Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an integral part of the engineering design cycle.
Whether it is used to simulate industrial mixing tanks, aerospace components, or a myriad of other transient or steady-state flow phonenoma a CFD analysis reduces development time, minimises costs and increases the reliability of prototype designs.
CFD simulations can be used to model fluid flows over a wide range of physical scales. Thus, many of the same algorithms that can be used to simulate oceanic and estuarine flows can (with the addition of appropriate special models - eg: surface tension) also be used to simulate the behaviour of micro-droplets ejected from inkjet printers.
The areas where CFD can provide cost savings and design efficiency are many. Our own studies range from the simulation of fluid flow problems faced by water utilities, to the design of novel instrumentation used to control microfluidic devices.