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Multidisciplinary Scientific Visualization in European R&D Projects

  • Dean VucinicEmail author
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Part of the Augmented Vision and Reality book series (Augment Vis Real, volume 4)

Abstract

The manuscript addresses Scientific Visualization (SV) challenges in the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) environments, experienced by the author in the multidisciplinary European Research and Development (R&D) projects, which are important to be resolved for the growing complexity in evolving engineering software and their related visualization features, as an essential factor to improve their quality and efficient use. The visualization tools are considered as the natural integration mechanism to evidence the complexity and to provide missing integration solutions. Today, the visualization tools are equipped with highly interactive visual aids, which allow analysis and inspection of complex numerical data generated from high-bandwidth data sources such as simulation software, experimental rigs, satellites, scanners, etc. Such tools help scientist and engineers in data extraction, visualization, interpretation, and analysis tasks, enabling them to experience high degree of interaction and effectiveness in solving engineering problems. The modern engineering design is, and has to be based on the M&S principles, the key enabler to combine multidisciplinary workflows, which manage and structure such highly complex industrial solutions, supposed to integrate generic M&S tools based on the open standards solutions. The author gained experience in solving the M&S problems in European engineering R&D projects is presented throughout a time-span of last two decades, where the software technologies have been researched and demonstrated, especially addressing the SV software evolution in engineering, and in addition, the information visualization in general.

Keywords

Scientific visualization Modeling and simulation Multidisciplinary workflows Information visualization European research and development projects 

List of Abbreviations

CAD

Computer aided design

CAE

Computer aided engineering

CFD

Computational fluid dynamics

CFView

Computational flow field visualization

EFD

Experimental fluid dynamics

EU

European union

GUI

Graphical user interface

IME

Integrated modeling environment

J2EE

Java 2 platform, enterprise edition

JOnAS

Java open-source J2EE application server

KBE

Knowledge based engineering

KDD

Knowledge discovery and data mining

MVC

Model View Controller

MVE

Modular visualization environments

OOM

Object oriented methodology

OOP

Object oriented programming

OOPL

Object-oriented programming language

PIV

Particle image velocimetry

QFView

Quantitative flow field visualization

SDK

Software development kit

SOAP

Simple object access protocol

SV

Scientific visualization

SW

Scientific workflow

VisAD

Visualization for algorithm development

VA

Visual analytics

VTK

Visualization toolkit

VUB

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

WWW

World Wide Web

WS

Web services

Notes

Acknowledgments

The acknowledgment goes to all the EU projects consortia and the related participants, who took place in these challenging R&D projects span over the last two decades.

The fundings of the European Commission (EC) and the Flemish institute for Innovation and Technology (IWT) are gratefully acknowledged; the LCLMS, ALICE, LASCOT, QNET-CFD, SERKET, and 3D-TestBench projects have been instrumental in allowing carrying out such R&D work. The author is grateful to Vrije Universiteit Brussel for providing the necessary research and computer facilities for running the implementation of the engaged projects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electronics and InformaticsVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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