Marseille, November 9, 2020 – Syroco, the startup that generates innovation by achieving pioneering results, is working closely with both the industrial and academic worlds to create new technologies that enhance the competitiveness of companies while respecting the environment. The partnership with Cubit allows for the collaboration of top researchers, resources, and high-performance computing in the field of cavitation.
Cubit’s Fluid Dynamics Division was founded in 2012 by Prof. Giovanni Lombardi, a professor at the University of Pisa. Its goal is to bridge the gap between highly innovative new companies and the world of university research. The division closely collaborates with the aerodynamics research group at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa, and over the years, they have engaged in collaborations with high-profile clients.
“The research conducted by Syroco to set a new World Sailing Speed Record requires a significant effort in numerical simulations,” explains Olivier Taillard, CTO and co-founder of Syroco. “Our team of engineers is thrilled to receive support from globally recognized experts in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), particularly in supercavitating flows, acquired through work on some of the most exciting projects in Europe and the USA. We are very grateful to Prof. Lombardi and his team for their contribution and commitment to our project.”
With the goal of reaching 80 knots, approximately 150 km/h, Syroco’s high-speed vessel is powered by a large wing inspired by those used in kitesurfing, held close to the water by a hydrofoil. Due to the high speeds achieved, the hydrofoil will have to operate in a supercavitation regime, increasing its efficiency and improving the system’s stability.
“At the beginning of the design process, the Syroco team decided to harness cavitation rather than fight it to improve the performance of their vessel. Therefore, it was necessary to control and manage the phenomenon of cavitation to achieve the desired performance,” explains Prof. Giovanni Lombardi. “The entire Cubit team involved, including myself, was impressed by such an innovative approach to engineering design for a problem that has troubled naval designers for decades. We are delighted to collaborate through our research group and the use of our computational resources to achieve such an important goal.”
“Cubit and the University of Pisa have some of the best researchers in the field of hydrodynamics, numerical simulations, and experimental design,” concludes Alex Caizergues, CEO and co-founder of Syroco. “We are grateful for their contribution to our Moonshot project, but also for their commitment to our mission: enabling the most important companies in the transportation and energy sector to achieve their economic goals while respecting the environment that surrounds us.”
Syroco is a technical and scientific laboratory that generates innovation by achieving pioneering goals. The startup was born from the collaboration of individuals with complementary backgrounds: Alex Caizergues, Bertrand Diard, Florent Boutellier, a serial entrepreneur specializing in operations and finance, Olivier Taillard, a naval engineer and designer of racing boats, and Yves de Montcheuil, marketing manager of some successful startups.
The solutions and applications developed by Syroco aim to empower major companies in the transportation and energy sectors to address economic and environmental challenges.
Fluid Dynamics Division
The Fluid Dynamics Division of Cubit is an aerodynamics consulting laboratory that has made research and development for the industry its core strength. It benefits from a high-level research university education and has access to extensive computing resources.
Cubit believes in technology transfer: the sharing of knowledge and experiences between universities and businesses in a virtuous win-win process.
The Fluid Dynamics Division was founded in 2012 by Prof. Giovanni Lombardi, a Professor of Aircraft Aerodynamics, Vehicle Aerodynamics, and the Director of the Yacht Engineering Master’s Program at the University of Pisa.
Over this past decade, the Division has grown to become a global reference for research in fluid dynamics across various sectors, including automotive, marine applications, industrial HVAC, and turbomachinery.