University of Utah

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Watch video of ANSYS Discovery Live being used to compare and visualize suspension designs.

Problem:

The aerodynamics team at the University of Utah needed to gain a better understanding of how different components on the car alter the air flow, and how it could improve its design to reduce drag. The team had recently familiarized themselves with performing parametric studies in ANSYS Fluent and ANSYS CFX, but were looking for a better way to test more design iterations during the upfront design stage.

Use of ANSYS Discovery Live:

The students used Discovery Live in a number of ways. They were able to compare three different suspension designs under consideration and quickly analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each. They also determined that adding thin, symmetric airfoil-shaped covers over the suspension arms would make them more aerodynamic and improve the airflow around the vehicle as a whole. Using Discovery Live, they were also able to visualize the impact of the various car components, perform simulations much more quickly and make better design choices earlier in their process.