Engineering an accurate, affordable model for turbulence in air and space travel

University of Pennsylvania | March 27, 2019

The future of space travel could hinge on the management of tiny swirls of air turbulence. But first, engineers have to figure out just how far they can push the envelope. George Ilhwan Park, an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, focuses on understanding and modeling those turbulent eddies, which happen when the flow of air over a wing is disrupted by even a small amount, producing a complex tangle of currents.
Armed with a grant from NASA and an astonishing amount of supercomputing time, he’s on the forefront of developing models that are affordable but also highly accurate in their predictions. Better models could improve the efficiency of aerial or waterborne vehicles and could also help build wind turbines and wind farms that are more stable and energy-efficient.

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The automotive industry was predicted to cross US$1.7 trillion by the year 2015, an increase of 39.6% from the year 2010. The automotive manufacturing industry includes the production of trucks, commercial vehicles, and passenger vehicles, out of which cars alone account for as much as 61.5% of the industry’s total value. (MarketResearch.com, 2011). While the total cost of manufacturing a car can be demarcated as 47% for components and raw materials, 21% for labor, 6% for R&D, 6% for depreciation, 10% for administration, 3% for logistics and the remaining 7% for all the other parameters including marketing, (Kailstrom, 2015) one big hidden cost that all OEMs have to incur are the costs associated with engineering changes.

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The automotive industry was predicted to cross US$1.7 trillion by the year 2015, an increase of 39.6% from the year 2010. The automotive manufacturing industry includes the production of trucks, commercial vehicles, and passenger vehicles, out of which cars alone account for as much as 61.5% of the industry’s total value. (MarketResearch.com, 2011). While the total cost of manufacturing a car can be demarcated as 47% for components and raw materials, 21% for labor, 6% for R&D, 6% for depreciation, 10% for administration, 3% for logistics and the remaining 7% for all the other parameters including marketing, (Kailstrom, 2015) one big hidden cost that all OEMs have to incur are the costs associated with engineering changes.

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