Hydrocontest – Computational Fluid Dynamics of Hydrofoils
HYDROcontest is a challenge open to students from 13 universities from all over the world. The aim of the competition is to design the motorboat that best fulfills the tradeoff between high speed and low energy consumption. In order to optimize the shape of the hydrofoils sustaining the boat, suitable Computational Fluid Dynamics models and parallel simulations were employed. The variational multiscale (VMS) model proposed by Bazilevs et al. (2009) was linearized by means of a Newton method, discretized in time through a fully-implicit scheme, transformed into a dimensionless form and implemented in C++, using the Finite Elements library LifeV.