Welcome to Workshop Wednesday, a regular feature of the Tecplot blog. Here, we show you how engineers use our visualization software to create inspiringly accurate—sometimes even world-changing—design simulations.
To most people, it’s nothing. It’s just the blink of an eye.
To a sports car engineer, though, it makes all the difference.
What is it?
It is one tenth of one second.
In the motorsports industry, getting the best performance possible out of complex speed machines requires intense scrutiny and almost religious maintenance by experienced engineering teams who are relentlessly focused on finding ways to improve air flow, increase downforce, and reduce drag.
Take Toyota Motorsport in Cologne, Germany, for example. There, engineers use wind tunnels with sophisticated built-in PIV systems to help design faster high-performance cars. These PIV systems use a number of highly sophisticated technologies.
And one of them is computational fluid dynamics visualization software.
At Toyota, engineers correlate their PIV results with CFD simulations, both accurately measured and rendered by Tecplot software.
Studying the wake behind the front wheels of a vehicle, after all, can be the difference between a race won and a race lost.
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