System to Create Models of Fluid Flow Phenomena
System to Create Models of Fluid Flow
Mathematical Research, Inc.
1120 NASA Road One, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77058
C. Lamar Wiginton (713-333-3912)
ARC -- NAS2-12796
Data representing certain fluid flow phenomena are frequently presented as three-dimensional
graphics displays on a computer screen. Such displays are inherently two-dimensional
and graphics techniques for visually portraying three-dimensional features are limited.
For example, depth perception, precise measurement, and data comparisons pose difficulties.
The objective of this project was to determine the technical feasibility of developing
a system that will produce a faithful three-dimensional model from a three-dimensional
graphics display of fluid flow data. Such a system would truly be an innovation in
that there is no currently available, inexpensive technique for model production
directly from a computer display.This effort centered around the use of a standard
personal computer with graphics capabilities, an electronic control subsystem, an
output mechanism, and control software. The results involve both good and bad news.
The good news is that the system constructed models; the bad news is that the accuracy
needs to be improved for precise measurement of fluid flow parameters.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Application: For applications where accurate modeling of functions
is not required, the system may find a wide range of applications, e.g., education
in mathematics and engineering, architecture, and commercial display and advertising.