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New Software: Visualization Provides A Deeper Understanding of Complex Data
Posted Tue July 30, 2002 @10:57AM
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Post Processing Virtual Vantage visualization software from Fuel-Tech N.V. uses virtual reality technology to help provide a much deeper and faster understanding of complex data sets, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) results, than can be obtained with conventional post-processing tools. It is difficult and time-consuming to identify areas that are critical to solving the problem or optimizing the design when viewing CFD results in the conventional manner, as contour plots overlaid on cross-sections of the solution domain. Virtual Vantage, on the other hand, allows users to maneuver through the solution domain from a first-person perspective in three-dimensional space while viewing critical dependent variables as color contours.

CFD has become an important design tool in nearly every industrial field because it provides values for fluid velocity, fluid temperature, fluid pressure and species concentrations throughout a flow domain. But CFD analysis to date has been limited by post-processors that provide results relative to a fixed user position that discourage discovery. Virtual Vantage software harnesses the power of virtual reality to convert the flow domain into a computer-generated world that the user can immerse himself or herself within in order to bring their fullest potential of human thought and skill to bear on the problem.

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