Vehicle aerodynamics has been a part of CD-adapco since the early 1990’s. In 1994, CD-adapco conducted one of it’s first 256 processor HPC jobs on a Mercedes E-Class.
Since then, vehicle aerodynamics has grown leaps and bounds within CD-adapco with simulations regularly conducted on 500 Million cell models on over 8000 cores by our customers.
CD-adapco solutions cover aerodynamics in automotive, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, performance vehicles (motorsports) and trains.
In fact, CD-adapco is the leading supplier of simulation tools to Formula One teams, in addition to being the most widely used simulation tool for aerodynamic analysis among OEM’s.
CD-adapco has invested heavily to produce the most productive and robust process in the industry for simulating the aerodynamics performance of ground based vehicles. STAR-CCM+ is routinely used in the industry for the following aerodynamic applications:
CD-adapco products offer the following key features that act as differentiators for aerodynamic analyses:
Process: A robust and automatic process from CAD geometry to post-processing in a single integrated environment, including state-of-the-art surface geometry clean-up and manipulation tools and automatic hexahedral and polyhedral meshing
Automation: STAR-CCM+ offers a fully automated process for aerodynamic analysis, thereby allowing engineers and designers to spend less time doing repetitive and mundane tasks, allowing them to focus on analyzing engineering results and generating a constant stream of information to guide the design process.
Major OEM’s have used STAR-CCM+ integrated with vechile simulation java macros to create a streamlined, automated process for such analysis.
Our latest offering, Optimate, allows engineers to conduct Design of Experiments (DOE) and Optimization studies from within STAR-CCM+, enabling complete automation of the simulation process.
Steady/Unsteady Flows: STAR-CCM+ offers efficient steady and unsteady solvers, allowing engineers to use the most appropriate method for their case.
Multiphysics: Aerodynamicists increasingly need to consider passenger noise levels and buffeting phenomena, dirt and water deposition, as well as underhood thermal management.
STAR-CCM+ offers the required physics models and experience in solving these complex, multiphysics cases.