The "E" of EIF-services refers to its Engineering capabilities in the area of fluid mechanics. The main tool for this purpose is numerical modeling using Basilisk, a software suite which enables one to model industrial as well as environmental fluids.

However, engineering related activities in computational fluid dynamics needs auxiliary software when dealing with real problems (as opposed to schematic configurations). Thus EIF-services relies on the following free software:

  • GIS (Geographical Information System): Grass;
  • CAD (Computer-Aided Design): Blender.

N.B. EIF-Services is not a graphic studio and only uses Blender for its powerful 3D modeling capabilities.

The following diagram describes the interaction between the three tools:

modeling cycle

The diagram above contains four areas separated by the "problem/solution" and "reality/model" boundaries. One always starts with a real problem (top left), which first needs to be translated into mathematical terms (top right). As far as fluid mechanics are concerned, this task usually amounts to specifying the "initial" and "limit" conditions in a format compatible with the numerical tool (Basilisk), using the CAD/GIS software already mentioned (unless the Client provides suitable formats).

Once the modeled problem has been solved (using Basilisk), one will have to translate the mathematical solution back into real terms, which may involve again the CAD/GIS tools (depending on the questions asked). Eventually, an interaction with the problem stated at the onset is necessary in order to check that the proposed solution:

  • does answer the questions asked (compute the relevant quantities);
  • is compatible with what was already known before the study (bibliography);
  • is qualified using some sort of error bar:
    • study the sensitivity to numerical parameters;
    • calibrate/validate the model using real world data (when available).

The modeling process can not be automated from start to end, hence the EIF-services expertise adds value to the modeling cycle each time a reality/model or problem/solution boundary is crossed.

Finally, let us mention that the Basilisk configurations developed for the study will be delivered to the Client, who may then run the model on his own (at the end of the study), after optional phases of computer set up and operator training which may be included in the contract (thereby involving the other activities of EIF-services).