Aerodynamics is a common application of CFD and one of the team’s core areas of expertise.
CFD allows the steady-state and transient aerodynamics of heating ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems, vehicles, aircraft, structures, wings and rotors to be computed with extremely high levels of accuracy.
Studies can cover the full speed range of low speed, transonic, supersonic and hypersonic flows as well as turbulence and flow control. System properties such as mass flow rates and pressure drops and fluid dynamic forces such as lift, drag and pitching moment can be readily calculated in addition to the wake effects. This data can be used directly for design purposes or as in input to a detailed stress analysis.
CFD simulation offers the ability to conduct comprehensive, automated, multi-point optimisation of designs. This process allows engineers to automatically optimise a design to a given set of performance parameters and can be used to minimise drag, or maximise mass flow or lift forces to given targets.
Typical CFD Simulations include:
- External Vehicle Aerodynamics
- Internal flow i.e air box
- Sport equipment and athlete drag reduction, performance optimisation.
- Vortex Shedding
- Structure Wind Load
- HVAC Application
Other Applications of CFD include: