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Transforming Combustion Science and Technology with Exascale Simulations

2019

Challenge

Computer hardware is fundamentally changing, with performance now coming from parallelism, rather than increasing clock frequency. Current combustion codes will not perform well on evolving hardware without a major re-working of algorithms and implementation.

Achievement

NREL is playing a key role in developing an exascale computing simulation framework for modeling multiphysics reacting flows for combustion applications. This simulation capability will enable unique first-principles and near-first principles simulations of mixing, spray vaporization, auto-ignition, flame propagation, and soot/radiation in conditions relevant to practical combustion devices.

Impact

The exascale combustion simulation framework offers a tremendous opportunity for advancing design technology for energy generation and propulsion.

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