FieldView software from Intelligent Light. Isosurfaces highlight vortex wake structures generated by the wind turbine’s rotor blades, the tower and nacelle, and how they interact with one another.
In a cover and feature article, Earl P.N. Duque, manager of Applied Research discusses the challenges and state of the art technologies that are in use today to increase performance and decrease the cost of energy for wind energy.
“Designing the most efficient and effective wind turbine calls for modeling tools that provide accurate, reliable numerical predictions of wind-turbine rotor performance over a machine’s full range of operating conditions. Simulating real-world conditions using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) lets users understand flow phenomena and their effects on the system, better predict the system’s power output, and analyze the types of vibration, fatigue, and other wear-and-tear the wind turbine may experience for the conditions modeled.”
Desktop Engineering published an article (Jan 2009) featuring the use of FieldView CFD post-processing in the development of a new aircraft concept in development by a small but creative team who’s simulation tools are allowing them to develop an aircraft using ingenuity, creativity, and readily available CFD simulation tools.
“…an automated process can produce simulations and results of more than 100 different design variations overnight.”- Koni Schafroth, CEO, Team SmartFish
Schafroth credits FieldView’s ease of use and visualization capabilities with providing the team an advantage in getting more information in less time.
“FieldView’s user interface is intuitive enough that I can go without using the tool for several weeks and then come back and pick up right where I left off using restart files with new or existing data.”
- Koni Schafroth, CEO, Team SmartFish
M.N.Godo, Ph.D. – FieldView Product Manager
Mixing processes are involved at some level in of nearly all chemical manufacturing processes and are fundamental to the successful operation of combustion-driven systems. Today, many CFD practitioners in the chemical process industry are able to use simulation to obtain detailed insight on the overall performance of their process equipment. However, it is still difficult to relate CFD data to the effective management and control of a particular process. In addition, the cost of production delays due to sudden, unexpected changes in product quality provide strong motivation to understand the impact and relevance of CFD studies that are focused on these areas.