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Old 10-06-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Lamborghini and UW working together

Being a student at UW I was delighted to find that there were about 10 Lamborghinis sitting right in front of Guggenheim hall.
After further inspection and a few minutes on the interwebs i found this:
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Lamborghini's new UW lab is its portal to the future

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My report last week that Lamborghini is funding a new research lab at the University of Washington doesn't do justice to the story.
It's way more than a few computers running simulations.
Lamborghini is supporting a full-blown research center and one of a few places in the world where aeronautical approaches to materials testing are being used to help develop the supercars of tomorrow.
Unlikely as it sounds, the UW is now crash testing for Lamborghini in a new lab underneath the engineering school's wind tunnel.
Officials today will formally open the Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory.
Lamborghini has actually been quietly working with the school for years, taking advantage of its expertise in exotic-material testing and its close partnership with Boeing.
While Boeing was developing the first carbon-fiber jetliners, Lamborghini was using the strong but finicky material to reduce its vehicles' weight and increase their performance.
If the lightweight material is fabricated properly, it's actually more crash resistant than metal, explained Paolo Feraboli, assistant professor of aerospace structures and materials.
Many schools research composite materials, but the UW has a particular specialty in developing effective ways to prove and certify the safety of the exotic materials when used in airplanes and now automobiles.
Lamborghini came to the UW to emulate the testing approaches of airplane companies, which do rigorous testing and analysis of components, as opposed to the multiple crash tests of finished vehicles practiced by the auto industry. This can save millions if flaws are discovered during the development stage and fixed before an assembly line begins production.
"Other guys do great research, try new materials, invent new ways of making materials ... but we're really not into that," Feraboli said. "We're not trying to come up with a new composite. We're less innovative in that regard. Our effort is 'how do we deal with this problem? We have a bird strike; how do we deal with it?' "
Feraboli grew up in Bologna, the center of Italy's exotic-car industry, and worked for Lamborghini in 2001 and 2002.
Later he worked at Boeing on the 787 and joined the UW in 2005.
Two years later, Lamborghini and the school began discussing the company's formal support of Feraboli's work, which led to a $1 million donation and the new labs.
"This is like a dream," he said Monday, while demonstrating the carbon-enhanced performance of a Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce brought to Seattle for today's formal opening. "Hopefully it's good for everybody to realize how important Boeing is for Seattle."
The city is an engineering hub in part "because the kind of technology Boeing does — there's no equal, so people like Lamborghini are willing to come 8,000 miles to do this," he said en route to a Ferrari dealership on Capitol Hill, where he waved and revved the orange 670-4 as he drove past the showroom.
Feraboli helped design the composite body of the Murcielago, the first Lamborghini to make major use of carbon fiber when it debuted in 2001.
In the limited-edition, $450,000 670-4, carbon composites account for 31 percent of the structural weight.
Inside stately Guggenheim Hall, where the UW has been teaching aeronautical engineering since 1930, several rooms have been painted black with a yellow racing stripe and decorated with models of Lamborghinis made with carbon composites.
One room is full of computers. Another is like a small factory, with equipment to fabricate carbon-fiber parts, scan for defects and then blast them with electricity to simulate lightning strikes.
But the coolest stuff is hidden below the school's wind tunnel, in a basement room housing the tunnel's enormous air compressor. Now the compressor is also powering a rail-mounted test sled that's being used to crash test Lamborghini components, mounted on chassis sections shipped from Italy.
The lab also has cannons used to fire pieces of shrapnel and frozen chickens at carbon-fiber materials used in airplanes, to test their resistance to exploding engine parts and bird collisions.
Feraboli doesn't think Boeing's troubles assembling the 787 will give carbon composites a black eye.
"First of all, they caught it — that means the process works," he said. "Had they not caught it and the plane came down, then it would have been a terrible event. ... The fact they caught it doesn't say anything terrible for the carbon itself or for Boeing — other than that they're losing money."
Then the conversation returned to the Murcielago and the lab.
"Once Lamborghini gets into you it never leaves. It really is like that," he said. "You have no idea how much this means to me."
For pictures inside the lab click here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2010006550_inside_the_lamborghini_lab_at.html##

Just realizing how much the college was involved with this was so intense to me.
I snapped a few pictures. They were the normal Lamborghini shots until i found this beauty









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Old 10-06-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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only cool thing about this is the picture of the car... thats it.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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only cool thing about this is the picture of the car... thats it.
You didn't read the article, did ya Denny?
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:39 PM   #4
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You didn't read the article, did ya Denny?
no i gotta go to work lol
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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I just want to be clear that UW already had a VERY solid program prior to Lambo showing up. And yes I did go to WSU and I am saying good things about UW.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:44 PM   #6
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Wow, that's cool! That might have made me switch Engineering degrees to see an Lambo outside Guggenheim...probably not though.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:59 PM   #7
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Why couldn't stuff like this happen while I was there? Stupid AAs getting all the fancy stuff.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:14 PM   #8
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Why couldn't stuff like this happen while I was there? Stupid AAs getting all the fancy stuff.
The ME's shouldn't complain. Our "building" was the basement and annex of your building, lol. Imaginary Engineering FTW!
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:45 PM   #9
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The ME's shouldn't complain. Our "building" was the basement and annex of your building, lol. Imaginary Engineering FTW!
In my 4 years at UW, I never got a clear answer as to what industrial engineering was about. Something about usability and being the bastard child of technical communication and real engineering...
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:19 PM   #10
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In my 4 years at UW, I never got a clear answer as to what industrial engineering was about. Something about usability and being the bastard child of technical communication and real engineering...
I like this b/c I work w/ an IE group for the Lazy "B"
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:32 PM   #11
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Very cool for the UW program to get something like this. I wish SAE at Gonzaga was able to pull something like this while I was there....
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:02 PM   #12
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On topic, I know the UW FSAE team uses (used?) the wind tunnel. I remember reading Lance Armstrong's le Tour team did as well a couple years ago. I'm sure there are many others.



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In my 4 years at UW, I never got a clear answer as to what industrial engineering was about. Something about usability and being the bastard child of technical communication and real engineering...
IE is all about designing, implementing and improving a process.

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I like this b/c I work w/ an IE group for the Lazy "B"
Me too, as an IE (KE).
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:03 AM   #13
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I graduated from the Aero department in 2006. Feraboli (the professor that worked at Lamborghini) started there just as I was graduating, so I didn't have a chance to have any classes with him at all. Sounds like it would be a great time to be there and get involved with this.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:21 AM   #14
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That's awesome!! I saw that orange one driving around campus yesterday!
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:24 AM   #15
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wow. thats great for the school and the pacific nw. i hope boeing isn't still thinking of moving there factory to sc. keep jobs here, we need them.
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i saw this on their website when i went to work on my application...hopefully i get in i would love to have the chance to work stuff like this
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look at the face of that lamby. hard.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:46 AM   #18
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too long of an article....but sick car!
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So where do I sign up for my Bachelors of Lamborghini Applied Sciences?
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:32 AM   #20
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I just want to be clear that UW already had a VERY solid program prior to Lambo showing up. And yes I did go to WSU and I am saying good things about UW.
Agreed!

This is awesome, for an already awesome program!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:36 AM   #21
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Me too, as an IE (KE).
You fake Imaginary Engineers!!!

All our school got was a partnership with GM. *shrug* I guess thats what happens in the midwest.


And its nice to see an article mention Boeing lately and not bash it...doesnt happen that often
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:23 AM   #22
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Sounds like I am gonna be going back to school. Western's VRI taught me a lot about composites and atuomitve. Looks like I am gonna have to take advantage of Boeing's extended learning and go back to UW. I like that someone is finally saying something positive about the 787, being that I have 5 years of my life into this plane.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:25 AM   #23
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You fake Imaginary Engineers!!!

All our school got was a partnership with GM. *shrug* I guess thats what happens in the midwest.


And its nice to see an article mention Boeing lately and not bash it...doesnt happen that often
HAHA! I also call them Imaginary Engineers. From what I know they make amazing charts and graphs! I do know they sequence jobs and try to tell us where work should be done in the factory.

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On topic, I know the UW FSAE team uses (used?) the wind tunnel. I remember reading Lance Armstrong's le Tour team did as well a couple years ago. I'm sure there are many others.
This past year (08/09 school year, team 20) did more extensive work in the wind tunnel than they had in a long time. It helps that they're getting more and more AA students involved in the project to develop a functional aerodynamics package.


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IE is all about designing, implementing and improving a process.
See, maybe you guys should have conveyed this sort of thing at the engineering open houses, instead of having your couple of attractive girls at a table with crispy cremes.
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HAHA! I also call them Imaginary Engineers. From what I know they make amazing charts and graphs! I do know they sequence jobs and try to tell us where work should be done in the factory.
My IE experience was a little more exciting than amazing charts and graphs. I got to play with CF layups and get awesome rashes from the resin! Granted I left that job for a project managment job in a different industry though because I decided my skin and epoxy resins didn't get along very well.
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