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Stanford Solar Car Team Races to Aerodynamic Efficiency

FORT WORTH, TX (14 March 2016) – Tecplot, SU2, Stanford Solar Car Project and Pointwise will present a joint, 30-minute webinar entitled, “The Stanford Solar Car Project's Race for Aerodynamic Efficiency” on 5 April at 10 a.m. CDT (GMT - 5).

Hybrid volume mesh generated for the vehicle using Pointwise's T-Rex algorithm.+
Stanford Solar Car Team Races to Aerodynamic Efficiency

Chasing the Sun 3000 km across the Australian Outback is a challenge. And doing it in a solar powered vehicle is an even bigger challenge. But every two years teams from around the world converge on Darwin, Australia to make the journey to Adelaide in the solar powered cars they have engineered specifically for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

The Stanford Solar Car Project, a student-run organization, has been designing and building solar cars since 1989 and arrives in Darwin every two years with a stunning new vehicle. The latest vehicle in their lineup, Arctan, took 6th place out of 29 teams in the 2015 competition with a time just over 41 hours.

For more information or to register, go to www.pointwise.com/webinar.

Topics covered in this webinar:

  • Stanford Solar Car Project history and the engineering challenges faced when designing Arctan
  • Generation of repeatable, high quality, hybrid viscous meshes using anisotropic tetrahedral extrusion (T-Rex) with Pointwise
  • The setup of SU2 for solving the incompressible RANS equations and computing surface sensitivities for design
  • How to extract solution information from an array of design iterations using Tecplot 360 EX

Presenters will be Travis Carrigan; Scott Fowler, Tecplot; David Manosalvas, Stanford University; and Rachel Abril, Stanford University.

Scott Fowler is a product manager for Tecplot 360 EX & Tecplot Chorus. Mr. Fowler holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Washington. He has been at Tecplot for 16 years and became a product manager for Tecplot 360 EX and Tecplot Chorus after his tenure as the lead product architect both products. Mr. Fowler sees things from a customers' perspective and is a natural problem solver. It is his job to understand where the CFD and aerospace markets are going, gather customer feedback, and make sure Tecplot develops products to meet those needs.

David E. Manosalvas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University. He works in the Aerospace Computing Laboratory under the direction of Professor Antony Jameson. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2011, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2014. His research interests are in active flow control, aerodynamics of ground vehicles, aircraft and UAV aerodynamics and design, numerical methods, and shape optimization.

Rachel Abril is an aerodynamics lead on the Stanford Solar Car Project and a master's student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. Rachel joined the mechanical team in 2013 as a sophomore and gave the TEDx talk following the 2013 car's success. For the most recent 2015 cycle, she specialized in meshing for the aerodynamics team, did mechanical design for the car, and was also a driver. For this next cycle, Rachel is leading the aerodynamics tool chain and hopes to get even more involved in mechanical design.

Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company's Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers, such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, ANSYS CFX, OpenFOAM®, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows (Intel and AMD), Linux (Intel and AMD), and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing. Large manufacturing firms and research organizations worldwide rely on Pointwise as their complete CFD preprocessing solution.

With 35 years of experience and more than 47,000 users worldwide, Tecplot offers the fastest and most versatile desktop visual data analysis tools for scientists and engineers. Whether performing simulations, analyses or experiments, you can quickly explore and understand complex data and present high-quality images and animations exactly the way you want – and it's easy.

SU2 is an open-source collection of software tools written in C++ and integrated using Python for performing CFD analysis and design. It is built specifically for the analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs) and PDE-constrained optimization on unstructured meshes with state of the art numerical methods, making this platform particularly well-suited for aerodynamic shape design. The flexible code structure makes SU2 an ideal vehicle for performing multi-physics simulations. While initial applications were mostly in high-speed aerodynamics, through the initiative of users around the world, SU2 is now being used to design flows in incompressible settings (mechanical systems and ground vehicle design), in renewable energy applications (wind turbines and solar collectors), naval engineering (free surface flows), and even chemical engineering.

Founded in 1989, the Stanford Solar Car Project is an entirely student-run, non-profit organization fueled by its members’ passion for environmentally sustainable technology. The Stanford Solar Car Project provides a unique opportunity for Stanford students to gain valuable hands-on engineering and business experience while raising community awareness of clean energy vehicles. Every two years, the team designs, builds and races a solar car across the Australian Outback in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. In 2013, the team finished 4th overall and were North America's No. 1 team. In 2015, the team cut their time behind the leading team in half and are more competitive than ever going into the next race.

More information about Pointwise is available at www.pointwise.com.

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For more information:
Andrea Alvarado

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