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Computational Mechanics

State-of-the-art computational tools using large-scale numerical simulations are developed and applied by Computational Mechanics Section technical staff at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to solve a broad range of client problems. These tools include:

  • Hydrocodes
  • Engineering codes
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes

SwRI has expertise in structured and unstructured grid solvers using either finite volume or finite element methods and maintains a large suite of codes for simulating:

  • Compressible or incompressible flows
  • Structural response and deformation
  • Thermal and chemical reaction effects
  • Other complex physics such as turbulence modeling

Computational Mechanics Capabilities

  • Code development
  • Code enhancement and modification
  • Penetration mechanics
  • Computational constitutive modeling
  • Warhead modeling
  • CFD
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Computational fracture mechanics
  • Multiphase transport modeling
  • Energetic material modeling
  • Material behavior prediction
  • Turbulence modeling
  • Numerical uncertainty
  • Numerical methods development

Computational Mechanics Experience

  • Development and implementation of physical models
  • Simulation of large deformation, dynamic phenomena
  • Simulation of large-scale processes and systems
  • Application of computer programs to real-world problems
  • Development of new algorithms for complex, multidisciplinary problems

Computational Tools

  • High-end workstations (Unix®, Linux®, and Windows®)
  • Parallel computers (Beowulf systems)
  • Fast switched-ethernet and ATM networks
  • Access to NSF, NASA, DoD and DOE supercomputers
  • SwRI-developed codes
  • Select commercial codes