TechTarget defines computational fluid dynamics (CFD) as the “use of applied mathematics, physics, and computational software to visualize how gas or liquid flows– as well as how the gas or liquid affects objects as it flows past.” If you’re wondering if CFD is a big deal, the answer is a resounding YES! As the Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering says, “When we think of CFD in the aerospace and aeronautical industries, we often limit our thinking to the aerodynamic analysis of wing/tail structure or fuselages. But CFD analysis applies to almost all of the critical components and systems of an aircraft.”

The Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering lists additional examples of CFD’s presence and its valuable utilization as follows:

  • Ensuring “excessive heat” isn’t present in the electronic components since this “can lead to failure and reliability issues.”
    • Optimizing fuel delivery and engine cooling systems 
    • Analyzing cabin air conditioning/heating systems 
  • Providing a cost-efficient way to design 
    • “… the industry cannot afford to either over-conservatively design these systems (excessive cost) or prove efficiency/reliability by building multiple physical prototypes, testing in labs, and then re-designing, which is a long and expensive process.”

CFD: Efficient with Your Time & Pocketbook

For the best use of time and finances, CFD must be present at all stages of the design process for many aircraft components and systems. Like Auto-Valve, Inc. (AVI), aerospace industry standouts know this truth, which is why their engineering capabilities include CFD at its greatest potential and functionality.

As Radu Crahmaliuc, independent IT&C analyst and founder of Cloud Mania, points out, “A few decades ago, aerospace became the first industry to embrace engineering simulation. From nanotechnologies and micro-composite materials to futuristic wings profiles, many research projects in aircraft design focus on finding better solutions and bringing them to market faster, while simultaneously reducing costs.” Serving as a gold standard for engineering and attracting the brightest and most forward-thinking engineers is a trademark of the aerospace industry, and it has been for years.

The aerospace industry, including AVI, value and seek efficiency, which is abundantly clear through its application and understanding of CFD. Computational fluid dynamics is a mouthful to say, but it sure is easy to understand its importance. CFD, both the development and application, is one of the best ways to witness engineering at its finest.

Author: Evelyn Lindell