Archive for June, 2008

The field trip

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

So on Monday everyone in the research program I’m in (my job) was required to attend a field trip to the Rolls-Royce plant in Indianapolis. If I could only have learned one thing from the trip it’s that Rolls-Royce doesn’t make cars. I knew that going in since I’m in aerospace and Rolls-Royce is pretty well known for their gas turbine jet engines. The reason I mention this is because every time I said to someone that I’d be visiting Rolls-Royce, they’d inevitably ask what cars have to do with aerospace engineering. So just remember this: Rolls-Royce does not make cars.

Something worthwhile

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The other day I was talking with the grad student I work for and we were discussing flux boundary conditions. It might help to know more about what it is we’ve been doing lately. As I mentioned in my last post, the grad student has been working on an FEM package. What it does is takes, as input, a file describing a kind of problem to solve. Among other things the file has sections that need to describe the boundary conditions for the problem.

I have seen the other side.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Well, I haven’t written in a long while. I’ve been quite busy recently. Work has been consuming most of my time. Don’t take that as a bad thing, though; I’m actually liking it immensely. I’ve been working especially hard these last couple of days with a grad student helping to fix and write code in an FEM package he’s been working on in C++. It’s hard work but I really enjoy it. Unfortunately it does take time away from thinking about totally useless but interesting things. Sometime this week we’re going to come up with a finite element formulation for two or three different models of fluid flow (at the very least we’re going to try the continuity equation and a linearized flow model). So when that’s done I might post it up here.