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Off-Road Vehicle Design Workshop

Learn off-road vehicle design for Baja SAE and Enduro Student

Course Overview

SimScale and Enduro Student India (ESI) joined forces to offer this course about Off-Road Vehicle Design.

In the 2-session workshop, participants will receive a hands-on, interactive introduction to nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the two analysis types commonly used for Enduro Student India and Baja SAE student design competitions. All participants will learn how to leverage the free, cloud-based SimScale platform for their own projects and designs.

Students who complete the video lectures, step-by-step exercises, and quizzes to 100% will receive a special SimScale Certificate of Completion which can be added to a resume or course profile on Linkedin.

Course Format

Each session consists of:

  • A 60-minute video lecture
  • A step-by-step exercise to help you put what you have learned in the lecture directly into practice
  • A 5-question quiz to cement your knowledge

Session 1: Nonlinear FEA of a Suspension Assembly

The purpose of the ATV design competitions is to test the endurance of All Terrain Vehicles(ATV). An ATV is subjected to steep climbs and drops in competition, making the suspension system a central design decision. During the first session we will discuss how to do a stress analysis of the suspension assembly and provide you with a step-by-step exercise where you will analyse the suspension undergoing different deformations.

Session 2: CFD Analysis for Scavenging in the Exhaust Manifold

Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) plays a major role in IC engine design decisions such as design validation of the intake, combustion/ fuel efficiency in the cyliner, parametric studies at different exhaust mass flows and the list continues. In this session, we will cover how to do a CFD Analysis for scavenging in the exhaust manifold.

The scavenging process forces the exhaust gases out of the IC engine. This implies that the manifold must be designed in such a way that there is no choking/ blockages. In other words, the flow within the manifold must not be subjected to strong recirculation zones. This is where CFD comes into play. The designer can use CFD with the SimScale platform to validate a design by analyzing the flow patterns in the manifold to detect regions of strong backflow/ recirculations.


Your Instructor


Milad Mafi
Milad Mafi

As the Academic Program Manager at SimScale, Milad actively works with students and educators in the SimScale community. He hosts monthly workshops covering a range of topics from CFD to FEA to thermal analysis. He has more than 10 years of professional experience with engineering simulation and motorsport aerodynamics.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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