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Dodge Uses CFD to Get Back Into NASCAR Racing
Posted Mon June 04, 2001 @01:55PM
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Application When Dodge (DaimlerChrysler) decided to sponsor a NASCAR race car after an absence of more than 20 years, they used CAD/CAM/CFD to design the new car.
“We will have gone from an idea to competitive race cars in 500 days. Without these new tools, we couldn’t have done it.”

...CFD program can also help the teams by creating situations that aren’t possible at the track or in a wind tunnel. Simulating a rolling-road situation, for example, allows engineers to predict how two or Using supercomputers at DaimlerChrysler headquarters, engineers check aerodynamic properties (top) as well as various under-the-skin elements of the car. more cars of similar (two Dodges) and different shapes (they also have the computer files on Pontiac, Chevrolet and Ford) would behave in a drafting situation and how cars would behave when racing close to a wall. They also can predict the behavior of a Dodge with its front end blocked off with tape (for qualifying), partially blocked (cool days) or open (hot days).

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