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Integrating CFD and Experiments in Aerodynamics
A symposium to celebrate the career of Prof Bryan Richards
Date: September 8, 2003 - September 9, 2003
Location: Kelvin Gallery, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Organizer: University of Glasgow
Application Areas: Aerospace
Special Fields: Finite Volume Methods, Aerodynamics, Compressible Flows, Numerical Methods
Deadlines: March 31, 2003 (abstract), September 8, 2003 (registration)
Type of Event: Conference, International

Bryan Richards retires in September, 2003 following forty years of research and teaching in aerodynamics. His career has involved both experimental work at Imperial College and Von Karman Institute and CFD at University of Glasgow. The symposium is dedicated to the important topic of how to use CFD and experiments towards the goal of improve understanding of aerodynamics. It is intended to bring together international experts in these fields to look forward to new ways of integrating the two disciplines, and in the process celebrate the varied contributions of Bryan Richards to aerodynamics.

CFD practitioners and experimentalists have a common goal of understanding aerodynamics. It is therefore surprising that the disciplines often only interact for the validation of CFD. This provides a very limited form of integration but often there is no interaction between the experimentalist and the CFD practitioners. This situation is unsatisfactory from many points of view including (a) the need to have an appreciation of the flow before deciding what should be measured, (b) the desirability of having checks in place on the experimental measurements as they are taken, (c) the difficulty in making certain important measurements, (d) the need to assess the influence of the experimental techniques on the measurements, (e) the ability of CFD to provide detailed flow information and sensitivity at a reasonable cost for some cases, (f) the large cost of CFD calculations for other cases, and (g)the lack of credibility for the CFD results for some flow categories.

It could be argued that the process of aerodynamic investigation would be significantly enhanced if the integration of CFD and experiments was much stronger. In particular, the design and reliability of experiments could be significantly enhanced by CFD, the scope of experimental measurements extended through CFD and the credibility of the simulation results enhanced by the availability of suitable measurements from experiments. This sort of closer integration is however rare. The aim of the symposium is to bring together leading researchers from both fields to initiate more careful consideration of these issues and to stimulate new ways of approaching aerodynamic studies.

Event record first posted on August 7, 2002, last modified on August 7, 2002

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