April 2nd, 2019
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After our successful F1 aerodynamics workshop with Nic Perrin, we organized the F1SimStar contest for all the Formula 1 fans interested in simulation. The participants were challenged to create the most impressive post-processing visualization around an F1 car by using a simulation that was set up by us.
The Prize for the Winners
1st place: SimScale Professional Training + F1 Aero Package
2nd – 5th place: SimScale Professional Training
We received a lot of great images and were very excited to see how many of you joined the contest. We encourage you to continue with your simulations, use all the free resources we have provided for you, and learn to use the platform to its full potential.
Thanks to everybody who participated in the workshop, took on the challenge to create some impressive visualizations of the results and sent them to us. A big ‘Thank You’ to all SimScale users who participated in the workshop! Even if you are not among the five winners, we hope you had fun participating in the workshop and the contest!
For the contest, our jury—Nic Perrin (Founder of PERRINF1), David Heiny (Managing Director at SimScale) and Milad Mafi (Academic Program Manager at SimScale)—analyzed all the submitted images and had an intense discussion to rank them. All submissions showed great post-processing skills and again underlined why Formula 1 is such an exciting topic for engineers interested in aerodynamics. In the end, a fair voting system was used where each jury member had five votes to settle the discussion. With this method, the first place and the four second places were determined, which are as follows:
1st Place: Maciej Kaczmarczyk
Maciej did a great job in summarizing all three workshop sessions in a single visualization. The different streamline sources at the rear wing of the front/following car with the same velocity scale nicely illustrates how driving in the slipstream and overtaking another car impacts the aerodynamics around an F1 car. Great work!
2nd Place Was Granted to the Following Four Images:
Pablo’s image really puts the observer into the driver seat. It shows the following car (almost) from the front car driver’s perspective, while indicating the pressure and the velocity field with a surface plot and streamlines. Nice!
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Ansgar’s nicely rendered visualization of the pressure field around the F1 car from a side perspective provides an immediate impression on how different parts of the car’s shape impact its aerodynamic performance. Superb!
Mouhamed Akrem Mouffouk
Akrem‘s visualization shows how beautiful aerodynamics can be. Velocity streamlines combined with a surface plot using a neat color scale, and all nicely put into perspective. Awesome!
Dhaval’s view of the F1 car from behind shows the action that’s happening around the rear wing. The pressure surface plot indicates the downforce generation while streamlines provide insight into the velocity field around the rear wing. Just great!
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