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Making Sense of the Transition to Turbulence

Turbulence is a complex process — and Jeff Chu is a graduate student who is eager to unravel the riddles of this common yet mysterious phenomenon. Conducting basic research at the University of Texas, Austin, Chu’s purpose is to closely look at flow structures to understand what causes turbulence to form. Here are the steps he takes to untangle and understand the complicated phenomenon of the transition to turbulence. Untangling […]

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Bringing More Excitement to Auto Racing with Mushroom-Busting Designs

Tecplot Chorus Helps Swift Engineering Inc. Change Mushroom-shaped Wakes on Formula Race Cars to Make Passing Easier and Auto Racing More Exciting The race does not always go to the swift, especially when it’s Formula auto racing, where the wake of a race car can be turbulent enough to prevent others from passing it, no matter how fast they’re going. “That can make it pretty boring to watch, as well,” […]

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Predicting broadband noise in wind turbines

Innovative Technology Applications Company, LLC using numerical simulation to examine the flow around wind turbines and accurately identify the acoustic field sources that are associated with the unsteady fluid behavior. In 2010, global wind power installations increased by 22%, according to the most recent information available from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), an international representative forum for the wind energy sector. This added capacity represents investments worth $65 billion, […]

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Reservoir Simulation Tests the Limits of Built-in Post Processors

As computing power has increased, the volume of simulation data that reservoir engineers must work with has gone up exponentially. Working with so much important data, it’s critical that engineers not miss anything. Vast amounts of money could be wasted if data is overlooked. And with all that data, it’s very likely some could be. For instance, before an oil company goes to the expense of producing a field, reservoir […]

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Unsteady CFD: Fundamental Changes in Analysis

Today’s low-cost computational resources have fundamentally changed the way we approach unsteady CFD analysis. These dramatic changes have seen the shift from steady-state analysis to the use of unsteady or transient simulations. Unsteady CFD allows engineers and scientists to study moving machinery and turbulence flows over a period of time under varying conditions. A look at vertical wind turbine design shows how Tecplot, Inc. is working to improve quantitative capabilities […]

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Plot3D, CGNS and the Standardization of Data File Formats

Plot3D is a standard file format used for storing grid and results data in CFD simulations. This standardization of formats is a big plus for engineers, allowing them more choices in tailoring their solutions to a project.  Taking a page from another industry, where the belief that owning the format means owning the market—the cell phone industry still suffers from these proprietary practices, which, as we know, rarely work out […]

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