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Here we present a choice of impressive projects from the environmental sciences and simulations from energy research which have been carried out on GCS supercomputers.

Self-Asssembled Porous Media

Self-Assembled Porous Media

Scientists studied the possibility of using the emulsification process of particle-stabilized emulsions to create self-assembled porous media. It was shown that this type of self-assembly can result in highly tuneable systems, which can be optimized for various purposes. More: Self-Assembled Porous Media …

Ab Initio Geochemistry of the Deep Earth

Ab Initio Geochemistry of the Deep Earth

Researchers deploy molecular modeling approaches based on quantum mechanics to develop structure models for crystals as well as disordered materials at the conditions of the Earth's lower crust and mantle. Such ab initio simulations also provide a unique access to physical properties and thermodynamic potentials of the respective materials. More: Ab Initio Geochemistry of the Deep Earth …

Proect SeisSol

Seismic Science Project SeisSol

In a collaborative effort, geophysicists, computer scientists, and experts of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre optimized and completely parallelised the 70,000 lines of code of earthquake simulation software SeisSol. The joint effort resulted in a sustained system performance of 1.09 Petaflops for a 3+ hours simulation run using all 147,456 compute cores of HPC system SuperMUC. More: Seismic Science Project SeisSol …

TERRA-NEO: Integrated Co-Design of an Exa-Scale Earth Mantle Modeling Framework

TERRA-NEO: Integrated Co-Design of an Exa-Scale Earth Mantle Modeling Framework

TERRA-NEO is an ambitious project to construct a next generation mantle circulation model that allows simulation-based breakthroughs in our understanding of the solid Earth. Current and future supercomputers can deliver the exceptional computational power needed for this research field. More: TERRA-NEO: Integrated Co-Design of an Exa-Scale Earth Mantle Modeling Framework …

Comprehensive ab initio Simulations of Turbulence in ITER-Relevant Fusion Plasmas

Comprehensive ab initio Simulations of Turbulence in ITER-Relevant Fusion Plasmas

Scientists employed one of the world-leading plasma turbulence codes to carry out pioneering studies of actual large-scale fusion devices with an unprecedented level of realism, bringing the community one step closer to the ultimate goal of a “virtual tokamak”. More: Comprehensive ab initio Simulations of Turbulence in ITER-Relevant Fusion Plasmas …

Full-F Gyrokinetic Simulation of Edge Pedestal in Textor

Full-F Gyrokinetic Simulation of Edge Pedestal in Textor

Good knowledge about turbulent transport is needed for further optimization of fusion reactors but realistic transport time scale simulations of plasma turbulence are computationally very demanding. Using HPC simulation technologies, scientists aimed at getting a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the sudden improvement in confinement observed in experiments. More: Full-F Gyrokinetic Simulation of Edge Pedestal in Textor …

Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Mixing in the Planetary Boundary Layer

Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Mixing in the Planetary Boundary Layer

Turbulence controls how the planetary boundary layer mixes with the overlying free troposphere. This process is particularly important in the presence of clouds. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology investigate how this mixing occurs using numerical simulations. This research helps improving the representation small-scale turbulence processes in weather and climate models. More: Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Mixing in the Planetary Boundary Layer …

Project SHAKEIT

Project SHAKEIT

Researchers leverage the computing power of HPC system SuperMUC for the simulation of seismic wave field in realistic 3D geological structures. More: Project SHAKEIT …

High Resolution Climate Modelling

High Resolution Climate Modelling

High resolution climate modelling with the CCLM regional model: Leveraging the computing power of HLRS supercomputer Hermit, a team of scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology investigates the regional climate of Central Europe/Germany and Africa by means of the climate version of the COSMO model (CCLM). More: High Resolution Climate Modelling …

Highly-resolved Numerical Simulations of Bed Load Transport in a Turbulent Open Channel Flow

Highly-resolved Numerical Simulations of Bed Load Transport in a Turbulent Open Channel Flow

Leveraging the computing power of HPC-system JUQUEEN, scientists of Technische Universität Dresden aim for new insights regarding the prediction of turbulence-induced erosion and near-bed transport of sediment particles in turbulent flow. A study employed Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) of a turbulent flow laden with a large number of particles with parameters of the disperse phase chosen similar to laboratory experiments. More: Highly-resolved Numerical Simulations of Bed Load Transport in a Turbulent Open Channel Flow …

DNS of Gas Transfer at the Air-Water Interface

DNS of Gas Transfer at the Air-Water Interface

The gas transfer process across the air-water interface plays an important role in many industrial and environmental systems. Very thin diffusive layers mark the interfacial mass transfer of low-diffusive substances. Using simulation technologies, scientists try to achieve a good understanding of the physical processes by resolving the gas transfer in these thin layers More: DNS of Gas Transfer at the Air-Water Interface …

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines for Future Large Offshore Farms

To study the aerodynamics of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) and to carefully characterize the vortex dynamics and decay of VAWT wakes, a team of scientists conducts extensive simulation runs on GCS supercomputers. More: Vertical Axis Wind Turbines for Future Large Offshore Farms …

Simulation of a seismic wave field during an earthquake in north Italy. © M. Meschede

Simulation of 3-D Seismic Wave Propagation in a Synthetic Earth

The imaging of the Earth‘s interior three-dimensional structure is a prerequisite for the understanding of the mechanisms that drive the continental plates, shape our landscapes, and lead to earthquakes and volcanoes. More: Simulation of 3-D Seismic Wave Propagation in a Synthetic Earth …

Simulation of current and future climates

Project UPSCALE: Counting the Storms

Scientists use GCS supercomputers for compute-intensive simulations in order to increase the fidelity of global climate simulations and provide quantitative information about the frequency of high-impact events and their risks. The research activity comprises a large series of global experiments (an ensemble), with each member of the ensemble dynamically simulating 27 years of both current and future climates. More: Project UPSCALE: Counting the Storms …

Simulation of combustion power plants

Simulation Technologies for Combustion Power Plants

Concerns about the present global energy situation and the impacts of climate change are the driving forces for optimizing combustion power plants operation towards maximum efficiency, and thus minimizing the emission of greenhouse gases. Computational modelling of the combustion process in industrial scale combustion systems has become a key technology to achieve this ambitious goal. More: Simulation Technologies for Combustion Power Plants …

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