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Using the special FSAE database with Adams/Car 2012

Tech Articles ID    KB8020723
Status:    Published
Published date:    08/20/2012
Updated:    08/13/2018
Reported In:   Adams - Adams/Car
Created with Version:   Adams (2012)
  Adams (2018)

Abstract (Question)

How can I simulate the suspension characteristics and full vehicle maneuevers for my FSAE vehicle with Adams/Car 2012?

Description (Answer)

To use this special Formula SAE (FSAE) database with Adams/Car 2012, follow one of these two approaches depending on your familiarity with Adams/Car:

 (A)  If you have never done this before, first be sure you have completed the Getting Started with Adams/Car tutorial (in the online Help) so you understand this product’s vehicle modeling & simulation paradigm, including the important role of subsystems, assemblies, communicators, & templates.  Then read and follow the detailed steps contained in the FSAE_template_2012.pdf file attached to this article.

(B)  If you have experience with Adams/Car, you may be able to follow these more concise steps:

 1.    Download the file attached to this article to a convenient directory where you will store your Adams/Car data.

 2.    Extract all those zipped files, being careful to maintain the same relative folder & file locations.

 3.    Start Adams/Car 2012 (in Standard mode, if prompted).

 4.    Select File >> Select Directory and browse to select the directory you used in Steps 1 & 2.

 5.    Click Tools >> Database Management >> Add to session

 6.    In the Add Database to Session window:

      1.         For the Database Alias, enter fsae_2012

      2.      For the Database Path, click the adjacent File Navigator icon (which looks like a folder) and search to select the folder you created on your computer called fsae_2012.cdb

 7.    Click OK

 8.    Click File >> Open >> Assembly

 9.    In the Open Assembly window, right-click in text field and select Search>> <fsae_2012>/assemblies.tbl

 10.  Select any assembly – for instance, fsae_full_vehicle.asy  and then click Open

 11.  The template may take a few moments to open, depending on your computer.


Please note that the 2018 version of the database has also been added and is available for download. The same procedure has to be followed as for the 2012 database, only change is to replace each '2012' with '2018'.

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