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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by tmark938, Jan 19, 2019.

    1. tmark938

      tmark938 Moderator EngineeringClicks Expert

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      This article intrigued me:-

      https://www.autosport.com/engineeri...eaches-supermarkets-soldiers-and-saves-babies

      Many people see the money, the glitz and the glamour of F1 and think there is nothing more to it. Well it has delivered a lot of engineering based solutions to everyday problems. One example, the concept behind the front fins on older F1 cars were developed and incoporated into the large freezers in supermarkets. Due to the aerodynamics they funnel huge volumes of cold air across the freezers :)
       
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    3. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      Intriguing, never thought F1 would have so many technological developments linked to it. Humans are amazing, they take something and use it for a completely different purpose.

      A child incubator from the carbon fiber, lightweight but strong enough to withstand an F1 crash. The airfoil from the front wing of F1 being used in supermarket fridge shelves to reduce heat loss. How did they even think about heat loss from an airfoil. And now they are even making satellites with airbus.

      Its like once you have innovation you can use it pretty much anywhere to better the world. This article is worth the read.
       
    4. tmark938

      tmark938 Moderator EngineeringClicks Expert

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      This article is just as intriguing!

      It lists the F1 technologies used which have now been banned. Engineers really are an innovative crowd :)

      https://jalopnik.com/the-ten-most-ingenious-f1-cheats-ever-1465111260

      Check out the car which used a water cooled braking system to make the car heavier at the start but lighter throughout the race. Fascinating!
       
    5. MSHOfficial

      MSHOfficial Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      The Renaults mass damper. If it was banned as a movable aerodynamic piece why didn’t they just put the mass and damper inside the cowl, the mass didn’t need to be out right? Also they used a mass damper to stop vertical vibrations, if I am not wrong this is also the technology they use on a backpack that holds its position as the person jumps up and down.

      I wonder how heavy the BMW engines were to be able to change the engine every 4 laps. Does the very fast 4 laps save the time it takes to change the car? But it of course sounds like a lot of money went in to racing this F1 :3

      I also don’t get how Tyrrell did the 2 gallons of water and 140 pound of lead shot. What do they mean by the lead was shot at the end?

      I like the fan car a lot, he could have found a lot of ways to change the direction of the exhaust, he didn’t have to give up the idea If it wasn’t banned. But I guess its never too late to bring back old worn out technology and make them much better. That’s what engineers do and do best.
       
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      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I like these ideas. It's always nice to see practical benefits when people criticise science and engineering (also in things like NASA probes and the Thrust/Bloodhound landspeed records)
       
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      tmark938 Moderator EngineeringClicks Expert

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      I think these kinds of things are neat and awesome, but find it kind of backwards when people use these to justify expensive projects such as NASAs. I have to assume it would be way cheaper to develop these technologies in a more traditional way than piggy back off super expensive projects.

      If you think F1 or NASA projects stand on their own merits then these ancillary benefits are awesome icing on the cake. But if you don't, spinoff tech, imo, isn't going to suddenly make them justifiable.
       
    10. MSHOfficial

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      I totally agree with this.
       
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      john12 Well-Known Member EngineeringClicks Expert

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      That's a good point, I never thought of it like that.
       

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