finot-conq & NUMECA create a CFD-based and dynamic VPP

        ニュース     11.12.2020

BRUSSELS, Belgium - December 1st

On the occasion of the Global CFD Summit organized December 1st and 2nd, NUMECA International, a global leader in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) multiphysics and optimization, has announced a new partnership with world-renowned finot-conq naval architects for the creation of a dynamic, CFD-based Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) for sailing yachts.

The new VPP module will be incorporated within NUMECA’s FINE™/Marine software suite from the beginning of 2021, making it the first CFD software on the market to offer efficient and dedicated performance prediction for sailing boats.

The first CFD software on the market to offer efficient and dedicated performance prediction for sailing boats. 

A VPP is a computer program that solves the performance of a sailing yacht in various wind conditions by balancing hull and sail forces. In classical VPPs, CFD is performed by computing many fixed boat positions, and requires a large number of preliminary calculations to be able to make performance predictions for a single operation point.

However, thanks to 3 years of research by finot-conq, the VPP can now be integrated into FINE™/Marine, making it possible to calculate an operating point of a sailboat in one calculation. This results in significant gains in CPU time and precision.
Through this development, finot-conq and NUMECA International are reaffirming their know-how and their technological mastery in CFD calculations for sailing boats.

About finot-conq

finot-conq is a leading French yacht design and naval architecture company, with a passion for performance, elegance and innovation. In almost 50 years of existence, over 45.000 sailing boats have been built from our designs.

We are active in 3 major markets:

  • Series build, with many models produced in well over 1000 units,
  • Cruising one-off yachts, with our FC3 full carbon fast cruisers being celebrated for their excellent combination of elegance, comfort and performance,
  • And racing prototypes, where we have accumulated countless victories in all major offshore races, including 4 Vendee Globe and 6 Mini-Transat.

finot-conq has been developing their CFD capabilities, using FINE/Marine, for over 8 years, and is at the forefront of CFD-aided hull and foils design.

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About NUMECA International

NUMECA is recognized today as the most innovative company in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and multiphysics design, analysis and optimization. Driven by creativity, innovation & quality, we proudly turn our passion into software tool sets that support the world's leading industries.

Based on the most advanced technology, we are largely recognized for our application-driven features and interface, optimal solutions including high quality automatic full hex meshing, accurate and fast CFD solvers, multi-physics and acoustics, robust design and optimization with uncertainty quantification. At NUMECA, we provide innovative technology and models in response to specific industrial requirements. Customer satisfaction is our main objective, and we continuously improve our software and services to turn your product design into a real success for your organization.

With creative teams all over the world, we deliver the best in software, R&D, support and services.

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