Computational fluid dynamics

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Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a branch of fluid mechanics‎ that uses numerical analysis and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows.


  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques are used to simulate a number of phenomena. Obviously, crashing waves and oceans can leverage CFD, but explosions, fireballs, and smoke effects all make use of CFD nowadays as well.
    • A. McAdams, S. Osher and J. Teran, “Crashing Waves, Awesome Explosions, Turbulent Smoke and Beyond: Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing in the Visual Effects Industry.”, Notices of the AMS, 2010; 57 (5): 614-623.
  • CFD merely provides tools for solving the equations of fluid motion; it does not change the conceptual landscape in any fundamental way. Still, it is so powerful that it has become indispensable to the practice of aeronautical engineering.

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