Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Red Bull Powertrains Adopts ADTs TURBOdesign Suite

Advanced Design Technology (ADT), a turbomachinery design and optimisation company, will partner with Red Bull Ford Powertrains with its selected TURBOdesign Suite software for their design and optimisation of the 2026 Power Unit turbocharger.
TURBOdesign Suite is a turbomachinery design software package based on 3D Inverse Design technology. It helps engineers significantly cut design time and cost to create breakthrough designs for high-performance fans, pumps, compressors and turbines. Using the software, designers evaluate turbomachinery package size and performance predictions; perform detailed 3D blade design with 3D inverse design capabilities; analyse flow information per component and stage performances with links and integrations to turbomachinery-specific 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and automate exploration of the design space with automatic optimisation capabilities.

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Red Bull Ford Powertrains is now developing a power unit that will comply with new 2026 regulations to be supplied to Oracle Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri from 2026.
‘Turbochargers feature very complex fluid dynamic and three-dimensional effects such as the engine pulse in the turbine and the shock structures in the compressor; TURBOdesign is uniquely positioned to allow designers to control the three-dimensional flow fields at the blade design phase using 3D Inverse Design and blade loading’ says Prof. Mehrdad Zangeneh, Managing Director of ADT and Professor of Thermofluids at University College London (UCL), ‘This makes the code extremely well suited to applications requiring extreme performances, starting from integration with power unit development and analysis tools and allowing rapid development loops to find optimal solutions in the shortest amount of time.’

Ben Hodgkinson, Technical Director at Red Bull Ford Powertrains, said, ‘Developing a new power unit, engine and turbocharger from initial conception opens a world of possibilities and the ability to explore as many options as quickly as possible makes the difference to be on the first row. TURBOdesign allows our engineering team to streamline the development of high-performance turbochargers from the initial conception and engine matching to the detailed and optimised 3D components. TURBOdesign’s unique 3D inverse design has been identified as the most rapid and efficient way to quickly generate high-performance wheels answering the main aerodynamic and mechanical requirements.’ ADT and Red Bull Ford Powertrains look forward to a successful partnership for developing the 2026 Power Unit.

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