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CD adapco Software to Aid BMW ORACLE Racing
Posted Wed July 07, 2004 @08:03AM
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News Dating from 1851, the America’s Cup is the oldest and most desired trophy in the world of sailing. In the 32nd edition of the America's Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing team will be striving to win the America’s Cup from the title holder Team Alinghi, the defending champions

BMW ORACLE Racing, is employing the best possible technology in its racing yacht design development. In order to study the dynamics of flow, the design team has selected the CD adapco Group, the leading global provider of computational engineering solutions, to provide CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) software.

“For this demanding work we require precision, production capability and some specific functionality only found in CD adapco Group’s software. We work the software hard to achieve an optimal design for our sailors to take into battle for the America’s Cup,” says Ian Burns, BMW ORACLE Racing, Design Coordinator. “By working alongside CD adapco Group we gain a great advantage from having the right tool combined with a great team. We all share a common goal: success.”


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The construction of an America’s Cup yacht only pursues one aim: to make the boat as fast as possible by any means. The key will be determining the design with the least drag within the design constraints of weight, structural strength and lift. Small design modifications can result in significant competitive gain. By using CFD the complete RANS (Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes) equations can be solved, making it possible to build a computational model of the yacht and gain an accurate picture of flow physics to evaluate ways of improving its performance.

BMW ORACLE Racing will use the CD adapco Group’s CFD software solvers, pre- and post-processing software and CAD packages to analyze hydrodynamic flow around the hull and the interaction of all yacht components affecting performance, including the rudder, keel and winglets. Analysis will be carried out to measure forces for different designs under different sailing conditions and will include a sinkage and turn prediction as well as a simulation of the unsteady wave breaking near the hull.

“The CD adapco Group is very proud and excited to be an Official Supplier of BMW ORACLE Racing. It provides us with the opportunity to assist with the development of a competitive design and contribute to improving the team’s performance on the race course,” says Didier Halbronn, Vice President of Sales, CD adapco Group.

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