Design Methods company won the 2016 Hall of Fame world competition in the session Corporate thanks to a groundbreaking application concerning the optimization of A-class catamaran that was accomplished through the coupled use of ANSYS Fluent and RBF Morph.
In specific, a CFD sail analysis with an analytical velocity prediction program (VPP) was tuned against multiphase CFD analysis of the hull in order to get the optimal shape.
Sail design is a complex aerodynamic problem.
Apart from the capability to accurately predict sail performance, the numerical design tool must adjust to sailing conditions related to hull performance.
A sail shape optimization procedure coupling ANSYS Fluent for aerodynamic analysis to an analytical velocity prediction program led to the successful design of an A-class catamaran sail.