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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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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Helping to design internal combustion engines for alternative fuels

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories use complex computer models, petabytes of data, and Tecplot 360 to study the burning process of alternative fuels Transportation by automobiles and trucks in the United States accounts for two-thirds of our oil use and one-fourth of our greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the interdependent advancement of both fuel and engine technologies is a key component of the strategy to dramatically reduce both oil consumption and […]

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Going green with visualization

Contributed by Stefano Mascetti XC Engineering On April 27, 2008, a specially designed powerboat embarked on a journey around the world in an effort to best the world record for circumnavigating the planet, and is doing so running entirely on renewable energy sources. Many engineers and scientists who have been involved in design and manufacture of the Earthrace boat have invested large amounts of time, expertise and resources into the […]

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Protecting migratory fish in the Columbia-Snake river system

Contributed by Laurie Ebner, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District The Engineer Laurie Ebner is a hydraulic engineer with the Portland District’s 14-person Hydraulic Design Section. A 15-year veteran of Portland District, Ebner specializes in using 3-D numerical modeling to provide practical solutions to the water management issues facing the Corps of Engineers. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers For more than 130 years, the people of the […]

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2-D simulation of a small basin’s controlled draining

Contributed by Dipl.-Ing. Paul Kamrath Research Engineer, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management Aachen University, Aachen, Germany The Engineer Paul Kamrath is a research engineer at the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (IWW), part of Germany’s Aachen University (RWTH Aachen). Over twenty full-time researchers and fifty student researchers work at IWW. IWW consists of five groups: Hydraulics and numerical methods for river flow calculations Groundwater […]

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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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