Stephen Nyberg

How to simulate car rolling down ramp?

Question by Stephen Nyberg

I designed a car for a competition (http://www.idsaconference.org/index.php/program/special-events/item/267-launch-day-challenge) that is a 3D printed pinewood derby car. How can I simulate the car driving down the ramp in SolidWorks 2012? I wanted to see how changes would change the speed and flight distance. The ramp and the wheels are provided in the above link.
Thanks.

Here is my car:
IDSA Launch Day 2013: entry 1

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Derek Wu
Answered on 31 Jul, 2013 05:09 PM

You would need a CFD software to do so. Solidworks does include "Motion Study" but you can only generate friction from the wheels to the ramp which is independent of air resistance.

 
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