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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Tecplot helps utility researchers visualize magnetic fields

Contributed by Sylvain Gravel Hydro-Québec The Challenge: Accurately Visualizing Magnetic Flux Density In working with electrical power production and distribution, a key problem faced is being able to see the unseen – in other words, how does one view invisible electrical and magnetic forces at play? Hydro-Québec needed to be able to see magnetic flux density near a distribution power line, which is essentially understanding the power flow in the […]

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Plot of the month: The evolution of coronal loops

Contributed by Mayya Tokman, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley Plasma Plasma is a distinct state of matter containing electrically charged particles that affect its electrical properties and behavior. In addition to being important in many aspects of our daily lives, plasmas may constitute more than 99 percent of the visible universe. Plasma is often called the fourth state of matter, the other three being […]

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Plot of the month: External truck aerodynamics

Contributed by Dr. Ilhan Bayraktar Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA External truck aerodynamics animation Models such as this will lead to modifications that increase fuel efficiency by minimizing drag force. Reducing drag force will also lessen environmental pollution and improve stability and vehicle control. Dr. Ilhan Bayraktar is a Ph.D. Candidate at Old Dominion University’s Aerospace Engineering Department. His primary research interest is numerical simulation of complex, large-scale flow problems […]

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