Another success is specialist chimney manufacturer DINAK. This highly innovative business was looking for a way to virtualise cumbersome tests for optimising chimney construction. To date, DINAK was only able to complete optimization through intensive, iterative, experimental tests, repeatedly rebuilding elements of the product in the lab and measuring air flow, temperatures and isolation properties.
Working via the Fortissimo market place HPC experts Aimen, in collaboration with HPC provider CESGA, were commissioned to develop a web-based tool, using the Open Source HPC software OpenFOAM. After the successful development project DINAK engineers were able to virtualise their optimisation process. Making the solution user-friendly was a key part of the project. This focus has ensured that even engineers with little or no experience of using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) are able to use the software quickly and efficiently. Another boon was the provision of remote visualization which has eliminated the need for huge data files be downloaded, which would have required very high-bandwidth internet access.