Data logging and acquisition are crucial for optimizing performance and safety in electric Formula-style racing cars. This blog explores their importance, sensor selection, interaction protocols, and data utilization.
The Role of Data Logging:
Data logging ensures compliance with regulations, aids in debugging, and optimizes car performance. It helps identify issues in the electric propulsion system, enhances safety, and boosts overall race performance.
Battery Pack Voltage and Current Sensors: Monitor battery levels to prevent abnormal behaviour.
Brake Pressure Sensor: Optimizes braking efficiency and balance.
Shock Potentiometers: Evaluate and optimize suspension setup for better handling.
Steering Rack Potentiometer: Fine-tunes steering characteristics for improved maneuverability.
Inverter Temperature and Voltage Sensors: Monitor inverter temperature and voltage for safe operation.
Wheel Speed Sensors: Provide data for traction and stability control systems.
Battery Temperature and Cooling System Sensors: Prevent battery overheating for optimal performance.
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU): Measure motion for stability control and driver performance evaluation.
Interaction Protocols and Microcontroller: Use protocols to facilitate sensor-microcontroller communication. Upgrade to Arduino Due for enhanced capabilities and electric vehicle applications.
Utilizing Data for Optimization:
Data is stored for analysis, enabling continuous improvement. Live transmission to the base station aids in real-time monitoring, race strategy, and optimization.
Data logging and acquisition are invaluable for enhancing performance and safety in electric Formula-style racing cars. Sensors, microcontrollers, and interaction protocols enable compliance, issue resolution, and optimization. Analyzing collected data leads to continuous improvement, ensuring success in electric racing.