Cape Horn uses computer simulation to design the best sails for its boats. However, sail design is a very computationally intensive process. Sail design workflows need to analyse the sail’s “flying shape”, which affects the airflow and pressure. This is achieved with a complex Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) coupling between a CFD and Finite Element Model (FEM) software packages.
97% of businesses in this area are SMEs. In this sector, there are still technological and cost barriers to accessing HPC-based simulation.