CD-adapco Brings Virtual Testing Capabilities to USA Luge
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New York, July 17, 2013

CD-adapco, the largest privately held CFD focused provider of Computer Aided Engineering software and services today announced a partnership with USA Luge. The company will provide guidance and technical assistance to USA Luge in an effort to increase aerodynamic efficiency of the team's sleds and racers.

CD-adapco will significantly augment the existing technical support provided to USA Luge by Indianapolis-based IndyCar team Panther Racing. Panther Racing, one of the top teams on the Izod IndyCar circuit began its support of USA Luge in the fall of 2012 thanks to an introduction made by the National Guard, a sponsor of both teams.

This agreement will provide the Panther Racing engineering team with the tools, specifically CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+, to run external aerodynamic simulations for USA Luge's sleds and athletes.  The results of the simulations will provide engineers with an improved understanding of how lift and drag affect the sled and athlete with the eventual goal of improving sled design and efficiency.

"The support of CD-adapco is a very exciting development for our program," said USA Luge Director of Sports Programs and two-time Olympic medalist Mark Grimmette. "We've been wishing for this level of technical analysis for many years and look forward to having access to world-class software to help our team find the tenths, hundredths and thousandths of seconds that often determine the winner in the sport of luge."