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Yves-Marie Lefebvre

Leading Edge CFD Post-Processing in the Automotive Industry

Intelligent Light delivered a keynote presentation at the VINAS User Conference in Shinagawa, Japan.

 

How the Automotive Industry is Pushing the Limits of CFD Post-Processing with FieldView

Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief

Yves-Marie, Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief

 

CFD Engineers working in the automotive industry are being asked to simulate increasingly complex systems and phenomena, while having to deal with strong time and cost constraints. This is probably the reason why an increasing number of them are switching to FieldView, after trying other commercial or open source post-processors. In this presentation, we’ll review three automotive industrial examples, covering areas as different as engine thermal validation, external aero and internal combustion, which used the same technology (FieldView’s automation, high performance graphics and data extracts capabilities) but applied in different ways, thanks to the help of Intelligent Light’s Services Team. What these three companies had in common was the need to do more with the same hardware, whether that’s getting their post-processing results faster or being able to interact with large transient results in a way it had never been done before.

 

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Roger Rintala

SAE Supermileage: Concordia Team Completes Testing

Competition Results Update!

Concordia U - SAE Supermileage Team 2014Congratulations to the Concordia University Team on their win of the 2014 Endurance Award for reliability on the track.  With 208 design points and 448 MPG, the team achieved their first top 10 finish in their 18 year history in the SAE Supermileage Competition.

 

FieldView has become a core element of their workflow and will help the team continue to develop their capabilities every year as team members change over time.  CFD driven improvements to the engine are already being planned for 2015 and FieldView will be used for their new internal combustion studies.

The use of basic automation including FieldView RESTART files saved Mr. Eminanlou days to weeks as he worked with successive design cases.

Concordia Poster

Concordia University’s SAE Supermileage vehicle engineering poster presentation. (click for large image)

Body Design Lead Mehran Eminanlou has performed CFD analysis for the team contributing to the engineering knowledge and resulting designs for both external aerodynamics and evaluation of the fuel inlet.  FieldView has been used to quickly analyze results from Ansys Fluent for multiple design iterations and on-track wind conditions. FieldView provided the capabilities to evaluate results and create high-quality, informative images, animations, and plots for presentation at design reviews.  The speed of FieldView and ability to work efficiently to analyze and compare multiple cases proved to be essential to the project.  Moreover, the functionality was accessible without the need to spend lots of time learning how to utilize the required features.  The use of basic automation including FieldView RESTART files saved Mr. Eminanlou days to weeks as he worked with successive design cases.

 

Good luck in Detroit gentlemen!

Roger Rintala

Infiniti Red Bull Racing expains the 2014 F1 Changes in New Video

Formula 1 is being transformed by major rule changes in 2014.  Our friends at Infiniti Red Bull Racing have produced a beautiful and compelling video to explain the changes for fans of engineering and racing.

 

RB10 Turbocharger

The new RB10 turbocharger as presented in Infiniti Red Bull Racing video explaining 2014 changes to F1 race cars. (courtesy of Infiniti Red Bull Racing)

For the Infiniti Red Bull Formula 1 team, the new RB10 will carry the hopes of Infiniti Red Bull Racing as they take on the new season and all the new rule changes for 2014.

 

Four-time Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel will pilot the RB10 as will his new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo.  New driver Daniel Ricciardo has already proven he has the skills to compete alongside Vettel at the top of the sport.  Take a ride with the drivers as they explain the major changes for the RB10.

2014 brings huge changes including:

  • Increased fuel efficiency with new V6 hybrid engines (vs. last year’s V-8s) and first ever limits on fuel consumption.  35% fuel reduction per race.
  • Enough electrical power from the hybrid Energy Recovery System (ERS) for 33 seconds per lap of electric power at 160 bhp use (vs. last year’s 6 seconds per lap at 80 bhp)
  • Turbos are back using exhaust gasses to feed the ERS
  • Narrower front wing and elimination of the lower beam wing in the rear
Yves-Marie Lefebvre

Transient Post-Processing for a Full Car Thermal Validation Study

An Innovative Transient Post-Processing Approach for a Full Car Thermal Validation Study

Full car CFD simulation using STAR-CCM+ solutions. FieldView post-processing enables large scale transient cases to be productively analyzed.  To be presented at the 2014 STAR Global Conference.

Full car CFD simulation using STAR-CCM+ solutions. FieldView post-processing enables large scale transient cases to be productively analyzed. To be presented at the 2014 STAR Global Conference.

STAR-CCM+ and FieldView have been used, through an extract based post-processing workflow, to analyze a very large transient simulation case. This method not only allowed monitoring of simulation results over time, such as the maximum temperature of thousands of car parts and their comparison with the critical temperature of each material, but also allowed investigation of transient phenomena interactively in order to gain better understanding. To our knowledge, this work is unprecedented in the automotive industry.

Intelligent Light is proud of our partnership with CD-adapco. At the 2014 STAR Global Conference,  Yves-Marie Lefebvre, FieldView Product Chief, shared leading edge techniques and capabilities developed from our work with CD-adapco and leaders in automotive engineering.  The presentation demonstrated just how much CFD data can be efficiently created and utilized, compressing analysis cycles and delivering value from large scale, unsteady STAR-CCM+ simulations.

Roger Rintala

Infiniti Red Bull Racing – Formula 1 Domination in 2013

Red Bull Racing Team Supplier logoCFD is a crucial engineering strength at Infiniti Red Bull Racing where over 80% of their  aerodynamic design work is driven by CFD. CFD Team Leader, Nathan Sykes talks about where the challenges and achievements of his team using FieldView and automated CFD post-processing.

 

Infiniti Red Bull Formula 1 – An elite team in Formula 1 Racing
After claiming the Constructor’s and Driver’s Championship for four straight years, the Red Bull’s are a favorite at every race they contest.

Domination in 2013:

  • Red Bull’s 596 total points was well clear of Mercedes’ 360 and Ferrari’s 354 points
  • Vettel’s total of 13 wins during the season puts him alongside Michael Schumacher as joint holder of the record for most wins in a single campaign.
  • 13 additional podiums
  • Red Bull finished the season with 9 consecutive wins and a fourth 1-2 finish at the final race.

A team built upon great engineering and great driving brings the fastest cars on the track that were designed with heavy use of CFD and a model high-productivity workflow. We are proud of our association with the Infinity Red Bull Racing team and all they have accomplished using FieldView for their CFD post-processing. Learn more about how high-productivity CFD using FieldView is helping Red Bull continue to stay on top!