SOURCE: Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc.

September 16, 2009 10:56 ET

Blue Ridge Numerics Introduces 2009-2010 Collegiate Competition Sponsorship Program

Company to Provide Free CFdesign Licenses and Technical Support to Student Engineering Teams

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - Blue Ridge Numerics, creators of CFdesign upfront CFD software, today announced the launch of its 2009-2010 Collegiate Competition Sponsorship Program. With the introduction of the program, the Company underscores its ongoing commitment to the academic community and the next generation of engineers by providing free licenses of CFdesign software to student teams in selected competitions. The Company has been a sponsor of the Formula SAE competition for the past few years and this year has decided to expand its support to include 6 additional competitions. By providing access to CFdesign, the Company aims to help engineering students accelerate innovation and gain real-world experience that will help them in their future careers.

As a part of the Collegiate Competition Sponsorship Program, Blue Ridge Numerics will provide free commercial grade CFdesign licenses and access to technical support to all teams that qualify. Students will have access to the newest version of the software, CFdesign 2010, which was released earlier this month. The new version will provide students with an easier interface than ever before and new features to help them easily integrate CFD into their design process.

"We are thrilled to be expanding our CFdesign Collegiate Competition Sponsorship Program to include 7 cutting edge programs this year," said Rebecca Porter, communication manager, Blue Ridge Numerics. "Engineering competitions such as the ones we selected provide students with the opportunity to think outside the box and gain beneficial hands-on experience that can only be learned outside the classroom. By giving the students access to our latest version, CFdesign 2010, we are providing them with a new and better way to engage with CFD as a decision-making tool through the use of multi-scenario design studies. Using upfront CFD will help them not only optimize their vehicle designs in the competition, but also help provide valuable experience to prepare them for the future."

Using CFdesign software, student teams are able to create multi-scenario fluid flow and heat transfer design studies as a part of their CAD-driven design process. Teams working on creating a hybrid vehicle, for example, can leverage CFdesign to optimize airflow through an engine intake design or create a cooling system for a lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery pack (as in the example from Penn State below). For teams working on a solar design, CFdesign can be used to simulate both heat transfer within a solar panel and wind loading on the panel. Upfront CFD can help students optimize their designs quickly and easily and enable them to look at options they may not have thought of before.

"The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Technology Team sought out CFdesign to design and simulate an effective cooling network for a Li-ion battery pack to be included in our EcoCar vehicle design," said Shawn Getty, Penn State AVT Team Member. "Using CFdesign, our team was able to easily simulate the heat generation cycles of the battery pack to analyze and improve the design of the cooling system. This helped us to ensure peak battery performance throughout the life of the vehicle."

CFdesign Sponsored Collegiate Competitions for the 2009-2010 Season:

Blue Ridge Numerics will be supporting the following competitions during the 2009-2010 school year. All teams participating in these competitions are encouraged to contact us to learn more about securing their free CFdesign license.

-- EcoCAR Challenge

-- Formula Hybrid

-- Formula SAE Series

-- Baja SAE Series

-- Formula Student

-- North American Solar Challenge

-- Solar Decathlon

How to Sign Up

Teams interested in learning more about becoming a CFdesign Premier Sponsored team should visit the link below.

About Blue Ridge Numerics

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. is the fastest-growing CFD software company in the world and consistently ranked among the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. The company's CFdesign upfront CFD software integrates comprehensive fluid-flow and heat-transfer simulation into early phases of design and engineering, when companies can dramatically improve product quality, time-to-market, and ultimately profitability through the product life cycle. Learn more at

CFdesign is a registered trademark of Blue Ridge Numerics. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Contact Information

  • For Media Inquiries Contact:
    Rebecca Porter
    Blue Ridge Numerics
    Tel: 1.434.977.2764 ext.152
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