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Explaining the science behind F1 simulation
The power to test a Formula 1 car 'virtually' has become critically important over time, especially during an era of ever-tightening restrictions. Pat Symonds explains how it works - and how close it is to the real thing...
Simulation is nothing new in engineering. In ancient times much was done by trial and error, but it wasn't long before we realised calculation could not only reduce the amount of error but also lead to more efficient design. Galileo famously calculated the properties that determined the strength of a cantilever beam in the early 17th century and proved his calculations by means of simple experiments.
This led to many protagonists of what was then called the 'natural sciences' - people such as Isaac Newton - to explore the relationship between mathematics and the physical phenomena they found all around them.
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