Posts Tagged ‘CFD’
In my first blog I promised reflections based on my 40 years in CFD. How best to start?
What was the advice that the King of Hearts gave to the White Rabbit? – “Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.” While not specifically intended in the context of blogs – it seems like good advice to me. So – starting at the beginning … (more…)
Talk about being in the right place at the right time …..!
Forty years ago this year, in the autumn of 1969, I embarked on my PhD on “Convection Processes in Three Dimensional Boundary Layers” in Professor Spalding’s Heat Transfer Section in the Mech Eng Department at Imperial College, London. This meant that I was a member (albeit a rather junior member) of a research team developing new computational methods for 3D parabolic boundary-layer flows.
It was clear even then that what we were involved in was something big and exciting – the creation of what was possibly the first practical 3D Navier-Stokes computational method anywhere. As part of this work, Suhas Patanker came up with the SIMPLE algorithm. What with this and associated work on turbulence modelling going on at the same time (leading, among other things, to the two-equation k-epsilon model in the basic form that we know it today), I don’t think that it’s too much to claim that much of the foundations of present day CFD (the name was coined later) were laid at Imperial College 40 years or so ago. It was great to be part of it. As I said – talk about being in the right place at the right time! (more…)
About David Tatchell’s Blog
Reflections on experiences and lessons learned during 40 years in the CFD business. Thoughts on the present state of the CFD industry and future trends, in the broader context of the CAE, CAD and EDA industries.
- Commercial CFD Starts Here …
- “Sledgehammer CFD” – The Best Approach?
- Beginning at the Beginning … 5 Parabolic or Elliptic? – Or Somewhere In Between?
- Beginning at the Beginning … 4 The Birth of Practical Turbulence Modelling
- Once a Petrolhead …
- Don’t Mistake “Simple to Use CFD” for “Simple CFD”.
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