IHPC’s researchers across the Engineering Mechanics, Fluid
Dynamics and the Materials Science and Engineering departments joined forces to
present the latest IHPC Student Seminar “Thinking
Through Science”. Held at Breakthrough and Discovery Theatrettes in March
2014, the seminar introduced aspects of the Finite Element Method,
computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, and how they are
integral to our everyday lives.
Dr Bharathi Srinivasan from the Engineering Mechanics
department spoke about the computational modeling and
simulations of mechanical systems, and explained about the Finite Element
Method (FEM). She demonstrated the concept of meshing and shared many practical
examples of how important engineering problems are solved through FEM.
Dr Adrian Mak from the Materials Science and Engineering
department gave the students a crash course on computational chemistry and
molecule design, before zooming in on chromophores, parts of the molecules
responsible for its colour. The students were also invited to examine how
chromophores perform in absorbing light, and were given a go at designing
molecules that best absorb light.
Mr Chew Lup Wai from the Fluid Dynamics department got
students straightening up in their seats when he made a beach ball float on
air, without the air blower projecting air directly beneath the ball. He then
went on to explain the Bernoulli Principle, and showed the students how
computational fluid dynamics can be used to simulate wind flow past aircrafts,
race cars, and even across Singapore.
Through Science seminar ended with a panel discussion, where the students
were given an opportunity to interact with our scientists, and ask questions
related to science and high performance computing.