Scientists at GE Global Research have been using the world’s most powerful supercomputers to simulate everything from fuel flowing through jet engine nozzles to water drops turning into ice. The results can be rewarding beyond solving research riddles. “Many times our work generates images that are visually breathtaking,” says Rick Arthur, who leads the Advanced Computing Lab at GRC.
Supercomputers are helping GE engineers speed up innovation, crack previously intractable problems, and shorten the business cycle. Take a look at our slideshow featuring a hypnotizing turbine flow, density gradients and other arresting images generated by GRC scientists.
The “blue blobs” shown in this picture represent particles in an advanced nickel alloy used to manufacture high-pressure turbine rotors and cooling systems for jet engines. The model is a simulation of what happens to the size and distribution of the particles when the alloy rapidly cools at a rate of 200 degrees Fahrenheit per minute.