America’s Cup Racing Team Is Using Plano’s Siemens Xcelerator for Its Yacht Design

The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli America’s Cup team plans to set sail in the 37th America’s Cup challenge, to be held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2024. With racing yachts getting more and more high tech, the team looked for a technological edge—and it’s found one at a Plano-based company.

Siemens Digital Industries Software announced that the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is using the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services “to design, simulate, and optimize” its racing yacht for the 2024 challenge.

Matteo Ledri, Head of CFD for the team, said the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio “provides critical tools to Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli that allow the team to design, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of the boat’s hydraulics and fluid-dynamic performance.”

Hull, foils, rudder, and sails to be analyzed as part of the digital twin

“Using Siemens’ software, the hull, foils, rudder, and sails can be analyzed as part of the digital twin, to understand how each surface responds to the changes in the project parameters, thus speeding up our work.” Ledri added in a statement.

Siemens says the hull, foils, rudder and sails are designed and analyzed virtually using Simcenter STAR CCM+ software “to understand how sails, hull, and the complex hydrodynamics of the hydrofoil respond to the changes in the project parameters. Simcenter Amesim software is used to simulate all on-board hydraulic lines and optimize performance, an essential aspect given that on-board hydraulic power for the aerial parts of the boat is generated by four cyclors using pedal power.”

Franco Megali, VP and CEO Italy, Israel, and Greece for Siemens Digital Industries Software, calls the move “another proof point that organizations at the bleeding edge of innovation are using our solutions to bring their ideas to life and find new areas for true innovation.”

“Whether that’s teams competing in the world’s most extreme sailing races, taking new vehicles to the edge of space, or building a more sustainable future for us all, pioneers are choosing our solutions,” Megali added.

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