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Old   August 20, 2006, 23:36
Default cheap cfd for automotive use
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Ken Fry
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I'm interested in finding a 3d aerodynamic analysis program for drag determination on relatively simple automotive body shapes. I am interested in seeing effects of varying base size, fastback angles, etc. on shapes that are very clean. I have a 2d program for airfoils that was inexpensive (< $100US) that correlates well with tunnel data. Id like to find a 3d equivalent for simple shapes. Any suggestions?

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Old   August 21, 2006, 01:06
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Hrvoje Jasak
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Well, OpenFOAM (http://www.openfoam.org) is free (public domain) and it will do the job you mention without trouble.

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Old   August 21, 2006, 12:38
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Thanks. I am hoping to find something that will run under Windows 2000, and that is somewhat simpler than OpenFOAM(albeit less versatile) to use for someone who is virtually illiterate in the CFD world. In the best of all worlds, I could change a car body shape interactively, to see the effect of a bump or a mirror or a spoiler here or there. After the shape was optimized, I could export the optimized shape back into the CAD program that was originally used to create it. Am I dreaming?
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Old   August 21, 2006, 15:31
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Basically yes, you are dreaming. Especially at your price point. Some of the relatively new "CAD-integrated" CFD codes could probably help you here, but they are not exactly dirt cheap. You would still need to know what you are doing, in aerodynamic terms.
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Old   August 22, 2006, 00:31
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as u deal with optimization (automatic design) u can add optimizatin feature (adjoint sensitivity analysis) to your selection option (some code has this option)
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Old   August 24, 2006, 12:23
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www.dofyn.net shows screenshots around cars. It is a still-young code, not as powerful as OpenFOAM, but, given your requirements, it might be good for you.
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Old   August 24, 2006, 13:10
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Ken Fry
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Perfect! Many thanks Jojo. (The link wouldn't work, but I added an l in what I guessed to be the right place, and sure enough...)
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