Aggressive frontal aerodynamic features on 2017 Formula One cars

Changes in technical regulations afford 2017 Formula 1 cars with a larger wheel base as well as a faster overall speed for enhancing overtaking opportunities, which has been a bugbear of the sport. However, current Formula 1 cars may be unbalanced in distribution of aerodynamic downforce between the front and rear of the car, given … More Aggressive frontal aerodynamic features on 2017 Formula One cars

How does the outsole design affect the performance of the midsole in shock absorption?

Focus on running shoes have always been on the midsole foam technology as well as the upper mesh design and colors. But, what is less well known is the strong influence of the outsole on the performance of the midsole foam in absorbing shock and stress. Specifically, the thread pattern of the outsole affects the … More How does the outsole design affect the performance of the midsole in shock absorption?

Strain gauges for measuring structural stability of buildings

Many buildings in earthquake prone regions of the world are vulnerable to structural damage resulting from slow creep of movement of earth. Thus, could it be possible that modern buildings incorporate strain gauges and pressure sensors for understanding the vibrations within the building due to wind effect, ground movement, or inherent oscillations of the building? … More Strain gauges for measuring structural stability of buildings

Lack of downforce at rear of hatchback could lead to oversteer

Hatchbacks are cars without a protruding rear compartment for storage. Analysis of the airflow across the car reveals that a large vortex tends to form at the rear of the car, as the airflow underneath the car attempts to merge with the one riding above it. In addition to creating drag, existence of the vortex … More Lack of downforce at rear of hatchback could lead to oversteer

Carbon fibre as material of construction for car axle and suspension?

During my travel around Singapore delivering plastic bags to various shops, I noticed that there is a nascent trend of using carbon fibre as material of construction for cars’ axles and suspension unit. Specifically, while carbon fibre is a strong material capable of withstanding significant amount of load before failure, its catastrophic mode of failure … More Carbon fibre as material of construction for car axle and suspension?

Feasibility of using aluminium as an alloy to steel in cars manufacturing

Casting a glance at the types and make of automobiles present on Singapore streets, I realized that cars in the city state is increasingly larger and with bigger engine capacity. Compared to the situation ten years ago, cars in Singapore have indeed gone a step up in weight and size. But, what accounts for the … More Feasibility of using aluminium as an alloy to steel in cars manufacturing

Unique injection molding technology from New Balance

Foam and its encapsulation are major technologies of any running shoe company. New Balance running shoes come with three main types of foam: Fresh Foam, Vazee, and N2. In terms of encapsulation, it is Fresh Foam that offers tantalizing views of a major technological breakthrough in running shoe foam technology.   Specifically, closer examination of … More Unique injection molding technology from New Balance

Balancing traction and grip with drainage on road surface catering to inclined curvatures

Along the twisty and high angle road surface in Singapore lies a need for judicious choice of tarmac material, for paving the roads to afford a safe journey to motorists travelling within the designed speed limit of the particular stretch of road.   Specifically, high angle curvature of roads meant that more grip must be … More Balancing traction and grip with drainage on road surface catering to inclined curvatures

Instability resulting from high center of gravity in motorcycles

Cursory glances at motorcycles on the roads would reveal that motorcycles with large engine capacity (e.g., 500 cc or 250 cc) are likely to be more unstable than ones of 125 cc engine capacity. Specifically, motorcycles of large engine capacity are typically larger at the upper portions of the motorcycles compared to ones with small … More Instability resulting from high center of gravity in motorcycles

Safety issue surrounding assembled “Lego” cars

Safety is paramount in automobiles irrespective of cars designed for racing or for normal road use. Cursory look at the cars on the roads of Singapore tells a story of significant advances in thinking and innovation that translated to a form and shape of a car atypical of those seen in earlier years. Specifically, segmented … More Safety issue surrounding assembled “Lego” cars