Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, involves the numerical
solution of problems in fluid dynamics and fluids transport.
The advent of high-speed and large-memory computers has
enabled CFD to obtain solutions to many flow problems
including those that are compressible or incompressible,
laminar or turbulent, chemically reacting or non-reacting.
At NCMR, We have strived to develop a state-of-the-art
multidisciplinary physics-based CFD capability that enables
us to tackle a diverse set of problems in fluid management,
materials processing, biofluids comprised of both physiological
and cellular flows, microfluidics and MEMS, and multiple-scale
multiphase phase transport.
These problems are always examined in their realistic and often complex time varying geometries as dictated by each specific application and under a range of gravitational conditions. Traditionally, as an integral part of microgravity research at NCMR, CFD has played an important role in aiding the design of microgravity flight experiments and in interpreting their results. CFD is also emerging as an important and valuable vehicle in our new work in space-related biomedicine and in our Research for Design program. In these areas CFD analysis is focused on optimizing the design and operation of present and future advanced life support and spacecraft fluids management systems.