Jet engines started out as complicated creatures ever since GE built the first one in the U.S. in 1941, and their design has gotten exponentially more intricate since.
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This animation (above) shows a numerical simulation of a jet fuel spray performed on Sierra in collaboration with Cornell. Researchers used between 500,000 to 1 million CPU hours of simulation time. (One CPU hour is equal to one hour used by one computer processor for simulation.)
This image shows a snapshot from a numerical simulation of a generic aircraft engine injector.
This fuel nozzle for the LEAP jet engine was 3D-printed from a special alloy.
A still from a supercomputer simulation of a jet fuel spray.
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