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The Democratization of CFD: Taking Off

Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, is moving toward democratization. Once the province of a subset of specialists, CFD is now reaching an ever-greater population of engineers.

From its computational inception at the Los Alamos National Lab’s T3 group in the late 1950s, CFD analysis had been performed exclusively by specialized analysts who held Ph.D.’s in the subject and had devoted their careers to the discipline. But CFD has seen great change over the past 10 years, with a jump in the number of computer technologies available to all levels and types of engineers and to engineers at smaller companies have more access to CFD than in the past.

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