Smoke and Fire at Network.com


Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), a computer program for modeling fire and smoke flow, is now available from the Network.com Application Catalog. FDS numerically solves a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally driven flow with an emphasis on smoke and heat transport from fires.

(OK, that's a very fancy way of saying it needs to solve complicated differential equations that are very compute intensive and lends themselves beautifully for processing in a grid utility. ;-) )

FDS is developed by NIST, and is used for fire and smoke modeling for animation (think FDS when you see cars going up flames in a Pixar movie), sprinkler activation in warehouse fires, tenability in residential fires, and smoke concentration in outdoor pool fires.
Fire Image
(Image courtesy: Wei O'Connell)

Bottom line, it is a very useful program for predicting smoke and fire. Learn more about it in Network.com Application Catalog, and if you are a developer/modeler, here is how to run the program at Network.com.

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