by Nick Waterson,|
Mott Macdonald, UK
Mott Macdonald is an international engineering and management consultancy based in the United Kingdom and operating world wide in the fields of construction, transportation, energy, water resources, the environment and education.
The Simulation Group within Mott Macdonald has been using CFX-4 and CFX-5 from ANSYS CFX for more than 12 years to solve a wide variety of problems relating principally to fire safety, wind engineering and power generation.
The Maitreya Project International is planning to build one of the largest statues of the Buddha in the world. The statue, with a height of 152m and a design life of 1000 years, is to be located in northern India. Mott Macdonald has been acting as consultant for a number of aspects of the design as well as the project management. The unusual nature and size of the structure mean that a number of advanced analysis techniques, including computational fluid dynamics, are required to overcome the many design challenges. During the preliminary design phase, one key issue to be addressed was the effect of extreme wind loads on the structure. It was decided to use a CFD approach for the initial determination of these loads, to be backed up by wind-tunnel testing and further CFD studies later in the project.