UC Motorsports Wins the Dynamic Event with ANSYS CFD

Each year the University of Canterbury Motorsport (UCM) team in New Zealand pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved in racing; in 2016 they overcame their greatest challenge to date. After three years (2013-2015) of competing in the Australasian Formula SAE competition with an internal combustion engine vehicle , the team decided in 2016 to design and build New Zealand’s very first four-wheel drive (4WD) electric vehicle for the competition. The results were remarkable: UCM made history by becoming the first team with an electric vehicle to win a dynamic event at the Australasian Formula SAE competition.
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BadgerLoop Takes Number 3 Spot at Hyperloop Competition

badgerloop hyperloop competition ansysOur story began in the afternoon of Monday, June 15, 2015. It was just like any other day until an email with SpaceX’s announcement of a Hyperloop competition was received. We got to thinking and within a week, BadgerLoop was created purely by word of mouth. 15 students worked from around the world, while on summer internships, to solidify the core of BadgerLoop. Continue reading

As We Say Goodbye to Sochi … Let’s Start Working on Pyeongchang!

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Stacey Cook (USA) performing with the Rossignol skis

Wow, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have been amazing and make me even more impatient to go to skiing in early April. I’ll especially remember three of the sporting events. First, Bart Swings from Belgium finished in fourth place in the 5,000-meter speed skating just behind a fully Dutch podium. Maybe aerodynamic simulation could have improved his performance and delivered him a place on the platform. There was also some great ski jumping where the skiers literally flew, and I found a flapping ski to perfectly illustrate fluid–structure interaction. I don’t know if this flapping is good or bad for performance. What do you think? Finally, I’ll remember the breathtaking downhill race. Continue reading

ANSYS Webinars This Week – Nov. 11

ANSYS Webinar Learning Events

This week we have four ANSYS webinars in the line-up.  We hope that you’ll register and attend those that interest you. I’ve also included some in-person events that are taking place in the U.S. this week, so just scroll down to the bottom of the page for those.

For those who need a little more advanced notice to attend ANSYS webinars, please visit our full EVENTS CALENDAR.

November 13, 2013 Ask the Expert – Random Vibration Analysis Using Mechanical & MAPDL R14.5
November 13, 2013 Ask The Expert: Part I – User Defined Functions in ANSYS Fluent
November 14, 2013 Design Integration of Advanced Lightweight Composite Materials & the Challenges of Multifunctionality
November 14, 2013 How to Boost Multi Objective Shape Optimization with Mesh Morphing Technologies from RBF-Morph

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Innovative New Method for Vehicle Aerodynamic Simulation

Some of our regular readers might recall that back in October 2011 I alluded to something new coming down the pike. If you missed it, you might want to catch up by reading The Next Big Thing in Vehicle Aerodynamic Simulation?

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I’m sure you’re aware that aerodynamics development is all about trade-offs, striking the right balance between styling needs and aerodynamic concerns. Nearly all major automotive and truck manufacturers use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) during the development process to evaluate aerodynamic drag of proposed vehicle designs. Typically, R&D teams analyze about 50 to 500 different vehicle shape variants in the time available for aerodynamic development. The analysis results shed considerable light on the impact of styling choices on aerodynamic performance, but they do not come close to achieving the potential of simulation to identify the best possible design that meets the various constraints and trade-offs involved in the project. Continue reading