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Computational Fluid Dynamics
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Computational Fluid Dynamics

June 30, 2010
Computational Fluid Dynamics This graphic depicts the turbulent instability dynamics of large fire plumes, which have been modeled by Professor Paul DesJardin, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, on the University at Buffalo's Center for Computational Research's (CCR) computers using Large Eddy Simulation techniques. The research was supported by a NSF Career Award to Professor DesJardin. Instability dynamics are responsible for the unsteady heat transfer in fire environments, which have been observed experimentally. The mesh superimposed on the bottom of the plume is the underlying computational grid utilized to carry out the calculation. An improved understanding of instability dynamics will result in more accurate predictions of fire intensity and growth. More about this ImageWhile the individual faculty members who carried out this research have grants with a diverse set of agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy, the computing gresources utilized for this research were provided by the University at Buffalo's (UB) CCR, which was started in 1998 with a funding from a NSF Major Research Infrastructure (MRI) grant. From its relatively humble beginnings in 1998, CCR has become a substantial academic supercomputing facility, with a technical staff of 13 and a computing capacity of about 13 Tflops. The five faculty members at UB that were principal investigators on the NSF MRI grant, which was titled "Structural Studies and Methodologies in Chemistry and Molecular Biology," were Philip Coppens, Thomas Furlani, Jiali Gao, Harry King, and Russ Miller. For more information about CCR, visit the CCR Web site at http://www.ccr.buffalo.edu/. (Date of Image: April 2007)


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