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Pratt & Whitney Developing High-Performance Computing Environment For Jet Engine Design

28 November 2018
Next Platform reports that Pratt & Whitney is working to design a high-performance computing (HPC) environment that “includes more automated workflows, simulations and more crunching of data, and includes not only traditional systems but also big data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), open-source technologies like MapReduce and 3D inspections.” The company has used HPC to develop the PurePower PW1000G engine, “which offers significant improvements in fuel efficiency, noise reduction, and emission reduction.” The design involved “computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to drive maximum efficiency through the compressor and turbine as well as for the combustor of the engine.” According to Pratt & Whitney’s Pete Bradley, a “Fellow with the company’s high-performance computing and modeling business,” the company has around “1,000 unique users every month using an HPC operation that runs on tens of thousands of processor cores.” (Image: A full size model of the engine used to power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft was displayed during the Farnborough Air Show in England, 12 July 2016. Credit: Associated Press–©)
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