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Richard Childress Racing Selects CFdesign
Posted Tue March 23, 2004 @09:28AM
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News Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. (BRNI) has announced that Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in Welcome, North Carolina, has selected CFdesign® for virtual prototyping fluid flow and heat transfer performance of automotive components and systems built in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire.

Recognized as a one of the heavyweights of NASCAR, RCR has a reputation for finding engineering innovations that help current drivers Kevin Harvick, Johnny Sauter, Robby Gordon, Ron Hornaday, and Clint Bowyer cross the finish line first in Nextel Cup and Busch Series races across the country.

"CFdesign is perfect for our high-performance engineering teams," stated David Holden, a team engineer at RCR. "We build prototypes in Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire, hit a button, and instantly we're ready for a CFD simulation that delivers fast results on a workstation PC. If we want to investigate alternative designs, we make the changes in Wildfire and within minutes we're getting real-time results on the new designs from the Runtime Monitor in CFdesign."

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RCR saw the benefit of CFdesign with the very first project. Always looking for an edge in a competition where a fraction of a second determines winners and losers, CFdesign helped improve the fuel delivery system used by pit crews to refuel the car. Holden says the improvement achieved with CFdesign is a gain that will show up on the racetrack.

"There have been issues associated with using more traditional CFD software tools in the past" explained Holden, "it could not handle parametric design changes, it required a dedicated engineering analyst to run the software and a computer the size of a washing machine to deliver simulation results in a reasonable timeframe. We needed a tool the whole team can use and that's why we selected CFdesign."

"It's great to see companies like RCR realize the benefits of upfront CFD, stated Blue Ridge Numerics president, Ed Williams. "We take great pride in all our customers but it is especially exciting to know our software may help RCR drivers take home a few more trophies."

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