Over the past month, SimScale users from all over the world have been competing in our 2019 SimScale Community Contest by creating unique projects for a range of industries including:
The Nature of The Contest
Eligible contestants were able to win the following prizes, with a final deadline of April 12th to submit their projects:
- 1st place prize within each industry category: 250,- €
- 2nd place prize within each industry category: 100,- €
- 3rd place prize within each industry category: 50,- €
- 4th place within each industry category: SimScale swag package
Projects could be submitted by including the tag “SimScaleContest2019”.
The Winning Public Projects
A panel of SimScalers carefully reviewed each project based on guidelines and factors including but not limited to relevance, originality, quality, complexity, and social media likes and shares. The following contestants and their respective projects prevailed:
AEC First Place Project: Wind Field Over City Landscape
This project explores airflow behavior through a modern urban landscape, and shows how wind engineering constitutes a valuable source of input for urban developing, architectural design, environmental planning applications, and countless more.
AEC Winner: Fillia Site
“The Simscale Community Contest was a great opportunity to get acquainted with this extremely user-friendly CAE software. When you get deep into the website by exploring all the available tutorials and documentation, you can not help being tempted to test new setups and cases for different categories. Starting from Automotive simulations, I even found myself examining urban wind comfort projects, and that is how I came up with this AEC study!”
Aerospace First Place Project: Coandă Effect Drone Study
This simulation project evaluates the Coandă effect on a standard drone design and tests the external momentum source.
Aerospace Winner: Andrzej Pruszynski
“As I was busy to learn my new CFD skill (I am a retired software engineer) on the SimScale platform, I had no intention to join the contest, considering the gap between me and other CFD enthusiasts too big to fill in such a short time (a couple of months). However, with astonishment and day after day, I realized that my knowledge with the support of SimScale tutorials, user forum, public projects as examples progressed with remarkable pace.
Inspiration for the contest came from quite a distant past and my observations of peculiar atmospheric phenomena. I made a couple of simple devices to experiment with, but most of disappointment came from impossibility to visualize effects, slow them down and understand better. Is it possible, that not men are looking for ideas, but ideas are looking for men?
That idea was a displacement of air in the air (or water in water) when moving air structure is rotating torus (ring, donut). That rotating structure maintains its shape for a long while and moves apparently near without drag. A dozen of days before the contest I was at last able to proceed with appropriate form/simulations setup. As results were more than puzzling, I stepped in and that project results and consequences surprised not only me, but also the SimScale jury. Now, one can visualize air rotation, measure forces, experiment with different media. It works in air and water, it can be scaled up or down, everything with the hidden power of cloud computing and a browser. Amazing experience, unbelievable results, but made true, at last, by SimScale.”
Automotive First Place Project: Engine Port Flow Simulation
This project uses CFD to simulate airflow in an internal combustion engine to test the intake and exhaust ports in order to evaluate the overall breathing capacity of the engine.
Automotive Winner: Anirudh Singh
“I am an enthusiastic undergraduate student with a motive to gain as much knowledge as possible in the field of computational simulations. My main motive behind entering this competition was not winning, rather I wanted to learn from the other contestants and enhance my knowledge and understanding the field of computational simulations from their projects. I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in computational mechanics after the completion of my undergraduate studies and, participating and winning in such contest is aesthetic to embark upon my academic career.”
Electronics First Place Project: Graphic Card Analysis
This simulation project evaluates airflow through a graphics card at different fan speeds and uses conjugate heat transfer analysis to test thermal throttling of the GPU.
Electronics Winner: Anirudh Singh
“Being a gamer, I always desire my GPU to be cool and within the optimum temperature range to get the best performance and thus I got an idea of analyzing my fan’s cooling performance by conducting a conjugate heat transfer study.
SimScale is unique in a lot of ways. Firstly, it is providing a platform to simulate various situations for everyone free of cost through its academic and community plans. Academicians and researchers like me are truly benefited by this plan as now we don’t have to pay a heavy price for the license asked by other simulation software, and worry about the availability of computation power required to simulate our problem. Moreover, if stuck in any problem during the time of simulation, there is a whole team of experienced engineers that will look at your problem and help you to find a suitable solution as soon as possible. I have been using SimScale for the past year, and can say from experience that the most amazing feature is that no software installation or high-tech computers are required for solving CFD and FEA problems. All you need is a good Internet connection and the rest is taken care of by SimScale.”
Valves & Pumps First Place Project: Hydrokinetic Banki Cross Flow Turbine for Rural Areas – CFD Simulation
This project simulates a hydrokinetic Banki cross-flow turbine and shows how the design can be optimized as a very effective and predictable renewable energy source for rural areas.
Valves & Pumps Winner: Camilo Diaz Alarcón
“I chose the simulation of a micro-generation turbine for rural areas because of the fundamental role that micro-electricity has in the development of the population of rural, rustic, remote or difficult to access places.This turbine is characterized by two independent impellers, and has a NACA aerodynamic profile in its contraction. It was simulated with the full water level, but can also be used with mud and low flow rates that do not immerse the impellers completely.
Simulating with SimScale allowed me to characterize in a very precise way and in a few hours. My submitted project, in a different platform or using a different software, would have take me much more time and cost very expensive licenses.”
If you enjoyed this blog article, check out our other contest winner post, VIP Latrine Design Challenge with Neven Subotic: Announcing the Winner, and stay tuned for our next contest!