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Cardiff Universty

Cardiff University

The Challenge:

Developing a wireless monitoring system for the Cardiff Racing car; that would allow our engineers to visualise all the car's engine and system data from the edge of the race track.

The Solution:

We used NI myRIO and X-CAN module to wirelessly transmit a huge amount of data to the track-side; including messages from our MoTeC ECU, multiple vehicular sensors, and video-streams from an in-car webcam.

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Lund Uni

Lund University

The Challenge:

Designing and implementing a chassis control module for a forumla student vehicle that offers easy driver interaction, shift and clutch control, and high-performance data logging

The Solution:

Using CompactRIO and LabVIEW to rapidly prototype elements of a hybrid Formula Student car including power train and traction control systems.

 

University of Strathclyde

Universty of Strathclyde

The Challenge:

Develop a data aquisition system which could be added and removed from the car easily with the capability of taking in a number of sensor readings logging onboard. 

The Solution:

During development, CompactRIO is used to record sensor and CAN data within the vehicle. In competitive events, this is replaced by the lighter-weight myRIO and X-CAN adaptor. Stored data is analysed post-race using DIAdem, to correlate the vehicular data with video footage.

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ICL Car

Imperial College London

The Challenge:

Prototyping a functional control system for automotive systems based upon a formula student chassis.

The Solution:

Using CompactRIO and LabVIEW to rapidly prototype elements of a hybrid Formula Student car including power train and traction control systems.

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Leeds Car

University of Leeds

The Challenge:

Gathering data from a Formula Student car to monitor diagnostics and aid driver training.

The Solution:

Using NI CompactRIO hardware with NI LabVIEW system design software to improve vehicle analysis by acquiring data from many sensors throughout the car for analysis during test runs.

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Manchester Car

The University of Manchester

The Challenge:

Implementing a portable and scalable data acquisition system for the University of Manchester Formula Student single-seat racing car that can test multiple vehicles.

The Solution:

Using Multisim and LabVIEW software with NI CompactRIO programmable automation controller (PAC) to simulate the vehicle, collect data, and use the data to create custom alarms.

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Solar-Powered Car

Cambridge University

The Challenge:

Using remote data analysis and telemetry to reliably monitor and control the electrical systems of a solar-powered car.

The Solution:

Using NI CompactRIO hardware as the in-car embedded controller to interface with the vehicle controller area network (CAN) bus, to implement the vehicle control algorithm programmed in NI LabVIEW software, and to send and receive data via telemetry radio.

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Racing Green Endurance

Racing Green Endurance

The Challenge:

Building a battery electric vehicle in less than nine months that could traverse the longest road in the world in less than 80 days.

The Solution:

Using NI CompactRIO, with its onboard real-time controller and field-programmable gate array (FGPA), to implement a tough, advanced and safe vehicle control system in less than four months.

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Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd

Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd

The Challenge:

Building an Aston Martin Race Engine Vibration Analysis System With LabVIEW and CompactRIO.

The Solution:

Using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI CompactRIO hardware to create the Mobile Daquire device, which provides acquisition and analysis of vibrations in key engine and drive train components, which can be fully synchronised with a variety of mixed-measurements to precisely investigate resonances over the speed range of the engine.

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