July 2009

Every two years the students on the University of Minnesota’s Solar Vehicle Project design, build, and race a solar car against 20 or 30 other teams from all over the world. The team, led by Dr. Jeffrey M. Hammer, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, uses the computational fluid dynamics program Ansys CFX, available at MSI, to create simulations of the effects of aerodynamic drag and crosswinds on their design configurations. The group’s work will be highlighted in the upcoming Summer issue of the Supercomputing Institute Research Bulletin.