Smoke and Fire at Network.com
By chhandomay on Oct 08, 2007
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
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.
(Image courtesy: Wei O'Connell)