State-of-the-art F1 scrutineering

The FIA technical inspection team has taken delivery of advanced new F1 scrutineering equipment. This comprises a 'Rodym' optical coordinate measuring system, supplied by Krypton Electronic Engineering in Leuven, Belgium, and 'PowerINSPECT' software from Delcam in Birmingham, UK. The system enables the scrutineers to implement random inspections to ensure that only the specific monocoque structures that have passed the mandatory pre-season crash-tests are being used

State-of-the-art F1 scrutineering

The racecar under inspection is fitted onto a locating jig below two cameras, mounted in the ceiling above the scrutineering area. A hand-held probe is then used to reach into all the regulated areas of the racecar to pinpoint the locations of the chassis, bodywork and aerodynamic installations. The location of the point of contact is measured by means of optical triangulation that can calculate the position of the probe tip to within 0.1mm.

These data are fed into the software, which determines whether the point is inside or outside the limit(s) defined in the Technical Regulations. The results are displayed instantly, allowing additional measurements to be made in any areas of concern to the inspector.

After each inspection, a detailed report is compiled and distributed to race officials and the race team.

The 'Rodym' system was originally developed in the late 1980s to measure the motion of robotic devices, but is now used in many applications including motion testing of kinematic devices and vibration measurement.

'PowerINSPECT' was specifically designed for use with 3D coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and inspection arms. It enables industry users to inspect complex machined parts, compare them with the original CAD models, and to produce user reports in tabular, graphical and pictorial formats.

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