GE Scientists: Right at Home in an F1 Race Car
As the Formula 1 calendar returns to the Middle East for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 3, GE will be there, doing its part as a premium partner and technology collaborator to help the Caterham F1 Team get around the track more quickly.
The high-performance F1 car is familiar ground for GE scientists. They know from continually working to improve GE equipment such as aircraft engines and gas turbines that “small” improvements in areas such as materials or efficiency can have a huge impact on performance. It’s the same in the highly competitive world of F1, where races are won by a fraction of a second. So, it’s a collaboration of like minds when scientists at GE Global Research (GRC) join Caterham technologists in working to move the team’s cars around the track as quickly as possible.
The GE team is focusing its efforts in four areas: big data analytics, fiber-optic sensing, composites manufacturing, and heat management. More particularly, GE is using its advanced algorithms to assist the team in more quickly analyzing the huge masses of data coming from the cars. Secondly, by embedding its fiber-optic sensors into Caterham’s F1 cars, GE is helping the team get more accurate aerodynamic force measurements. In a third area, GE is assisting the team to replace heavy metal piping with advanced carbon composites, while in a fourth area, GE is advising Caterham on the design and analytical processes to produce a more efficient intercooler more quickly.
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