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. Continue reading →
Our 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 →
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 →
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.
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 →