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US3D: Aerodynamic and Aerothermodynamic Simulations Software

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Graham Candler, PhD
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, School of Science and Engineering
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Computational Fluid Dynamics Aerodynamic Model

The US3D software models high-speed aerodynamics and aerodynamic heating problems and is faster, more accurate, general, scalable and flexible than any other existing computational fluid dynamics code. The scalability of the program means it is able to solve very large problems on parallel computers in a cost-effective manner. The use of an unstructured grid allows the software to solve a wider range of time-dependent problems and makes it more applicable to more complicated geometries than the structured grid formulation used in the NASA DPLR code.

Highly Scalable and Efficient Aerodynamics Simulation

Simulating heat flows in aerodynamic applications is of critical importance in both supersonic flight and planetary entry for spacecraft. These applications are critical for the safety of the pilots and while experimental testing of materials is essential, it is expensive and difficult to reproduce the conditions of spacecraft reentry. Aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic simulation software, such as US3D, is key to preparing aircraft and spacecraft for all eventualities.

BENEFITS OF COMPUTATIONAL AERODYNAMICS SIMULATION USING THE US3D SOFTWARE PACKAGE:

  • The US3D code is more accurate, general, scalable, flexible and faster than any other existing computational fluid dynamics code.
  • The code uses an unstructured grid, allowing for a wider range of time-dependent problems to be solved.
  • The key feature of the US3D code is that it is highly scalable and efficient, making it possible to solve very large problems on parallel computers in a cost-effective manner.

US3D Information and Licensing

The US3D software is available from VirtusAero which develops and supports computational tools for aerospace applications. Information about the US3D license is on their Product and Services page.