Simcenter in NASCAR Competition
Track: Simcenter User Connection
For Hendrick Motorsports Inc. (HMS), winning NASCAR races depends on speed both on and off the track. To achieve these goals (as proven by 8 Cup Championships since 2000), Hendrick Motorsports has an Engineering group that has grown through the last 25 years to over 70 degreed Engineers. This group uses a sophisticated set of engineering tools to help solve problems and optimize the performance of their race vehicles from both a performance and durability perspective. This core group spans all of the competition areas of HMS, chassis, engine, and race teams.Jim Wall has had the privilege to work within this group for over 20 years, and has been able to watch and help it grow to the level it is today.
To support the engineering team, Hendrick Motorsports uses a growing set of analysis tools to validate and optimize the part and assembly designs they use in their fleet of race cars. Hear how Hendrick uses these tools in their day to day operations, impacting everything from the conceptual stages in the initial design process, to detailed design with virtual testing for performance validation, optimization and evaluation spanning from linear stress, to CFD, all the way to forensic analysis of failures from the track, all within a managed environment.
Jim and Kevin Dean, Aerodynamics/CFD Engineer at Hendrick Motorsports, will share how the race business touches on analysis at multiple levels and under enormous time pressures – just like other businesses except the deadlines are quicker (think new product release every week) and delivery/race dates do not move. Add on that your work is on display every week in the garages for your competition to see and that the proof of your success (or not) is out there for the world to see every weekend, and you have a very unique environment to be sure.
All in all, just another day in the race business!