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Reducing lap times and fuel consumption in F1: The Tustin Lecture

Lecture

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Professor David Limebeer - Optimal control of hybrid power trains. The talk will focus on the control of the hybrid thermal-electric power train, and the kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems known as (ERS-K) and (ERS-H) that were introduced into Formula One racing for the 2014 season.

Date and Time

24 November 2015 - 18:00-21:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Control & Automation TPN.


About this event

Professor David Limebeer will give the 2015 Tustin Lecture. Professor Limebeer started at Oxford University as Professor of Control Engineering and Professorial Fellow at New College Oxford. His research interests include applied and theoretical problems in control systems and engineering dynamics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1992), a Fellow of the IET (1994), a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1997).

Professor Limebeer's talk looks at fuel efficient engines in cars and other vehicles, with a focus on hybrid power systems that recover both kinetic and thermal energy. Fuel efficient road transport is of wide national interest but also has a specialist application in motor racing, notably the new rules introduced to Formula One in 2014. In sympathy with general trends in the automotive industry, Formula 1 engines were downsized and turbochargers added to reduce emissions. As clear from the press, some engine manufacturers have subsequently been struggling with power relative to their rivals! The main issue is not with the internal combustion engine (anyone can make power from this) but with the recovery of what otherwise would be wasted energy.

The new F1 engines have two types of energy recovery system or “ERS”: the first (ERS-K) recovers kinetic energy from the braking system much like the regenerative braking systems on commercial hybrid road vehicles; the second (ERS-H) is a thermal recovery system situated on the shaft of the turbocharger. The optimisation of these systems is imperative to lap time. The talk will introduce some (mathematical) techniques for optimising driver controls, such as the steering, the brakes and the throttle.

Aerodynamics is another imperative area of development in F1. It is essential for F1 cars to generate massive downforce to ensure satisfactory handling at high speeds. In addition, a lot of development goes into the airflow around and into the engine. With turbocharged engines and electrical systems heat then becomes an issue. Heat management, without compromising the downforce or increasing the drag of the car, is a focus of the aerodynamicists.

Speaker
David J N Limebeer received a B.Sc.(Eng) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1974, MSc(Eng) and PhD degrees from the University of Natal in 1977 and 1980, respectively, and the DSc (Eng) from the University of London in 1992. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge between 1980 and 1984. He then joined the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Imperial College as a lecturer. He was promoted to Reader in 1989, Professor in 1993, Head of the Control Group in 1996, and Head of Department 1999-2009. In 2009 he moved to Oxford as Professor of Control Engineering and Professorial Fellow at New College Oxford. His research interests include applied and theoretical problems in control systems and engineering dynamics. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1992), a Fellow of the IET (1994), a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (1997).

Programme

18:00 Registration

18:30 Professor Limebeer - Optimal control of hybrid power trains: reducing lap times and fuel consumption in F1

19:15 Question and answer session

20:00 Networking reception

21:00 Close

Reasons to attend

  • Hear about the latest technology in the area of fuel efficient engines in road transport
  • Learn from a key academic in the field of control systems and engineering dynamics
  • Network with peers from within the field of control and automation

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Cost

This event is free to attend

Additional information

A canape buffet networking session will follow the lecture. All delegates are welcome to attend but must register.

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