At the Ames Laboratory we are working with Iowa State University to create an interactive visual engineering environment to design new products, better power plants, or any other engineering products. In addition, Mark Bryden and Doug McCorkle, along with collaborators at NETL and Reaction Engineering International have developed open-source software to look at the physics behind power plant operation within this visual environment.
Their VE-PSI software is a winner of a 2009 R&D 100 award. The software enables process and energy industries engineers to design next-generation plants with high efficiencies and near-zero emissions by collaboratively analyzing process simulations with engineering data.
For additional information on Visual Engineering, please visit http://www.ameslab.gov/smds