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The EPSRC Community Club in Computational Fluid Dynamics was founded in March 1990 as one of four clubs set up under the EASE Programme. The main activities of the Club included:
- Academic Software Library:
- Commercial Software: support of CFDS-FLOW3D, FLUENT, PHOENICS, STAR-CD, and FEAT
- Problem and Data Set Catalogue: more than 50 sources of flow data and test problems collected for use by the community.
The CFD Community Club was founded in early 1990 in response to the recommendations made to the subject committees of the SERC by the Advisory Group in Computational Fluid Dynamics, chaired by Professor Hutchinson (Cranfield). The CFD Community Club was one a number of such Clubs set up under the SERC Engineering Boards EASE programme. The Club had its Inaugural Meeting in March 1990 and continued until the late 1990s. The Club organised about 20 major technical meetings on subjects ranging from numerical accuracy in CFD computations to the visualisation of CFD results.
The library of common CFD software was set up with several thousand accesses per year. The library included:
- The TEAM Suite (Turbulent Elliptic Algorithm Manchester): which consists of four two-dimensional programs originally developed at UMIST.
- FLUX: a program developed by Prof S Fiddles at Bristol University primarily intended for teaching purposes. It solved the one-dimensional linear advection equation with unit speed or the inviscid Burgers’ equation.
- NAV2D: A program which solves the two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations in their primitive variable formulation, using the NAG/SERC Finite Element Library.
- VORTEX : A program for solving incompressible laminar flow based on vortex methods.
The catalogue of data sets and test problems consisted of a list of published reports and papers containing well-characterised and carefully carried out experiments or computations. In addition a collection of results from turbulent flow experiments which were collected by flow experts for the Stanford conferences on Complex Turbulent Flows held in 1980 and 1981 were also included in the data catalogue. About 1000 accesses to the files were made each year.
Conor Fitzsimons, Manjit Boparai and Alan Bryden were involved with the Club in its initial phase. Chris Greenough, Debbie Thomas and John Ashby were the main staff from Informatics involved later on.
Chris Greenough and Debbie Thomas are first and fourth in the second row from the front. John Ashby is the one with a beard, fifth from right in the back row.