Our team needed software that was capable of simulating water and airflow simultaneously while calculating forces acting on the hull and wing. Due to its ease of use and multiphase flow capabilities, we chose to use Ansys Fluent to help design and optimize the boat wing.
Ansys’ simulation software gave us the tools needed to test our designs in a virtual environment. This helped our team rule out less effective models, resulting in saved time and money. Our team also had no experience prior to joining the team in designing a hydrofoil boat. Comparing our calculations with Ansys results gave us confidence in our design before real-world testing.
Additionally, being able to use the same simulation software used in industry was great exeperience for our team. We now possess simulation skills that can be used in our future engineering careers.