The Elemental software is a giant leap for technology. It uses novel mathematical modeling methods to describe the dynamics of fluid flow, coupled to innovative digital solution techniques that efficiently harness the computational power of modern computers in a field known as computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Elemental enables scientists and engineers to study the dynamics of fluid flow, offering accurate predictions and unprecedented insights. Applications of the technology is extremely diverse, from aircraft design to heart valves. Airbus found Elemental “scientifically innovative while outperforming competing codes by a significant margin” and Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s top space technology company share the sentiment. Elemental, the brainchild of Prof. Arnaud Malan, has been under development for 18 years. The investment to date totals R60 mil and 60 man years.
As background to the Elemental novelty, the research field of computational mechanics has been traditionally...
The Elemental software is a giant leap for technology. It uses novel mathematical modeling methods to describe the dynamics of fluid flow, coupled to innovative digital solution techniques that efficiently harness the computational power of modern computers in a field known as computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Elemental enables scientists and engineers to study the dynamics of fluid flow, offering accurate predictions and unprecedented insights. Applications of the technology is extremely diverse, from aircraft design to heart valves. Airbus found Elemental “scientifically innovative while outperforming competing codes by a significant margin” and Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s top space technology company share the sentiment. Elemental, the brainchild of Prof. Arnaud Malan, has been under development for 18 years. The investment to date totals R60 mil and 60 man years.
As background to the Elemental novelty, the research field of computational mechanics has been traditionally subdivided into small focal areas. Not only were strong divisions present with regards the type of physics being modelled (solids, gasses, liquids etc.), but the numerical algorithms employed with-in each seen as opposition e.g. finite element and finite volume. This resulted in numerous (> 10 and < 100) research communities working in isolation of each other. Elemental has however demonstrated it possible to develop a unified discretization and solution methodology for a wide range of physics viz. solid mechanics, compressible flow, incompressible flow, free-surface-modelling, heat conduction and phase change. The new unified approach has resulted in a multi-physics code which models the full range of mentioned physics with a fraction of the computer code employed by others. This automatically results in a significantly smaller development team and budget, smaller development time-lines and significantly less errors (bugs) in the product (research proves a direct correlation between the number of lines of code and the bugs in the product). The Elemental team is therefore smaller than traditional teams (as is currently the case in InCFD).
The core business of the enterprise will therefore revolve around the Elemental CFD software. The unique and novel value proposition is the capability to integrate the different physical processes at play in nature into a single solution package, known as multi-physics CFD. This to support design of high efficient devices such as aircraft.
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