August 12, 2022
Altair has been named an official supplier of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli for the 37th America's Cup. Under this agreement, Altair will supply the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team with simulation technology, engineering consulting and other services designed to maximize its boat performance, the company reports.
“Altair prides itself on empowering our customers and partners, and we believe our technology gives the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team a significant boost when looking to improve their designs, workflows, and real-world performance,” says Brett Chouinard, chief product and strategy officer, Altair. “It's a thrill to see how our sophisticated software combined with unparalleled insights from the simulation data supports and enhances the design of this world-class boat.”
The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team uses various Altair simulation tools—including Altair OptiStruct, HyperWorks, AcuSolve, Radioss, Compose and HyperStudy—to design most of its carbon fiber components. Additionally, the team uses Altair's tools to study the structural side of fluid structure interaction (FSI). These tools give the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team insight into how different structures and components will react when faced with dynamic sailing conditions.
In this latest collaboration, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli is using Altair experts on-site to help them understand, act upon and maximize the intelligence the team gleans from simulation data, according to Altair. By having access to Altair experts in-person, the team can better push the simulation tools to their limits and act on the data they receive from simulation runs and computations.
To ensure the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team had the capabilities it needs to maximize its workflow and boat performance, the Altair team tailored specific features within the Simulation 2022 software update release to better satisfy the team's needs and processes.
“In a competition where margins are razor-thin and improvements require best-in-class tools and engineering expertise, it's invaluable to have a partner like Altair at our side,” says Alessandro Franceschetti, head of structural engineering, Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team. “Altair gives us the best of both worlds in regard to speed and accuracy within simulations, ensuring we don't have to sacrifice one for the other.”
Franceschetti will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Altair Future.Industry event on October 4, where he will discuss Luna Rossa's collaboration with Altair. To attend Future.Industry, register here.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.