Could a Car Following a Cyclist Determine the Tour de France Outcome?

This Sunday one of the most popular sporting events for tens of million people around the world begins. The Tour de France starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We will again see the world’s best top athletes fighting for the stage victory every day. We’ll admire them as they climb the steepest slope at an amazing speed and be impressed to see them completing a time trial at an average speed above 50 km/h. Throughout the past years, the regulations have continuously improved to guarantee a clean and fair race. As an example, during time trials, neither cars nor motorbikes are allowed in front of the cyclists as this would obviously reduce air resistance. Similarly, if a cyclist is catching up to the one ahead, they must stay on different sides of the road. However, there is no regulation to prevent a vehicle from following the athlete as it is commonly believed that a car riding behind a cyclist cannot influence him.

But is this really true?

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Guest Blog: Turbulent Combustion Modeling at CRAFT Tech

craft tech temperature contours combustion modelingCRAFT Tech (Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc.) is a small and well-established CFD consulting firm that specializes in addressing unique and challenging problems for both government and commercial customers. The focus of two recent projects was the accurate modeling of flame extinction and blow-out effects in aircraft propulsion and power generation systems. Within these applications there are strong interactions of flow turbulence with the flame dynamics. Continue reading

Aircraft Cabin Airflow: Curbing Disease Spread

For me, science and engineering has always been about designing solutions to the various problems in our everyday lives. When I began doing research in seventh grade, my very first project was a roof that converted the impact energy of precipitation into electricity to help power the home. The following year, I came up with a dynamically supportive knee brace that implements smart fluids to vary the amount of support that patients received, depending on the physical activity. Last year, I created a self-cleaning outdoor garbage bin to tackle the issue of urban sanitation in our neighborhoods.

raymond wang intel science fair winnerYet perhaps, I am best known for my most recent project, which won the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, out of 1,700 students nationally selected from 75+ countries. This year, I tackled the issue of airborne pathogen spread in aircraft cabins, generating the industry’s first high fidelity simulations of airflow inside airplane cabins. Using my insights, I engineered economically feasible solutions that altered cabin airflow patterns, creating personalized breathing zones for each individual passenger to effectively curb pathogen inhalation by up to 55 times and improve fresh air inhalation by more than 190%. Continue reading

Accurate Spray-Wall Interaction Predictions with ANSYS Fluent 16.0

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an integral part of product design and development. Today, CFD is extensively used across industries like Aerospace, Automotive, Marine, Oil and Gas, Electronics, Health care, Process and Infrastructure. While CFD tools provide detailed engineering insights and shorter product development cycles at reduced cost, CFD community is constantly working hard to improve accuracy, speed and ease of use of these tools. Complex physical phenomenon such as detailed chemistry, primary atomization, electro-chemistry, icing formation are constantly investigated and newer, better and accurate numerical models are introduced in CFD tool. Continue reading

Blade Row Flow Modeling in ANSYS 16.0

As you have probably heard, in January of this year, ANSYS 16.0 was released with a full set of new features and exciting enhancements covering our entire simulation portfolio (see more here). But in this blog, I would like to tell you a little more about turbomachinery blade row flow modeling capability in ANSYS 16.0.

Transient blade row (TBR) simulation is an important analysis and design tool, enabling turbomachinery designers to reliably improve the performance and predict the durability of rotating machinery. Traditional  transient simulation methods are expensive since it requires simulation of all blades in the full 360 degrees  to accurately account for the pitch difference between adjacent blade rows. However, ANSYS CFX pitch-change methods resolve this challenge by providing time accurate  unsteady turbomachinery flow simulations on just a small sector of the machine annulus (typically simulating only one or a few blades, a reduced blade row model), thus tremendously reducing computing cost resources and and reducing the overall time to obtain the simulation. Continue reading

High-fidelity and Detailed Chemistry Approaches in IC Engine Modeling

In order to accurately meet legislated fuel efficiency and emission standards, present day IC engines operate across complex combustion modes and use novel fuel formulations. Accurate simulation of these modes and fuel formulations requires the use of detailed chemical mechanisms, which typically span hundreds of species and chemical reactions. Even with advances in modern computing technology and algorithms, detailed chemistry simulation approaches are computationally time consuming and scale with the level of detail employed. Continue reading

16 Cool New Features of ANSYS Fluid Dynamics 16.0

Another release of ANSYS fluid dynamics products, another round of great new capabilities. While some may say that a picture is worth a thousand words, I invite you to view the video below for more than 16,000 words on 16 Cool New Features of ANSYS Fluid Dynamics 16.0. And they are all winners — so this is not a ranking, just a list! Continue reading

And Another Victory for Ferrari – Hats Off!

image of Ferrari with ANSYS logoThe entire ANSYS Family congratulates Ferrari for their World Endurance Championship drivers’, teams’ and manufacturers’ titles in the GTE Pro class. The stats are pretty amazing:

  • 17th World endurance world title for Ferrari
  • 3rd title in a row for the Ferrari-run AF Corse Team
  • AF Corse Team drivers Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilanderhad from the Ferrari-run AF Corse finish 1st and 2nd of the 2015 World Endurance Championship

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