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The Impact of Immersive Environments on CFD

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June 2004

The Impact of Immersive Environments on CFD

By Bill Panepinto,
General Manager,
Acuitiv Software

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions for both pre- and post-processing have quickly become mission-critical applications in several vertical markets, including aerospace and defense, automotive, chemical processing, energy and environmental services, to name a few. What has a larger influence on the future of CFD is the impact of immersive environments.

Immersive environments allow engineers, customers and even executives who are not familiar with the technology to visualize results in a context they can easily understand. Immersive environments and associated visualization software allow companies to actually step into their design to better analyze and collaborate. No other technology offers more potential to understand problems and optimize results in a fraction of the time, and the trend is growing rapidly.

In an immersive environment, the user becomes fully surrounded in an artificial, three-dimensional world that is completely computer-generated, tapping into the human capacity for complex evaluation. This creates a safe and productive working environment to experience worlds too complex, too dangerous, not yet in existence, or otherwise impossible, impractical or too costly to explore directly.

A desktop monitor is not truly immersive as is the case with typical three- dimensional modeling programs. The benefit with an immersive environment is the ability to twist simultaneously among the x, y and z axes while looking linearly along those axes.

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