As part of the Real World Design Challenge, Mentor Graphics Corp. has donated the free use of its FloEFD Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to over 700 participating U.S. high schools.
The RWDC contest was started in 2007 to encourage students to embrace engineering careers and particularly in the aerospace industry. This year’s challenge consists of the optimization of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Previous year’s challenges included the wing design of a 737 aircraft, the design of Light Sport Aricraft and the tail assembly of a Cessna corporate jet.
Mentor’s FloFED tool has been integrated into the PTC Creo 3-D mechanical design suite and will allow high school teams to analyze their aircraft wing, tail and fuselage designs for optimized performance.
Mentor’s FloEFD is a general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool designed to work with Inventor, Solid Edge, SolidWorks as well as other popular mechanical CAD systems. It combines all simulation steps – starting with use of 3D CAD data for model preparation, as well as mesh generation, solving and results visualization in one package.
As part of the contest, each student team has access to more than one million dollars’ worth of professional level software, donated by various sponsors and commonly used by aerospace companies in their design of real commercial products.