Portrait of wind simulation
This picture shows how software designed for computational fluid dynamics can be used to visualize wind. This model, created by software company Ansys, showed--too late, as it turned out--that the location for the Swift turbine was the worst possible spot on the museum's roof because of wind turbulence. Based on this visualization, the turbine was put on a higher tower and moved a few feet. Though these visualizations are very helpful to understand wind flow, they are meant as a complement to gathering actual wind data.
May 20, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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