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US DoD to Work on Project for Digital Copy of Gas Turbines

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has selected a supercomputing project that will focus on the research and development of large-scale integrated simulations of gas turbine engines as part of the High-Performance Computing Modernization Program.

The primary investigators on the project are Dr. Luis Bravo from the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, and Dr. Russell Powers from the Naval Air Warfare Center.

Bravo wrote in the project proposal that the endeavor “will lead to quantum leaps in the performance, efficiency, and reliability of next-generation gas turbine engines.”

The researchers hope to create a digital twin of an actual gas turbine engine, which will “enable real-time engine health awareness and reduce lifecycle cost.”

“We are now able to tackle such large problems due to the recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and advanced computational fluid dynamics,” Bravo said.

‘Frontier Projects’

The research will be the “Frontier Project” for 2022, a yearly award granted by the DoD for projects to develop newer tech for the department’s high-performance computing sector.

The DoD has been awarding projects under the program since 2014. The goal of the program is to research, develop, test, and evaluate “outcomes that could not be achieved using typically available DOD High-Performance Computing Modernization Program resources.”

Awardees under the Frontier Projects program have also included the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research projects.

The DoD will begin funding this latest Frontier Project beginning October 21 and is expected to cover up to four years of research funding.

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