About Guest Blogger Antonio Mancuso

Antonio Mancuso is professor of Design and Methods in Industrial Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy). He is the team principal of the university sailing team Zyz. His fields of interest are Design and Optimization methodologies, Sailing Yacht Design and numerical simulations.

Zyz Team is Simulating a Racing Sailboat with ANSYS

As an academic organization within the University of Palermo (Italy), our Zyz Sailing Team brings together students and professors with a shared passion for the design and manufacture of a racing sailboat. Our members have particular skill sets. Some are experienced with engineering design elements, such as CAD, the finite element method (FEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), while others are expert craftsmen.

We began designing and building small sailing boats in 2008. Our latest challenge was the creation of Ercte, a 16-foot foiling catamaran constructed of marine plywood and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

ZYZ Sailing boat image of Ercte catamaran: initial designErcte catamaran: initial design

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Zyz Sailing Team Designs Using ANSYS

Zys sailing teamZyz sailing team started designing and manufacturing small sailing boats in 2008 to participate to Italian inter-university regattas called 1001velaCUP. During the first eight-year experience of the team, different boats have been launched, trying to optimize all different aspects that influence the final performance of a boat. R3 class rule adopted in this competition imposes geometrical and structural constrains to the design process: maximum length x beam of the boat is 4,60 x 2,10 m, while a minimum percentage weight for the hull constituted by 70% of plant-origin material is imposed. Continue reading