In 1940, images of the Tacoma Narrows suspension
bridge buckling and then breaking in high winds shocked the world,
upsetting many of the apparent certainties of the civil engineering
While there have been many advances in predicting the impact of
wind turbulence since then, there has always been an element of
guesswork - until the bridge was completed.
Now, at the University of Nottingham, a
new Super Computer - one of the most powerful in Europe - is
helping to reduce that element of guesswork still further. Roughly
equivalent to 1000 PCs working together, the Super Computer can
provide three million, million or three teraflops of computational
power. This allows computer models of the stresses caused by
turbulence to be built with far greater detail than ever
In addition to turbulence modelling, the Super Computer is also
enabling the University’s researchers to make new strides in
the areas of Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy.
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