The applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) lab at the Mechanical Engineering Department was established to use CFD as an analysis tool to understand the transport phenomena (fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, chemical reactions and electromagnetic effects) in industrial processes and as a design tool to optimize engineering components and system design. Multiphysics modeling and simulations are carried out to study transport phenomena and thermally induced stress in various industrial processes and engineered systems, such as energy conversion, automobile aerodynamics, electronics cooling, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), welding, casting, etc.
The simulation are based on in-house codes (using finite-volume method) and commercial codes (STAR-CCM+, COMSOL, ANSYS), and mathematical modeling software tool (MatLab). CAD software (ProE, SolidWorks, AutoCAD) are used for solid modeling. The high performance computing needs are served by the existing computing infrastructure at UB. The School of Engineering at UB has six computer laboratories, which house 135 high performance PCs/HP workstations and 25 Sun Microsystems stations. In addition, two 64-bit high performance HP workstations were acquired for the CFD lab through a UB Seed Money Grant.