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Siemens and Singapore’s IHPC to Establish Joint Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Laboratory. - 23rd June 2008
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Performance Computing (IHPC), a research institute within
Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), have concluded discussions regarding
the establishment of a Joint CFD Laboratory.
IHPC is one of several organisations under the A*STAR and has expertise in handling
large complex, multi-phase and multi-dimensional fluid dynamic problems such as those
faced by the water industry. Siemens has over the past 12 months, worked closely
with scientists at IHPC to obtain a wealth of knowledge on membrane bioreactor
operations (MBR) for Siemens. This initial work has already resulted in changes in
engineering design which in turn have resulted in significant performance
enhancements for Siemens technologies.
IHPC is also a partner for a second phase of the study aimed at a comprehensive
simulation and analysis of all facets of the complex MBR hydrodynamic phenomena.
Based on the successful collaboration between the organisations, and the significant
outcomes, Siemens and IHPC aim to establish a Joint CFD Laboratory. The lab will be
hosted at IHPC’s new premises at
science and technology innovation that will open in October 2008.
“Fluid dynamics is an essential foundation for any advanced technology in water and
waste water treatment,” said Dr Ruediger Knauf, Vice President R&D Siemens Water
Technologies. He added, “The multiphase fluid flow, gas flow, particle distribution and
the complex interactions of these parameters in the presence of heat and mass transfer
are critical to performance and separation characteristics and, consequently, energy
savings and low lifecycle costs for Siemens customers.”
Proposed projects which may be undertaken by the Joint Laboratory include the second
phase hydrodynamics study of MBR; a CFD study for optimisation of an advanced
flotation unit for oil removal for offshore drilling rigs; and studies aimed at advancement
of Siemens proven clarification technology.
“Siemens wants to build CFD capabilities in water treatment-related multiphase flow
phenomena at its Water Technologies Global R&D Centre so that projects which are
relatively straight forward and which do not require large-capacity computers could,
ultimately, be undertaken at the R&D Centre. The more complex computational studies
requiring greater computer power would be handled by IHPC”, said Dr Knauf.
between Siemens and IHPC, and this cooperation offers a basis to further strengthen
an already-excellent working relationship between our organisations.” Dr Thampuran
added, “Arrangements under discussion include mid- to long range technology plans,
milestones, staffing and resources, and we hope that the Joint Laboratory will
commence operations as early as
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Joanne Tan
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications
Institute of High Performance Computing
Tel: (65) 6419-1422
As a national research institute supported by A*STAR through SERC, the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) was established in April 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a strategic resource for scientific inquiry.
Its research focus are in the realm of complex-coupled systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, largescale systems, scientific computing and software development, digital modelling, adaptive and collaborative computing, data mining and analyses, computational electronics and electromagnetics, and computational material and chemistry. For more information on IHPC, please visit www.ihpc.a-star.edu.sg
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