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Yacht model during experiments in the HSVA towing tank.
Application: CFD Helping Yacht Design for America’s Cup
Posted Wed August 06, 2003 @12:27PM
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Application The America's Cup, dating from 1851, is the oldest trophy in international sport and is considered to be yacht racing's Holy Grail. With such importance based on the design, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) has become crucial in the production of a winning yacht.

In the year 2000, a German challenger started to work towards a future challenge called Pinta Racing. An international team of experts for hull form design, sailing aerodynamics, and further technical resources were brought together to support an outstanding crew of internationally renowned sailors to challenge the cup holder. The independent consulting company, Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) was asked to join the Pinta Racing’s expert team and perform the hydrodynamic assessment of the new ship hull. The main activities of HSVA comprised CFD computations and natural experimental tests in their large towing tank. The CFD analysis was based on potential flow results using the CFD code Comet from the CD adapco Group.

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