Optimization in a Car Design - CFD and Multibody applications

G. Lombardi, M. Maganzi (Department of Aerospace Engineering of Pisa), F. Canizzo, E. Cardile (Ferrari S.p.A.)

The developed project has demonstrated the applicability of optimization procedures in the context of automotive industry by using CFD for the aerodynamics solver. The integration of the aerodynamic optimization in the design phase allows engineers to interact with the other design groups without excessive delays. In this way, it becomes possible to search for solutions that do not negatively affect car style or performance, while providing a high degree of efficiency and safety. The reduction of industrial costs is significant: in principle it is no longer needed to build many different models, to be subject to wind tunnel measurements: it is sufficient to test the final optimized ones.