Automotive award for combustion modelling software

Computational Fluid Dynamics software from Convergent Science receives innovation accolade from automotive industry press.

Convergent Science has scooped Automotive Testing Technology International’s Software Innovation of The Year award with its ground-breaking CFD package, CONVERGE. Developed by a team of combustion modelling specialists with the needs of the automotive industry firmly in mind, the software offers an unprecedented blend of speed and accuracy.

“To receive this award from such an esteemed judging panel of industry experts means a great deal to our entire team and we are delighted that CONVERGE was chosen from a list of highly respected suppliers to the automotive industry,” commented Kelly Senecal, founder and co-owner of Convergent Science.

“The Software Innovation category was unbelievably competitive this year, but Convergent Science fully deserves this accolade due to its CONVERGE CFD software making such a huge contribution to a real-world development programme,” said John Thornton, editor of Automotive Testing Technology International. “That Ilmor’s engineering consultancy slashed the development time of its 2016 Indycar engine project by roughly 50 percent and saved 75 percent in prototype build costs is nothing short of remarkable, and a true testament to growing influence of modern day virtual testing techniques.”

CONVERGE features a sophisticated automatic meshing function, which removes the need for manual grid generation. This dramatically reduces the amount of hands-on input required to generate the mesh, freeing up engineers to concentrate on development. What’s more, it guarantees consistent meshing from one design iteration to another, removing the variability that can come from manually generated grids and empowering engineers to take on predictive studies.

Key to this approach is CONVERGE’s Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) technology, which automatically adjusts the grid at each time-step. By adding cells in areas with complex phenomena and eliminating cells in less active parts of the mesh it helps to improve both speed and accuracy, particularly where moving geometry is concerned.

“Having predictive CFD software win an industry award from such a prestigious publication demonstrates how far this technology has come and how effective it has become,” said Senecal. “Our customers tell us that adaptive meshing has dramatically changed the way they develop and the savings in time and cost that they have achieved. Now having this recognised by an independent body is huge for our company.”

CONVERGE is now used by a wide variety of customers including major automotive OEMs, research institutions and motorsport teams – one of whom noted a 50 reduction in development time, along with a 75 reduction in the prototype build cost after switching to the package.

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