By Michael Böttcher, Ph.D.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Reactor Technology and Neutron Physics, Germany
LBE is a eutectic mixture consisting of 45 percent lead and 55 percent bismuth. It is foreseen as a possible coolant for Generation IV nuclear reactor systems. The most interesting properties of LBE in comparison with lead and water are presented in Table 1.
The effective use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software poses unique challenges in the academic environment that are not faced in industry. Fortunately, Pointwise is well suited to support classroom, lab, and research uses in ways that minimize the overhead of deploying the software while maximizing its benefits to both professors and students.
Natural gas accounts for more than 23 percent of the world's energy production. Although it is not used in airplane engines because of its large storage volume, it has become widespread in industrial gas turbines and is the fuel of choice for many to plug the “energy gap” within the United Kingdom.
As the exclusive Pointwise distributor for Japan since 1996, VINAS Co. Ltd. has developed a high level of technical staff competency in general mesh generation techniques and in Pointwise usage specifically.