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BRIAN SPALDING: CFD & REALITY

DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2008.CHT.110
18 pages

Akshai K. Runchal
Analytic & Computational Research, Inc, Los Angeles, CA 90077; CFD Virtual Reality Institute, Dharamsala, HP, India 176219

Abstract

Brian Spalding did not invent CFD. He did not even coin the name. But more than anyone else, he created the practice of CFD − its application to problems of interest to engineers. The author has been associated with, and an integral part of the team led by, Prof. Spalding that developed the basic engineering practice that came to be known as the Imperial College (IC) approach to "CFD". Most of today's commercially available CFD software tools trace their origin to the work done by the IC group in the decade spanning the mid-60s and mid-70s.
This talk traces the key moments of the CFD developments at Imperial College and the role played by Brian Spalding as a leader of, and as an active contributor to, the IC Group. His key insights during this decade often made breakthroughs possible and re-directed the focus at critical moments. The talk will also explore the missed opportunities by the IC Group during this decade of breakneck progress in CFD.

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