Downwind Sail Aerodynamics for North and SYRF
The Wolfson Unit recently helped North Sails Design Services complete a project for the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, modelling downwind sails. The Downwind Aero Project Phase 2 was a continuation of the long term partnership the Unit has had with North, providing the CFD expertise and modelling capabilities (both software and hardware) for them to accurately model aerodynamics. The project concentrated on the correct modelling of downwind sailing angles, where unsteady forces and large sail movements are common.
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