FLUENT CFD Software from ANSYS Helps F1 Team More Than Double Point Tally
SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Nov. 1 /CNW/ -- ANSYS, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS), a global
innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product
development processes, today announced that ANSYS engineering simulation
software assisted the BMW Sauber F1 Team, who has more than double last year's
points total in the 2007 Constructors' Championship.
Prior to the season, the BMW Sauber F1 Team signed an extended agreement
with Fluent Deutschland, a subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc., to use FLUENT(R)
computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to run powerful engineering
simulations on its new supercomputer -- one of the largest in Europe -- rather
than invest in a second wind tunnel. This investment in CFD has allowed the
team to run increasingly complex simulations of race car aerodynamics, far
quicker than was previously possible. This has enabled the BMW Sauber F1 Team
to analyze and implement design changes more quickly, which combined with
other advances the team has made, has delivered the team's best performance in
the Constructors' Championship to date.
"The launch of our latest supercomputer was a decisive reinforcement of
our CFD capacity. Unlike other teams, we didn't plan to build a second wind
tunnel. Instead, we have used the key relationship commitment with ANSYS to
continue to develop and exploit the expanding potential for CFD that high-
performance computing gives us," explained Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport
Director. He added that wind tunnel testing will continue as an important
design element of their F1 racing car design because of validation of results
and other areas of car development.
"The big difference with CFD compared to wind tunnels is that you not
only get results, but also get an understanding of what goes on. Wind tunnel
testing remains important with experimental work and CFD complementing each
other," Theissen said.
To optimize the performance of the FLUENT CFD software, the BMW Sauber F1
Team invested in a custom-built supercomputer called "Albert2," the successor
to its original Albert supercomputer developed in 2004. Powered by 512
Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5160 dual core processors, Albert(2) is 5.5 times more
powerful and three times faster than the first Albert computer. Albert2 was
specifically designed and built to run CFD simulations using the latest
version of FLUENT software. It has the capacity to make 12,288,000,000,000
calculations per second, which highlights the staggering pace of advance in
the potential power available to perform CFD simulations. Theoretically, the
BMW Sauber F1 Team could run simulations approaching and even exceeding the
landmark figure of 1 billion cells. When FLUENT became the first CFD software
tool to be used in F1 -- by the Benetton team of 1992 -- simulations of only
100,000 cells were possible, such as the analysis of a front wing. The
possibility of FLUENT meshes of 1 billion cells or more demonstrates how the
continued partnership between the BMW Sauber F1 Team and ANSYS is proving
critical to driving CFD development and making the technology ever-more
important in the design process.
"Working together with the BMW Sauber F1 Team, we are exploring how
maximum benefit can be yielded in aerodynamic design," said Ferit Boysan, vice
president and general manager at ANSYS, Inc. "Relationships such as this are
genuinely pioneering the engineering simulation possibilities of the future,
and they could well have implications far beyond F1 racing. We are working at
the leading edge of the technology, with the exciting thing being that we
don't even know what the limits are yet."
Computer-aided engineering and CFD simulations can be applied to many
areas of the racing car, allowing team engineers to quickly and accurately
test a number of design candidates before developing only the most promising
for wind tunnel testing. The new compute power offered by the Albert2
supercomputer allows full-car simulations in addition to the aerodynamic
testing of components such as the front and rear wings, turning vanes, brake
ducts, fuel tanks and more.
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About the BMW Sauber F1 Team
The BMW Sauber F1 Team is a Formula One racing team with bases in Munich,
Germany and Hinwil, Switzerland. The team came into existence on January 1st
2006 following the purchase of a majority share of the existing Sauber Formula
One team by German car manufacturer BMW. For its first season in 2006, the
team scored two podium finishes and placed fifth in the Constructors'
Championship. The BMW Sauber F1 Team continues to use the facilities in
Hinwil, mostly for chassis construction and improving aerodynamics, while
BMW's headquarters in Munich is responsible for designing and building the
entire powertrain and electronics. The BMW Sauber F1 Team has been using the
FLUENT software tool from ANSYS, Inc. for its racing car design and
development since 2001.
About ANSYS, Inc.
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simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers
across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development
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