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Fluent helps Winston Cup Winner go faster

Fluent : 22 February, 2001  (New Product)
Fluid flow analysis is a critical technology in the high-tech world of Formula One racing. World-class teams, such as Benetton and Ferrari, have large and extremely advanced engineering facilities, where highly trained aerodynamicists and automotive engineers use tools like computational fluid dynamics to fine-tune their vehicles by any means that will provide an advantage. Now, CFD technology is being implemented for predictable success in NASCAR and CART racing as well. The 2000 Winston Cup Champions, Gibbs Racing, recently demonstrated how quickly and effectively they could give their team an edge using CFD software from Fluent Inc. CFD is computer-aided engineering software, which simulates fluid (air, liquid, or gas) flow, heat transfer, and chemical reactions.
Fluid flow analysis is a critical technology in the high-tech world of Formula One racing. World-class teams, such as Benetton and Ferrari, have large and extremely advanced engineering facilities, where highly trained aerodynamicists and automotive engineers use tools like computational fluid dynamics to fine-tune their vehicles by any means that will provide an advantage. Now, CFD technology is being implemented for predictable success in NASCAR and CART racing as well. The 2000 Winston Cup Champions, Gibbs Racing, recently demonstrated how quickly and effectively they could give their team an edge using CFD software from Fluent Inc. CFD is computer-aided engineering software, which simulates fluid (air, liquid, or gas) flow, heat transfer, and chemical reactions. It is used in the automotive and motor sports fields as a 'virtual windtunnel' to simulate and improve external aerodynamics, and also to optimize engine performance, air handling and driver comfort, and the performance of a variety of automotive components, such as tires, windshields, fuel cells, and brakes.

'Speed is a concern of ours every step of the way. That includes learning to use new software. I was extremely pleased with the ease and speed that I was able to effectively use FLUENT software,' says Charles Jenckes, Team Engineer for Gibbs Racing. 'I can now analyze powertrain components such as manifold or intake ports from CAD to solution in just one day. The accuracy and robustness of FLUENT, coupled with unlimited technical support from their Ann Arbor-based automotive team, were critical to the quick implementation of CFD, which is new to our industry,' he concludes.

'Gibbs Racing really embraced the technology and put it to their advantage amazingly fast,' says Fluent's Automotive Business Team Manager, Lisa Mesaros, PhD. 'We were very excited to be associated with Gibbs and to have watched Bobby Labonte pull into the winners' circle knowing that they used FLUENT to help fuel their success.'

Fluent Inc. is one of the firms that pioneered CFD 15 years ago, and is the world's largest provider of CFD software. Its software is used by motorsports teams and automotive manufacturers worldwide.

Fluent's headquarters are located in Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA, with offices throughout the United States. Fluent's Automotive Industry Business Team is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Its European headquarters are located in Sheffield, England with additional offices in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Sweden. Its Asian headquarters are in Tokyo, Japan. Fluent's software is also available around the world through joint ventures, partnerships, and distributors in Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, and most European countries.
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