Sailing Past a Billion

Racing yacht design researchers push flow simulation past a meshing milestone. In recent years, several leading America’s Cup sailing teams have become topshelf users of flow simulation software by pushing the envelope of existing meshing and solver technology. Just a decade ago, experiments on physical models — using wind tunnels and towing tanks — were the main tools for the top teams in their external aerodynamic and hydrodynamic investigations. The option of simulating a number of boat designs in a virtual environment has been shown to have several advantages, including full control of all the parameters involved, repeatability of the measurements, and the ability to simulate non-standard sailing condition scenarios.

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