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Stephen Ferguson, CD-adapco The Lotus T128 is set to revolutionize the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship. Borrowing heavily from a process perfected in Formula 1, the T128 will be the first LMP2 car to be designed using an intensive engineering simulation process. I spoke with Stéphane Chosse, who is in charge of the design and engineering office at ADESS AG, to find out exactly how CFD has influenced the aerodynamic design of this exciting new racecar. Dynamics 33 - Read more...
Claus D. Simonsen, Senior Specialist, Hydro and Aerodynamics, FORCE Technology. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is becoming a major element in the consultancy services that FORCE Technology of fers to its clients in the marine sector. Dynamics 31 - Read more...
Jean-Philippe Pélaprat - ORECA, France The aerodynamic configuration of a Le Mans Prototype depends on the nature of the track where it races: some pre-installed parts may be adjusted, such as the rear wing main plane or the flap. Regulations permit the homologation of various versions of the aerodynamic package but place restrictions on how many changes can be made. Typically, up to two “flaps” are allowed to be added on the front fenders in order to increase the front downforce. These flaps are the object of the aero analysis and optimization described in the article. Dynamics 31 - Read...
Flavio Cimolin, AMET S.r.l, Andrea Menotti, Olsa S.p,A, Lucia Sclafani, CD-adapco The design of rear lamps for the automotive industr y is becoming more challenging as an ever finer compromise between product lightness and resistance to heat loads needs to be found. Only after engineers have successfully achieved this delicate but essential balance, style and aesthetics considerations can be added to the equation. Dynamics 31 - Read more...
Yoshihiko Sunayama, Ph.D - Group Leader, CAE Group, Digital Engineering Dept. Suzuki Motor Corporation In the development of a sports motorcycle, a balance must be achieved between low drag to improve per formance and good air flow through the cooling system to maintain reasonable fuel economy. Typically, however, a low drag coef ficient (CD) and increased flow through the heat exchangers are contradictory in nature, as an improvement in one leads to deterioration in the other. With this in mind, Suzuki looked to STAR-CCM+ to help optimize their bike designs by studying aerodynamics and heat...
CD-adapco is pleased to announce that its industry leading simulation tool, STAR-CCM+, now includes a direct link to Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA, delivering fully coupled, two-way, fluid-str ucture interaction (FSI). Dynamics 31 - Read more
Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Teams with CD-adapco Wilson is taking its soccer balls to the next level in aerodynamics research using CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ software on Windows HPC Ser ver 2008. Dynamics 31 - Read more...
Drew Robb, freelance writer. In the quest to improve efficiency and per formance of gas turbine engines, manufacturers over the past few decades have steadily altered their designs to increase turbine inlet air temperatures. Although this achieves the desired result, it produces the side ef fect of over heating the blades - and that leads to low cycle fatigue failures. But with oil prices fluctuating and the industr y accepting the reality of the need to reduce carbon emissions, the tendency toward higher turbine inlet temperature continues unabated. This poses considerable challenges for the...
Anne Boorsma, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Dejan Radosavljevic and Stewart Whitworth, Lloyd’s Register ODS Technical Investigations and Analysis Consultancy, UK. Lloyd’s Register ODS has recently been involved with the investigation of a number of vibration and noise related habitability problems aboard feeder containerships of 2000-3000 TEU capacity having all-aft deckhouses; feeder containerships are relatively small vessels that transport car goes to and from large, long-haul container terminals. Dynamics 30 - Read more...

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