing and building a high-performance car to overcome different static and dynamic tests. All these factors are evaluated by an expert jury with members from the automotive industry. Today, more than a hundred universities from all over the world meet annually in each of the European circuits that host this event.

Innovative single-seater

During its first season (2014 – 2015), UVigo Motorsport represented the University of Vigo and Galicia with its first single-seater, the UM15. The team has also competed in Silverstone 2015 (UK), Hockenheim 2015 (Germany) and Montmeló 2015 (Spain). In its second season, the team branched out into different competitions such as Formula Student Czech Republic and Formula Student Spain.

It also introduced a brand new single-seater in which the tubular steel chassis was replaced by a carbon fibre monocoque. In addition, the vehicle incorporated better aerodynamics and improvement of the electric system, resulting in the second best Spanish design score.

Currently, UVigo Motorsport consists of 28 engineering students from several engineering branches with previous competition experience. The objective is to make important improvements and to strengthen the position of the team in the competition. The project members have planned the development of a long-term team structuring model in which students from different courses of engineering and other UVigo campuses will join the team on a year-to-year basis so that a continuous improvement and knowledge transfer will be ensured.

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