Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Steve Lottes - Computational Fluid Dynamics Project Leader
CFD is widely used in many industries, including transportation, power, bioengineering, weather forecasting, homeland security, defense, etc. In the transportation field, CFD is used in the design and analysis of vehicles (including autos, buses, trucks, trains and aircraft) and transportation system components, such as bridge response to airflow and river flow.
In many of these applications, three-dimensional (3-D) CFD models are needed to capture accurately the physical conditions and response of interest. Such 3-D models, commonly used in both steady state and transient applications, require substantial computing power. The code developers recognize this requirement and currently provide latest-generation versions of these software tools that run on parallel and massively parallel computers, such as those at TRACC, including the commercially available codes FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, and STAR-CD.