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Developing Best Practice Guidelines for CFD
Posted Fri August 03, 2001 @10:10AM
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Help Desk As we can all surely agree that CFD holds enormous benefits for industrial application, we can all agree that the road to these benefits is marred with obstacles. In truth, CFD technology has evolved quite nicely in the past decade. Today applications for CFD abound in ways not thought of a few years ago. However, implementation of the new technology in industry has crept along at a snail's pace. Today, only companies who can afford a staff of dedicated, experienced analysis engineers can tackle the tough problems which lead to real advancements in their field.

If you believe (as I do) that we will not see a dramatic revolution in CFD technology, but rather the continual evolution of the current tools (there will be no "black box" into which you can speak "optimize this system for me"), then you can see that what we need is a revolution in the way in which we use CFD as a tool. A large amount of time has been spent developing and validating the CFD tools we use, but very little time has been spent developing an efficient manner for using the tools and for passing that information along to the uninitiated user.


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QNET-CFD, a European network of companies and universities has undertaken just that task. With the goal of passing CFD "know-how" along to the non-specialist engineer the group sets out to
assemble, structure and collate existing knowledge encapsulating the performance of models underlying the current generation of CFD codes, and to make this information available in the form of [a] knowledge base.
The knowledge base will provide a means for new users to connect to existing knowledge, provide for the transfer of knowledge across industry sectors, allow interpretation (best practice advise) of existing knowledge, and identify gaps in current knowledge. The knowledge base will consist of a library of application challenges and well-documented flow regimes within industry sectors and serve as realistic examples of the use of CFD within that industry. The knowledge base will be made available over the internet.
The potential benefit of the QNET-CFD Thematic Network to European Industry is enormous. It will ultimately unlock CFD's full potential as a front line industrial design and assessment tool. Also, by assembling and structuring current knowledge in this way, crucial gaps would be revealed and this will prove invaluable for targeting future funds towards high value research projects designed to fill these gaps. The Network will exert a profound impact upon community social and economic objectives.

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