Convergent Science, an industry leader in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) located in Madison, Wisconsin, has been a technical partner of Roush Yates Engines since 2016. Over the past two years, Roush Yates Engines (RYE) and Convergent Science have celebrated 57 wins and 56 pole positions together. In addition, the 2018 season has started out fast with 19 wins and 16 poles to date. These accomplishments were made possible in part with the foundation that Convergent Science and RYE have built over the past two-and-half years, working together and leveraging the power of CONVERGE CFD software.
“In the highly competitive world of NASCAR racing we continually search for competitive advantages,” said Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Our partnership with Convergent Science is a key to our performance on the track. With the use of their cutting edge CONVERGE CFD software and analysis tools we can simulate designs faster than ever before, giving us the data to make better decisions quicker. As we look to the future we are excited about the continued search for speed with CONVERGE.”
The CONVERGE CFD software suite includes a powerful set of tools, according to the company. The software combines simulated fluid flow analysis with advanced automated meshing capabilities in one product making it ideal for product development and advanced testing.
“The future plan with Convergent Science is to build on our established partnership, focusing on improving through-put and building on the strengths of what CFD analysis offers our engineering and technical staff,” said Jamie McNaughton, technical director of Roush Yates Engines. “It is critical that in a time when competition is at its highest level that we leverage the right tools at the right time to deliver the most accurate results that will assist our team in making those championship winning decisions.”
Using CONVERGE software helps RYE make decisions that have a significant impact on the cost and time requirements for actual physical testing, according to the company. Multiple part designs can be compared and evaluated against each other in a virtual environment, reducing the number of necessary tests and associated expense. This selection process makes the physical testing more productive by not physically testing inferior designs.
“In all forms of CFD, the quality of the results is dependent on the quality of the mesh,” said Brian Kurn, simulation analyst of Roush Yates Engines. “CONVERGE’s Automated Mesh Refinement (AMR) takes the guess work out of meshing by increasing mesh resolution only where it’s needed. AMR simultaneously improves the solution quality and reduces solution time.”
Having the proper set of tools has accelerated the product development process, making it more effective and cost efficient for our business model and needs.
“We at Convergent Science pride ourselves on continual innovation,” said Kelly Senecal, vice president and co-owner of Convergent Science. “Our partnership with Roush Yates Engines has been and continues to be very fruitful. By seeing which features and physical models in CONVERGE provide the most value to Roush Yates Engines, we can better identify our next targets for software enhancements.”