Formula Bharat

An Indian Formula Student competition


All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST). The schedule and topics are tentative and subject to change.

Saturday, August 13

10:45 AM // 30 mins Opening
11 AM // 90 mins Power of optimization for Sustainable Product Development
Content Covered:
•  Introduction to Altair & Altair Academic initiatives
•  Power of optimization for Sustainable Product Development
•  Altair Industry Outreach Initiatives


About the Speaker:
Ramesha BS currently works as a Sr. Manager- Academic Initiatives at Altair Engineering Hyderabad. He holds an M.Tech (Advanced Manufacturing Engineering) degree from REC – Surathkal (NITK), and has more than 20 years of experience in CAE field since 2002. Ramesha has worked in the areas of Product Design and Development, Technical Support, Interface Specialist, Business development, Pre-sales and Post-Sales Technical support.

Present Role – Ramesha is part of Altair’s global academic initiatives to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and create a common platform that facilitates interaction. He is also a part of Altair’s Startup Program, Altair’s Strategic Initiatives and Altair’s CSR Initiatives.

In his earlier role, for 8 years, Ramesha had contributed to business development roles at major automotive OEM’s, Key Tier 1 Suppliers and engineering consultancy organizations in Southern Part of India. He also played a role in enabling technical support of HyperWorks products in Chennai and Hyderabad Region.

1 PM // 60 mins Ather Labs: Where owners drive innovation
Content Covered:
Innovation goes hand in hand with exponential growth, at Ather. A huge part of this involves collecting, analysing, and truly understanding all kinds of data that we gather over the years, and giving Ather owners a one-of-its-kind mobility experience. To get better at this, we’ve built Ather Labs – a space in the Ather app to let our customers use, test, and adopt our beta features.


What are we doing on Ather Labs? What are the things we’ve learnt from the features we’ve released so far? And what’s cooking?

About the Speakers:
At Ather, Hithesh works closely with teams across the Business and Engineering verticals to make data available for them to come up with creative solutions. Buried in meetings, he fiddles with ways to build reliable applications. Outside Ather, Hithesh tries to make the best of the time he has – playing instruments, running, planning solo travels and trying to write about his journey in blogs.

Sangeeth enjoys that Ather is the place where data, software, and connected tech come together to redefine the automobile industry. With software being propelled by data, he foresees a huge force in the making. He is part of building this from the ground up at Ather, where data science is making the journey from 0 to 1—defining and redefining data processes, innovating new products backed by data insights, and stepping up feature development, Sangeeth has his hands full, except when he makes time to belt a few songs at a Karaoke.

5:30 PM // 90 mins Sensors and their importance towards design and optimizing a system
Content Covered:
The session will cover an overall range of sensors used in monitoring and collecting feedback from a vehicle, and the importance of these sensors towards design and optimization of the system.


About the Speaker:
Karan has completed his B.Eng Mechanical Engineering from Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, India, and an M.Sc in Racing Engine Systems from Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is a highly motivated individual with the dream and passion of working in the motorsports industry.

Karan is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, focusing primarily on the development of next generation advanced compression ignition and multi-mode engines.

Saturday, August 20

10 AM // 150 mins Accelerating Automotive CFD
Content Covered:
• Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Application of CFD to Automobile Engineering
• Leveraging Ansys Fluent Software to expediently solve Automotive Problems.

About the Speaker:
Pavan has completed his Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering with specialization in Energetics and Propulsion from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France and B.E Mechanical engineering from New Horizon College of Engineering, Bangalore. He is experienced in CFD for automobiles and electronic components.

2 PM // 60 mins Design for Manufacturability – A Novel Approach using Virtual Testing
Content Covered:
The push to more innovative and complex products helps to differentiate products from competitors; it also results in designers being forced to make trade-off decisions between speed, cost, and quality. As products become more complex, the possibility of component interference increases, which, in turn, threatens the reliability of the system. In addition, the environments these intricate products operate in are complex. This further complicates the decision process, as insights into a variety of environments are required.

Engineers need methods for assessing how multiple product designs behave in any environment that will not add substantial time to the constantly shrinking development schedules. However, challenges come from more than just the actual product or its environment; there are internal issues that make product design a challenge, as well. For one thing, development is often hamstrung with limited resources.

Considering that multiple iterations of prototypes may be needed to get the results you are looking for, it is easy to see how the overall waste can add up. There is also the physical constraint; you need to have the actual prototype built to begin testing, adding more time to the development cycle.

In addition, there are numerous physical tests that can be conducted on a prototype – acoustics / vibration, fatigue, stress, fluid flow, etc. – all requiring different amounts of time to be completed. Fatigue testing, for example, can be highly time- consuming to perform depending on the material and the type of loading used. When companies are limited in their amount of design resources, the additional time spent building and testing prototypes can seriously delay product launch dates. Prototypes are used to reduce the risk that a design may not perform as intended, however, in general, prototypes cannot eliminate all risk.

3 PM // 60 mins Design Improvement Using Virtual Technologies – A Robust Methodology
Content Covered:
Mechanical design is, by its nature, multidisciplinary work involving competence and knowledge from diverse fields, for instance, solid modelling, creativity, material science, production technology, control techniques, marketing and economics. In addition, the classic design process of a mechanical part or system has been characterized by sequential activities.

One important method to realize the integration of engineering activities and thus establish an intelligent manufacturing system is to be able to integrate VE technologies. The developments of advanced computer-based technologies open better opportunities for inter-linked VE environments because digital models and simulations are used instead of physical objects and operations on them. Compared with physical objects, virtual/digital models better facilitate communication and collaboration among engineers and other stakeholders that are located at different locations. Thus, an integrated VE environment enables work collaboration on a single design regardless of geographical location.

4:30 PM // 90 mins Software on Wheels
Content Covered:
• Present Mobility Scenario
• Future Mobility Prospective
• Technology Approach for Mobility
• Role of IT and Software for Future Mobility
• Reimagining Mobility as Software on Wheels
• Key Takeaways
• Q&A Discussion

About the Speaker:
Uzair Shafiul is an Industry Expert with the Automotive Skills Development Council. He is an experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the professional Robotics and Automation Industry along with Training and Development. Uzair is skilled in Training Programme Design, Train the Trainer, Training Analysis, Training Delivery, and Industrial Automation.

Saturday, August 27

10 AM // 150 mins Accelerating Automotive FEA
Content Covered:
• Introduction to Finite Element Analysis.
• Application of FEA to Automobile Engineering.
• Utilization of Ansys Mechanical Software to expedite Automotive Finite Element Analysis.


About the Speaker:
Varunakumar has completed his Master’s in Machine Design. He is currently associated with CADFEM India as an Application engineer in the Structures Domain. His expertise is primarily in the area of linear and non-linear structural analysis, linear and non-linear dynamics.

2 PM // 90 mins Vehicle Multibody Dynamics Simulation Using Simscape Multibody
Content Covered:
Simscape™ Multibody™ provides a multibody simulation environment for 3D mechanical systems, such as vehicle suspensions, robots, construction equipment, and aircraft landing gear. It formulates and solves the equations of motion for the complete mechanical system. You can import complete CAD assemblies, including all masses, inertias, joints, constraints, and 3D geometry, into your model. An automatically generated 3D animation lets you visualize the system dynamics.


In this live session, Veer Alakshendra from MathWorks will introduce you to Simscape Multibody. He will demonstrate how to build a half-car quarter car multibody model relevant to Formula Student teams. Then, he will show the importance of running optimization to estimate vehicle suspension parameters. Finally, Veer will demonstrate a full vehicle multibody model coupled with electric powertrain running on a race track.

3:30 PM // 15 mins Closing

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