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CFX Backs Team New Zealand
Posted Mon November 19, 2001 @10:10AM
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ANSYS CFX Team New Zealand, which as we previously reported is backed by SGI, has now received support from AEA Technology as the official CFD supplier to the team for the 2003 America's Cup challenge.
As defending champions, having won the America's Cup in 1995 and 2000, Team New Zealand hopes that CFX CFD software will enable them to achieve a third consecutive win - ensuring the team a place in the record books.
To improve the yacht's performance, Team New Zealand designers will be modelling wave patterns and drag around the hull. In particular, CFX is being used to calculate the drag on the keel bulb. A number of different keel bulb shapes are being examined to determine a design which provides the lowest center of gravity while minimizing drag. In addition, the team is studying induced drag on the appendages and using CFX to model sail aerodynamics.

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Nick Holroyd, Design Engineer for Team New Zealand, says: "CFX's strength is in multiphase physics, which is exactly what was required for this particular application. In addition, by allowing our design team direct access to the software developers, CFX provides the best support in the industry. With CFX's new coupled solver technology and generous hardware support from SGI we are in a position to really push the state of the art."
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