After winning the Australian F1 in Schools title in March, Basilisk Performance went on to the F1 in Schools World Finals held September 20-22, 2010 in Singapore. Brett Sizeland, the team's chief designer, again turned to Caedium CFD simulations to help guide the aerodynamic design of the car.
Basilisk Performance CO2 Dragster: Left, white car
The OpenFOAM®1 solvers and utilities used by the latest release of Caedium (v2.3) RANS Flow and Professional add-ons have been upgraded to OpenFOAM 1.7.x from 1.6.x on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Also the unsteady incompressible flow solvers in Caedium now use the PIMPLE algorithm instead of the PISO algorithm. PIMPLE has better stability for large time steps compared to PISO.
The latest release of Caedium (v2.2) can now perform Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations in parallel on a single computer with multiple cores or on a cluster running Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 - either way it means a significant reduction in simulation turnaround time compared to previous versions of Caedium. Also available with this release are 64-bit versions of Caedium for Windows and Linux, which can perform much larger simulations since they are no longer restricted by the 32-bit memory limit.
Parallel Caedium CFD Simulation of a Racecar: 5 million cells
Caedium subscriptions are now available per month, per quarter, and per year for small businesses and hobbyists to perform Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations as needed. The new subscriptions bring CFD within the budget of anyone who wants to join the virtual simulation revolution.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations performed using Caedium Professional helped Basilisk Performance become the 2009 F1 in Schools Australian National Champions. The air flow simulations provided 3D visualization of pressure and velocity, along with drag and downforce values. Chief designer Brett Sizeland then used these results to guide the aerodynamic design of the team's CO2 dragster in order to minimize its drag and deliver a well earned victory.
Basilisk Performance CO2 Dragster: Lower white car
The recent release of Caedium for the Mac has attracted a number of enthusiastic blog posts based on the theme that Mac OS X is becoming a viable and appealing Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) platform.
The latest release of Caedium (v2.1) now supports Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) in addition to Windows and Linux. Also in this new release are various enhancements to 3D selection, the properties panel, and geometry creation for all platforms.