Visualization of a CFD simulation of Ramgen’s shock wave-based compression technique. Image from phys.org.
Ramgen is developing technology involving shock wave-based compression of CO2 gas as part of a Dept. of Energy program for carbon capture and sequestration. (See image above.) The CFD simulations, using Numeca’s CFD code and the DOE’s supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Lab, have cut potentially 2 years and $2 million from commercialization of the product.
Watch this video demonstration of Khamsin, the CFD-plugin for Sketchup, as it is used to model a 250 cc go-cart.
At the University of Colorado, Boulder they’re using Tecplot Chorus to data-mine CFD solutions to address the issue of uncertainty in hypersonic air vehicle design.
Embry-Riddle is using STAR-CCM+ to simulate the aerodynamics of their EcoCar2 design.
CFD solution of the EcoCar traveling at 50 mph. Colors indicate pressure. Image from Desktop Engineering.
CFD News in Brief
Visualization Sciences Group, makers of the Avizo software for visualizing scientific data including CFD, was acquired by FEI Company, a world leader in production and distribution of electron microscopes. Plans for support and future development of VSG’s products is said to be unchanged. VSG had also recently announced the acquisition of the amira 3D visualization software.