Stephen Silvester, a consulting services engineer working for ANSYS, has not personally met the U.S. Olympic swim team, but he knows many of them inside-out, in a manner of speaking. He certainly knows how they would fit inside a Speedo swimsuit.
Because of his involvement with Speedo’s efforts to refine its professional swimwear line, Silvester has access to about 50 athletes’ body scans, saved in STL format. He can, upon request, initiate a lap in a virtual pool using a digitized version of Michael Phelps. The technology he uses is part of ANSYS CFD, the same simulation software aerospace and automotive manufacturers routinely use to improve their products’ performance in the air and on the road. Continue reading