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: Melbourne cricket ground redevelopment

Contributed by Eric Jal, Sr. Engineer, Energy Div. Connell Wagner, Melbourne, Australia Ventilation is a key design factor for the new Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Using PHOENICS to optimize the design, CFD and Tecplot have been used to analyze air movement within the building and in external areas. In this image we see relative changes in air movement patterns across the pitch due to the construction of the new Northern […]

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Plot of the month: Wave interaction with a tension leg platform

Contributed by Dr. Sundar Prasad, Senior Analyst, Coastal & Ocean Engineering Group Sandwell Engineering, Inc., Vancouver, B.C. The crest of a wave reaches the forward legs of a platform in the figure below. Data visualization is a key component in post processing results from Sandwell’s numerical models. Tecplot quickly allows them to represent large quantities of data in a form that can be understood easily. This layout shows how the […]

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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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