Submitted by Richard Smith on January 2, 2013 - 20:02
With all the virtual-world CFD simulations I see it's always a thrill to see real-world applications of a similar configuration. This happened recently with a visit to Manchester, New Hampshire where I saw a solar panel array on a renovated cotton mill.
Solar Panel Array on a Mill BuildingManchester, New Hampshire
Submitted by Richard Smith on December 18, 2012 - 13:54
Aerodynamics news blast coming your way. Lots of car related news, along with small (nano) and large (airliner) flying machines, and rounded out by news of a Bill Nye "The Science Guy" Kickstarter flight game.
Submitted by Richard Smith on November 19, 2012 - 15:50
If you are into fluid dynamics then you have a real treat in store over the next couple of days. The American Physical Society's (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) meeting is underway in San Diego and runs November 19-20, 2012. For a taster of the eagerly anticipated presentations here's a brief selection ranging from huddling penguins to knuckleball soccer kicks.
Submitted by Richard Smith on November 13, 2012 - 10:49
Another news blast, this time with an aerodynamics theme. Read on to discover how trucks can be more efficient, how racecars and bikes can go faster, and how to make a stunning McLaren ad. Hint - it's all down to aerodynamics.
Making of an Aerodynamics Themed McLaren AdScroll to the bottom of the page to see the finished ad
Submitted by Richard Smith on November 6, 2012 - 12:39
It seems that analogies between fluid flow and other physical processes continue to proliferate. Add to that list the analogy between a hydraulic jump (think smooth-shallow to rough-deep transition in a sink under a running tap) to a white hole (think black hole running backwards in time). Physicists at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France recently showed through "...an experimental demonstration that the circular hydraulic jump represents a hydrodynamic white hole...".
Submitted by Richard Smith on October 29, 2012 - 11:17
Browsing through the news today I can across an interesting array of fluid dynamics related stories that I thought I'd share. So if you want to see how the Williams F1 team uses CFD and wind tunnels, or why a half-full (or is it half-empty?) bottle of water breaks when you hit it in a certain way (clue: cavitation), or how to make nanoballs (clue: bristles), and more, check out the links below.
Submitted by Richard Smith on October 17, 2012 - 13:01
I think everyone is well aware of the link between tsunamis and earthquakes after the devastation wreaked in recent years on Japan and Indonesia. However, there is a lesser known water wave called a seiche that is limited to semi-enclosed and fully-enclosed bodies of water, such as lakes, bays, swimming pools, and even puddles. I went searching for links between earthquakes and fluid dynamics after I experienced a minor earthquake (4.0 magnitude) here in New England.