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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CFD Simulation Analysis Times Reduced

Case Study: Tecplot Chorus integrates with KARALIT CFD to save time with mesh-free CFD simulations and analyses The Immersed Boundary (IB) methodology, a mesh-free technique for running CFD simulations, has been around since the 1970s. Instead of running Navier-Stokes equations on grids that conform to the shape of an object, as is done with meshing, the IB technique immerses a CAD model of the object into a Cartesian grid and […]

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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

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 turbulent heat and gas exchanges at the atmosphere-ocean interface. Nagaosa also serves as a senior research scientist at the […]

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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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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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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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