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Embedding Computational Fluid Dynamics Industrial and Research-Scale Projects Using High-Performance Computing in an Upper-Level Engineering Physics Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Engineering Physics & Physics Division Poster Session

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Engineering Physics & Physics

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Steven E. Ferguson Jr. University of Central Oklahoma

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Aric Martin Gillispie University of Central Oklahoma


Adam Dorety University of Central Oklahoma

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Adam Dorety is currently a freshman at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). He is involved in UCO Robotics, and the UCO chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has continued his research on the Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and hopes to compete at the national tournament in June 2013. He hopes to graduate in 2015 and join the workforce. His experience with undergraduate research has undoubtedly strengthened his commitment to mechanical engineering.

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Evan C. Lemley University of Central Oklahoma

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Professor Lemley teaches thermo-fluid engineering and works with undergraduates to perform fluid dynamics research that is mostly focused on small scale flow problems. He is currently an Assistant Dean of Mathematics and Science and a Professor of Engineering and Physics at the University of Central Oklahoma, his home institution for more than fifteen years. Previously, Professor Lemley worked as a mechanical engineer in the power industry. His bachelor’s degree is in physics from Hendrix College and his M.S.M.E.
and Ph.D. were earned at the University of Arkansas.

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Matthew Benton

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Shahram Riahinezhad

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Fadi Abdulrahim

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Travis W. Locke

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Tyler Olheiser

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This poster focuses on the results of projects in a combined senior level-graduate level course (enrollment of 12) in fluid dynamics at the U__, a predominantly undergraduate institution (PUI) . A high performance computing (HPC) cluster, B___ has been deployed recently at the U__. The first author operates and administers the B__ cluster and serves as instructor of the fluid dynamics course, providing an opportunity to advance the course outcomes to include a high impact project that takes advantage of distributed computing. The goal of the projects is to expose students to HPC “at scale.” The projects require the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on a HPC system; intentionally exposing students to a new way of doing things. The poster will encapsulate the quantitative and visual results of the projects and examine the impact on students of the projects.

Ferguson, S. E., & Gillispie, A. M., & Dorety, A., & Lemley, E. C., & Benton, M., & Riahinezhad, S., & Abdulrahim, F., & Locke, T. W., & Olheiser, T. (2016, June), Embedding Computational Fluid Dynamics Industrial and Research-Scale Projects Using High-Performance Computing in an Upper-Level Engineering Physics Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26931

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