Modern Simulation Techniques Change Products and Processes


"RWTH THEMEN" magazine reports on current research projects


The current issue of the RWTH THEMEN research magazine reports on research projects at the Aachen university focusing on modern simulation processes. In 13 pieces we spotlight mathematics in radiotherapy planning, algorithms for creating 3D illustrations, calculations for noise reduction in aircraft engines, simulation programs for supercomputers, and models for developing artificial heart valves.

The spectrum of topics also includes geoscientific simulations. Geoscientists analyze an area on the basis of selective observations in drilled holes and measurements. Their results and prior knowledge of the underground are not always compatible. The information, varying in precision and significance, must then be combined in a useful and logical way. The working group "Numerical Reservoir Engineering" at the Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science uses modern simulation methods to achieve this.

Another funding line aims for a better understanding of human breathing. The analysis of airflow in our airways makes it possible to tailor our investigation into an illness specific to the patient and to improve operation plans. A medical computer tomography dataset contains three-dimensional information about air, tissue, and bone. This data is used to create a surface net with individual elements in the submillimeter range. This makes it possible, for example, to see if a patient has incorrect airflow in cases of where their sense of smell or taste have weakened.

Computational Science & Engineering Profile Area

The projects highlighted are all conducted in the Computational Science & Engineering Profile Area at RWTH Aachen. The profile area was established with funds from the Excellence Initiative with the aim of strengthening Germany as a location for business and to contribute to improvements in people's quality of life. The profile area combines skills from RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich at the intersection of engineering, the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science, and medicine.

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