FSML is a small company contracted to Multimatic Inc. to support vehicle
dynamics activities. One task was to assist with the design and construction
of a Four Post Test Rig installed at Dynamic Suspensions, Thetford, UK.
As part of that activity, FSML developed the software used to control the
Rig and to create and analyse measurement files recorded during rig tests.
The development of analysis software is an on-going activity. Corrections
and enhancements are made on a regular basis as a result of experience gained
by executing rig tests under contract to a large number of customers (mainly
Rig tests are supported as a separate business by FSML using the Theford
rig and others. The activity is one that is technically independent of both
Multimatic Inc. and other rig owners. The benefits to Multimatic are an
income stream, and a competent test facility for its own use.
Currently, the rig testing business occupies in excess of 100 test days
a year. Customers are drawn from a broad spectrum of racing formulae, including
Champ, IRL, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic, F1, F3000, GT, Touring (all types),
Rally, F3 and other junior formulae.
The principal of FSML is Dave Williams, an aerospace engineer with over
30 years experience in measurement, analysis and control systems. He was,
for example, the lead designer of two fly-by-wire variable stability aircraft,
he installed and supported the first digital measurement system on a race
vehicle, and played a leading role in the development of the Lotus Active
Suspension System, the first to support a Grand Prix win.