The Stanford Solar Car Project’s Race for Aerodynamic Efficiency

Chasing the sun 3000km across the Australian Outback is a grueling test. 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, nonprofit organization within Stanford University, has […]

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CFD Simulation Analysis Times Reduced

Case Study: Tecplot Chorus integrates with KARALIT CFD to save time with mesh-free CFD simulations and analyses The Immersed Boundary (IB) methodology, a mesh-free technique for running CFD simulations, has been around since the 1970s. Instead of running Navier-Stokes equations on grids that conform to the shape of an object, as is done with meshing, the IB technique immerses a CAD model of the object into a Cartesian grid and […]

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Building One of the World’s Most Efficient Electric Cars

Tecplot 360 helps Stanford University students optimize design of solar-powered car to compete in the Australian Outback’s World Solar Challenge The sun shines down upon the immense Australian Outback like nowhere else, drenching the land in solar energy that begs to be tapped. Where better to stage the World Solar Challenge, a design competition established to find the world’s most efficient solar-electric car? Every two years, some of the brightest […]

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Bringing More Excitement to Auto Racing with Mushroom-Busting Designs

Tecplot Chorus Helps Swift Engineering Inc. Change Mushroom-shaped Wakes on Formula Race Cars to Make Passing Easier and Auto Racing More Exciting The race does not always go to the swift, especially when it’s Formula auto racing, where the wake of a race car can be turbulent enough to prevent others from passing it, no matter how fast they’re going. “That can make it pretty boring to watch, as well,” […]

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Toyota Motorsport wind tunnel helps automotive engineers design faster high-performance cars with sophisticated built-in PIV system

        February 2011 Tecplot software provides critical CFD visualization component in cutting-edge technology The blink of an eye may mean nothing to most people, but in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of auto racing, it can be the difference between winning and losing. Glance at the results of almost any Formula One race and you’ll see that the top three cars usually finish within a few tenths of […]

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