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SAE Competitions Foster Use of CFD
Posted Tue March 15, 2011 @02:12PM
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News Xtreme Engineering is what you get with the SAE Collegiate Design Competitions. Go beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle.

Students participating in the Aero Design Competition are taking that to heart -- and earning valuable CFD application experience in the process.

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Fifty-eight teams are registered for the competition, which is intended to provide undergraduate and graduate engineering students with a real-life engineering challenge. The competition has been designed to provide exposure to the kinds of situations common in the professional environment.

Primarily a design competition, the competition requires students to perform trade studies and make compromises to arrive at a design solution that will optimally meet the mission requirements while conforming to the configuration limitations. Teams fly their airplanes as part of the event.

Pointwise, Inc. is a sponsor of the SAE Aero Design West competition to be held at Thunderbird Field in Dutch Branch Park in Fort Worth, TX, on 18-20 March. Pointwise additionally sponsors two teams participating in the competition, the Jayhawk Heavy Lift team from the University of Kansas and the Assailing Falcons from the Vellore Institute of Technology in India.

”Working with students is a lot of fun,” said John Chawner, Pointwise’s president. “They’re not as set in their ways as many of us older folks and their enthusiasm is contagious, especially when their designs start working. Sponsorship is an easy way for us to encourage them and share CFD software with them so they can focus on learning and achieving. We look forward to meeting all the teams in a couple of weeks.”

In addition to this competition, Pointwise sponsors teams in other SAE Collegiate Design Series events.

For more information on the competitions, see

SAE International is a global body of scientists, engineers, and practitioners that advances self-propelled vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society.

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