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FAQ | ESTECO Academy Design Competition 2016

What is the ESTECO Academy Design Competition?

ESTECO Academy Design Competition is an annual design competition that gives engineering students the chance to work collaboratively or individually, test the skills in numerical analysis, simulation, use the innovative design softwares for the perfect race engine, and contend for a job experience with the Aprilia Racing Team.

Who can participate?

Participants can be individuals or teams up to 5 people currently enrolled in a postgraduate or undergraduate university course or high school course . Students that are currently working can take part to the competition. Each member of the team must be able to prove his/her student status by means of a current enrollment certification.

How do I connect with other students and build a team?

Whether you're an individual looking to link up with others or a partial team looking for a few additional members, the ESTECO Academy Facebook Page is a great way to make connection and build a strong team! Simply join the community and post an ad for your ideal teammates!

How can I register to participate?

To participate in the competition, individuals and each team member must register by filling in this form > academy.esteco.com/competition

In order to finalize your participation in the ESTECO Academy Design Competition 2016, you should provide:

- The official name of your team & member names

- Student ID number

- Copy of University/High School enrollment certificate

- A signed copy of the Letter of Intent

Remember to send all documents to academy@esteco.com.

If you are already registered, but you want change the team name, send an email to academy@esteco.com

What is the challenge?

The competition challenge consists in the design of a 4 stroke single cylinder gasoline engine through multidisciplinary optimization, using principles of engineering to find the highest improvement in the engine performance, respecting the constraints and starting from the baseline configuration outlined in the presentation attached. The submitted work should be innovative and should demonstrate the use of the modeFRONTIER optimization platform and Gamma Technologies solution; the jury will favor designs providing significant improvements in energy usage and sustainability.

The most successful entries will be those that leverage advanced or novel engineering applications while adding creativity to the entire design process. The objective of the competition is to draw students to prototyping, design and engine component manufacturing stages; the scope of the design problem is intentionally broad so as to foster creative thought and produce innovative devices.

Take a look at the VIDEO and Download the presentation!

If you need any other technical information about the design challenge send an email to academycompetition@esteco.com.

How will the solutions be judged?

The judging panel will include one member for each company promoting the competition and will be either a company representative or/and external judge indicated by the company. The jury’s decision is final.

The results will be judged on the basis of three criteria:

• innovation proposed by the team compared with traditional solutions

• predicted (and justified) performances

• adopted methodology 

Deadlines and important dates:

UM16 May 17-18 > Official launch | design challenge announced

30th November 2016 > Closing team registration

30th April 2017 > Closing project work submissions

June 2017 > Award Ceremony [Location TBD]

When software/material will be available?

The links to download modeFRONTIER and GT software and related documentations will be provided after the registration deadline by the ESTECO Academy team.


- Available from Dec. 1st 2016 until Apr. 30th 2017

- VPN based access [HOW-TO guide provided to accepted teams]

- modeFRONTIER floating licenses for teams / single seat license for individual

- participants

- GT licenses

Support material provided:

- Training material on ESTECO Academy reserved area > academy.esteco.com/academy/training

- PPT template for project submission (emailed to teams)

- Meet the expert webinar in February / March 2017 > check the calendar on academy.esteco.com/academy/events

How to setup and access the license server

Please follow the instructions HERE and download it!

How to find hostid and hostname of your computer for license file?

Open command prompt by typing cmd in the search and hitting enter. In the command prompt type “ipconfig /all” and hit enter. Different adapters and their physical addresses are displayed. Find the term Hostname at the top.

For hostid scroll down to find “Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:” and the alphanumeric ID in front of Physical Address is the Hostid.

How can I submit my project?

Submissions will be judged on the basis of a technical report (maximum 20 pages) integrated by a PPT presentation (maximum 20 slides) with project strengths and the motivations behind the proposed design solution.

The technical report should clearly identify the assumptions made and the eventual limitations of the simulation model used. Engineering choices not verified by a quantitative analysis should be justified with other means.

Templates for both the technical report and the PPT will soon emailed to teams. All submissions must be sent to academycompetition@esteco.com

What can we win?

Teams or individuals will contend for amazing prizes awards by our panel of judges.

Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize:

- 6-month internship at Aprilia Racing*

- Visit of the Aprilia RC headquarters and labs

- 1 year of ESTECO Academy membership for each team member

2nd Prize:

- Visit of the Aprilia RC headquarters and labs

- 1 year of ESTECO Academy membership for each team member

* Subject to the possession of a regular work permit for Italy and to the conditions offered by Aprilia RC. Based on team member resumes, Aprilia RC will select and offer the internship to one member.

Section 2: “The Design Challenge” identifies 8 aspects to be modelled and improved, are teams limited to only these?

Teams should focus mainly on the aspects identified on Section 2; other considerations should be thoroughly justified and will not necessarily be taken into consideration by jury to avoid potential bias.

Do we need to take into account potential realistic problems?

It is not mandatory, however if assumptions are correctly documented and justified it would be positively received by the jury.

Is the engine performance going to be judged only by the power curve?

Although the announcement says power curve, it also indicates that the jury will favor designs providing improvements in energy usage and sustainability.

Should the engine components be modelled realistically?

The objective is to enhance the performance of a racing engine, hence yes keep designs realistic otherwise explain your assumptions…if you think it’s worth a try ;)

Is it mandatory to not have any silencer on the exhaust side?

The announcement says no silencer.

Should the engine performance be modelled only at wide-open-throttle (full load) or partial load should be also considered?

Think about the race, when pilots seek to run with open throttle as much as possible, but it’s not always possible… so again, make your assumptions and explain!

Is it mandatory to submit the simulation models to the judges to verify the modelling practices?

No, but the jury keeps the right to ask the teams to send their simulation models and optimization workflows.