The perfect environment for stretching a car’s performance to the limit is the demanding world of motorsport. Headquartered in Banbury, UK, Prodrive has been perfecting its motorsport technology for more than 29 years. Prodrive is one of the largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses in the world. Some of the biggest brand names in racing have been powered by Prodrive engineers, including Aston Martin, BMW, and MINI. From design to development, Prodrive is responsible for fully optimizing the race vehicle’s weight, performance, reliability, and efficiency. To meet these challenges Prodrive needs a solution that enables engineers to develop optimized solutions in a compressed timeframe.
In this particular example, the team of engineers decided to use computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques to analyze and improve the fluid flow within the water jacket of Aston Martin Racing engines. None of the team members were experienced CAE analysts. Prodrive selected AcuSolve®, a robust computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver contained within Altair HyperWorks®. Prodrive was able to create a methodology using AcuSolve that was easy to use and repeatable, facilitating better communication among CAE and team engineers.
Now the entire analysis process runs smoothly, accomplishing both pre-processing and post-processing in a short period of time. Moreover, automation made the new geometry analysis more user-friendly and easy to manage. As a result, Prodrive saves a considerable amount of time and expense on laboratory testing, and understands its designs at a more granular level than was previously possible.
“AcuSolve’s robustness and Altair’s customer support enabled us to achieve a level of analysis that really enhanced our problem solving and decision-making abilities,” noted Jonathan Culwick, Senior CAE Engineer at Prodrive.
Prodrive is not stopping there. The company is looking to further exploit the capabilities of CAE. Conjugate heat transfer analysis would enable Prodrive to better quantify performance improvement in terms of heat management, and extending the post-procession automation could enable better image capture and report generation to further streamline the workflow. Building its in-house CAE capability has given the Prodrive team a new array of design analysis opportunities for future performance enhancements. For more details, please read the entire case study here.