RESEARCH



 Phenomena considered in mechanical engineering comprise many different and complex features. In order to analyze aerodynamic characteristics of vehicles, multi-scale approach should be used. The approach, which consists of macro-, meso- and micro-scale analyses, treats up to the details of structure at molecular level and its contribution to a larger scale studied. Macroscale analysis relates to design and performance of space vehicles, aircraft and automobile, mesoscale information becomes relevant and important when the local behavior of fluid influences general performance of larger scale systems, and molecular scale analysis of nanoscale areas helps to clarify how, in details, molecular structure affect the local fluid phenomena. The three approaches are Navier-Stocks computational fluid dynamics (NS-CFD), lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), and molecular dynamics (MD).

The laboratory was newly formed in April, 2009 and members have been changed. Three faculty members are specialists in each of the three above mentioned fields of numerical simulation. By means of advanced numerical modeling, all members of the laboratory unify efforts to refine and deliver the methods of high accuracy and reliability for multi-scale computation and modeling technologies. In response to future needs, we use such technologies to clarify yet unknown mechanisms and develop cutting-edge machines.

 


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 In our laboratory, education and research in computational simulation technology are conducted. In order to reproduce engineering phenomena in computers, numerical methods for the simulation are developed. Then, the methods are utilized to analyze mechanism of studied phenomena so that we can design new machines and control them well.

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