The Stanford Solar Car Project’s Race for Aerodynamic Efficiency

Chasing the sun 3000km across the Australian Outback is a grueling test. And doing it in a solar-powered vehicle is an even bigger challenge. But every two years teams from around the world converge on Darwin, Australia, to make the journey to Adelaide in the solar-powered cars they have engineered specifically for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The Stanford Solar Car Project, a student-run, nonprofit organization within Stanford University, has […]

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CFD Simulations Help Design Cleaner Gas Turbine Engines

Research institute in Germany uses CFD simulations to help design cleaner gas turbine engines. Climate change caused, in part, by heavy airplane traffic is a global concern. In Germany, a group of researchers at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Aerospace Thermodynamics is working on a project funded by the German Research Foundation and the Research Association for Combustion Engines to improve modern gas turbines by changing the geometry of […]

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Visualizing Vortices in Fluid Flow Past a Wall Mounted Cube

Researchers at U.S. Naval Academy and George Mason University use Tecplot 360 to clearly visualize horseshoe vortices in flow over wall mounted cube for first time. If you’ve ever stood on a beach and felt the sandy surface collapse beneath your feet as the waves washed over them, you’ve experienced firsthand the powerful effects of fluid flow. When the waves meet the surface boundaries commonly called your toes and feet, they […]

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Building One of the World’s Most Efficient Electric Cars

Tecplot 360 helps Stanford University students optimize design of solar-powered car to compete in the Australian Outback’s World Solar Challenge The sun shines down upon the immense Australian Outback like nowhere else, drenching the land in solar energy that begs to be tapped. Where better to stage the World Solar Challenge, a design competition established to find the world’s most efficient solar-electric car? Every two years, some of the brightest […]

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Tecplot 360 Helps Improve Care for Patients in the Area of Speech

“Without Tecplot 360 this work would not be possible,” says Xudong Zheng, Ph.D.1 Dr. Zheng, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine, contributed this case study about his work. The Significance of This Research According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD), voice dysfunction affects approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. every year.2 Educators have a high incidence of voice dysfunction, and others who […]

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Turbulent Flows with a Gas-Liquid Interface

Tecplot 360 allows me to reduce computational efforts and propose ideas for a strong, physics-based turbulence model. -Ryuichi Nagaosa Ryuichi Nagaosa, Ph.D. is a faculty research associate with the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering at the University of Maryland. A chemical engineer, he specializes in transport phenomena in the environment. His primary interest is turbulence and environmental fluid mechanics and their impact on the environment. More specifically, his research focuses on the study of […]

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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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Supersonic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Close To Becoming Reality

Researchers at University of Colorado developing supersonic UAV that’s fast, economical, and fuel-efficient It’s small. It’s fuel-efficient. It’s reasonably priced. And it’s fast. Supersonic fast. It is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will fly at speeds approaching Mach 1.4 and faster than anything in the sub-50 kg vehicle category today, using an engine two to four times more efficient than any other in its class. Under development by researchers […]

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Data Center 2D Temperature and Flow Analysis Utilizing CFD

An energy engineer and Master’s degree candidate works to solve a problem common to many companies: how to keep business data safe while maximizing server and cooling equipment efficiencies. Dana Etherington utilized Tecplot 360, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program, to address this issue. The Challenge Companies rely on servers in their data centers to store and protect information that is critical to running their business:  email, financial, customer and […]

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Overcoming the curse of dimensionality in hypersonic design

Tecplot Chorus helps University of Colorado researchers demonstrate method for kriging surrogate models to increase accuracy of low fidelity results by an order of magnitude. May 2012 The decades-old quest to develop hypersonic vehicles powered by airbreathing1 engines for space exploration, defense, and air travel has yielded some promising results. Yet the goal of developing viable designs for commercial use remains elusive. Designing manned and unmanned vehicles for hypersonic speeds—anything […]

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