CFD 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!
Digital Manufacturing Report Managing Editor, Chelsea Long published an article on CFD Data Management as it relates to HPC adoption by small and medium sized manufacturers (SMMs). Read the article
You have to get past the risk reduction argument before you can start to sell based on ROI. The small-to-medium guys aren’t seduced by CFD and it’s great mystery or promise. If they can’t cost-effectively predict the behavior of new products with low uncertainty, they’re not interested.
Steve M. Legensky
Founder and General Manager, Inteligent Light
Image from initial OpenFoam simulation in study of wind turbine wake structures. FieldView image courtesy of Prof. Sven Schmitz, Penn State.
Prof. Sven Schmitz and his students are using OpenFOAM and FieldView to study wind turbine wake structures. I just helped them get FieldView up and running on up to 32 CORES in both Client/Server mode and in Batch mode on their HPC cluster Cocoa. The simulations totaled 15 million grid points, 416 grids with 50 scalar and 8 vector quantities – EACH TIME STEP. Running FieldView in batch mode with 16 shared memory cores on 1 compute node, it took about 6 minutes per time step to read the data, create coordinate cut planes and iso-surfaces of vorticity, then output data extracts (XDB), movies and pictures. I’ll be working with Prof. Schmitz’s students on using this custom XDB workflow to make a movie for the ‘Gallery of Fluid Motion’ for the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics.
First Look (.wmv)
Our own Earl Duque, Manager of Applied Research, was interviewed and profiled for art and science magazine 5enses.
These visualizations help people understand what we’re doing, they’re beautiful and compelling, and can certainly be viewed as art, there’s hardcore engineering behind them, as well.” – Earl P. N. Duque, Ph. D.
“Earl taught me how to do CFD computations in a thorough, professional manner … and to always question my results and make sure they were right, these aren’t skills I learned in a classroom… he instilled these practices in me.” – Abigail Arington
Read the article
This edition features CFD for small-medium sized organizations, large data stories, Formula 1 news, and Digital Manufacturing Report’s most popular article ever.
FieldView image courtesy of Professor Steven E. Gorrell, Brigham Young University.
In this issue:
- A Billion Cells and Beyond
- Accelerating Product Engineering at Smaller Organizations
- FieldView Automation in Turbomachinery
- The New F1 Season Heats Up with CFD at the Front of the Grid
View the archive