Note: The presentation and recording are only available to NAFEMS members.
Over a decade ago a small team of British engineers set out to design the fastest car on the planet and break the World Land Speed Record. Swansea University was invited to take the lead on the aerodynamic design of the car which would become known as ‘Bloodhound’.
In this lecture Dr Evans outlined how computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to overcome some of the aerodynamic design challenges during in the decade of design optimisation. The lecture outlined the CFD and computational optimisation approaches that were developed for Bloodhound and give insight into how these methods are now being used in more conventional engineering applications.
The lecture also outlined how the car was manufactured and provide details on how the car performed during the high speed testing campaign in South Africa, 2019. This was the precursor to a Land Speed Record attempt which is scheduled for 2022.
This webinar was available for free to the engineering analysis community, as part of NAFEMS' efforts to bring the community together online.
Dr Ben Evans is an Associate Professor in Aerospace Engineering and sits on the design team for the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project with responsibilities for aerodynamic modelling. Dr Evans's research interests range from computational shape optimisation and high speed aerodynamic modelling to molecular gas dynamics simulation and has worked with companies including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Reaction Engines. He has interests in engineering public engagement and engineering education.