This is the first installment of Is it fast or just cool. In this series, we will release computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of popular fiction or everyday vehicles. TotalSim US has completed an aerodynamic analysis using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of the Batmobile to see how cool it really is…
Simulation is transitioning from a highly specialized operation performed by experts at the end of the design process to a more ubiquitous activity that can help optimize products throughout the design cycle. That means companies are doing more simulation and asking for results much faster.
CFD Engineer, Andy Luo, presented at the 3rd AIAA CFD High Lift Prediction Workshop hosted by the AIAA Aviation and and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition on June 3, 2017 in Denver, CO. The Workshop was well attended with 36 participants from 14 countries ranging from academia to CFD vendors to research labs.
Thanks to the meticulous work of the simulation industry’s leading artists and vehicle dynamicists, the 50+ digital race cars available on iRacing.com look, drive and race like their real world counterparts. The key word there is “digital.” For, when all is said and done, iRacing’s stock, sports and open wheel cars are constructed of advanced mathematics and physics calculations rather than physical parts. There isn’t a real bolt, A-arm or wing to be found.
Drive a car not originally built for racing around an oval track at 200 mph for a couple hours and you begin to understand why stock car drivers want the greatest and latest information on how their car will handle in close traffic on a banked curve. Traditionally engineers in NASCAR relied on wind-tunnel and track testing. But in recent years, NASCAR began looking for an alternative.