Scientific visualization plays a key role in the scientific process by offering the means to see abstract data. It is the modern equivalent of a microscope or oscilloscope since it provides visual depictions of scientific data in a multitude of user-controllable and -tunable forms aimed at increasing insight and understanding.
This project, led by Professor P.K.Yeung of the Georgia Institute of Technology, aims to increase scientific understanding of turbulent flows by performing at very high resolutions. They simulate rotating turbulent flow subject to Coriolis forces in the equation of motion conducted first at a grid resolution of 10243. The preliminary results indicate that the major features of the flow are similar to those previously obtained at lower grid resolutions, but at a higher Reynolds number, which implies increased relevance to actual turbulent flows in engineering applications.