Computational Fluid Dynamics [Videos]

Researchers at George Mason University’s Center for Computational Fluid Dynamics recently unveiled a first of its kind patient-specific blood flow simulation system that was assembled by Phillips Medical Systems using software components developed at Mason. The cutting-edge technology has the potential to improve diagnostics and treatments for millions of Americans who are affected by brain aneurysms — saclike bulges in the blood vessels — each year.

A multi-disciplinary team composed of Mason’s computational scientists, Inova Fairfax Hospital’s neuroradiologists, and Phillips Medical System’s engineers, produced the application to provide neurologists with hemodynamic (blood flow) information that is believed to be of fundamental importance for understanding the evolution and rupture process of brain aneurysms.

Rainald Löhner, professor of computational sciences at George Mason University, examines computational sciences, which has now become the third pillar of the empirical sciences. Professor Löhner discusses the reasons for these developments and provides an outlook for the future.
Computational sciences have greatly impacted how our society gathers and produces knowledge yet the new form of data acquisition that is emerging is bringing about wide philosophical implications and changing the way we perceive the world.