MacroAir and the BMW Olympic Bobsleds – Something in Common?

March 6, 2014 by Eddie

Yes. Fluid dynamics modeling, in fact. In a recent USA Today article, Michael Scully, who works for BMW North America/Designworks, was interviewed about his role in helping to design the new bobsleds for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. He said he used computational fluid dynamics to run simulations of various design versions of a bobsled before actually putting one on a track. Scully said the tests try to replicate on-track situations and are useful to help produce a more aerodynamically and more ergonomically correct sled. At MacroAir, we use the same technology as a modeling tool to allow our customers to see the potential airflow in their space.

On February 17, 2014 American bobsled driver Steve Holcomb steered a BMW-designed bobsled to an Olympic bronze medal in the two-man bobsled event, the first medal for the U.S. since 1952. The technology that helped lead to success is now available to MacroAir customers through our own advanced fluid dynamics modeling tool, called AirViz. AirViz is a virtual model that precisely tracks the pattern and speed of air moved by our fans in a colorful 3D motion video. AirViz can predict airflow, temperatures, cooling/heating effects and how many fans a space will need.

AirViz also allows companies to be even more efficient with the ability to spec and test fan locations for optimum airflow, resulting in energy savings.

We’re proud to provide a tool that will help to increase confidence in our products and be used to support purchase decisions.  Let us help you get there. Learn more about AirViz here and see how we can bring air movement to life.

You might not be in the Olympics, but when you can save money and help your employees be more comfortable, that kind of performance is Olympic-worthy. We actually had U.S. Olympic bobsled driver Cory Butner stop by MacroAir on Tuesday (March 4, 2014) to talk about his experience during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Cory was one of three U.S. drivers who competed in the two-man bobsled event and is a longtime friend of the Boyd family. It was great to hear about his time in Sochi. Check out more photos from Cory’s visit on our Facebook page.

Cory Butner and the MacroAir team.

Cory Butner and the MacroAir team.

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