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How Formula One technology can help make stadia greener

Airflow modelling, Vancouver.

As it becomes increasingly important for stadia to be more energy efficient, the availability of technologies that can support this transition are more and more pressing. And this is valid for both new build and the retrofit market. A lot can be learned from industries that might not traditionally be associated with the construction industry. Formula One is one of those. 

Formula One has been using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology for years in order to accurately model, analyse and design with speed and accuracy. With 37 years of competition at the highest level of motorsport under their belt, Williams have world class experience in aerodynamics to improve performance and efficiency. Huge investments have been made to develop state-of-the-art facilities including an on-site supercomputer with 47 Teraflops of computational processor power, a high fidelity aerodynamic simulation cluster, two wind tunnels and extensive rapid-prototyping facilities. And there is ongoing investment in cutting edge CFD hardware and software.

The demand for air/fluid flow visualisation and CFD calculation tools is growing. However, many independent consultants cannot support the multi-million dollar investment needed to support CFD calculations, model making and wind tunnel testing.

Williams wind tunnel.

Williams wind tunnel.

Williams Advanced engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group of the companies that also includes the world famous Williams Martini Racing Formula One team. Forced in 2010 as a means of bringing Formula One derived technology and knowhow to commercial applications, Williams Advanced Engineering now employs 150 people and provides technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to the automotive, motorsport, civil aerospace, defence, sports science and energy sectors.

Based on their knowledge from Formula One, which has been a hybrid racing series since 2009, Williams Advanced Engineering has specialised in “energy efficient performance”. In essence, this means collaborating with companies to create new products that are more energy efficient than what has gone before but crucially do not compromise on style or performance.

Super computer at Williams.

Super computer at Williams.

Through Williams Advanced Engineering’s activities in the world of energy as well as sports science, the business noticed a need for industrial aerodynamics for stadia as well and other large infrastructures. Combining experienced CFD engineers and aerodynamicists, Formula One facilities and relevant market knowledge, Williams can support this market need. By modelling the flow of air and energy, cost saving designs can be developed and hundreds of design options can be tested. The applications are endless – analysis and optimisation of natural ventilation; fire consequence analysis; building service analysis such as radiator dimensioning and positioning; solar loading analysis; wind loading of buildings and suspended structures for example.

For further information, contact Katrien Hermans, Business Development Manager at Williams.

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