‘Project of the Year’ is an annual contest held by Dassault Systèmes where students from around the world are invited to submit projects created with Dassault Systèmes products and software. Winners are chosen by votes users and an overall winner is chosen by a jury at Dassault Systèmes headquarters.
This interview with SIMULIA winners, Amélie and Clémentine, was conducted by SIMULIA Academic Programs Specialist, Yannick Margani. They used XFlow for their project, “Numerical Simulation of a lava flow from Mount Etna.”
*Update: These two students also just won the academic poster contest we held at the Modeling and Simulation conference in Paris!
Please briefly introduce yourself and your education background?
Hello my name is Amélie and I am 20 years old. After a scientific diploma at the French school of Shanghai and granting access to university studies, I went back to France and joined UniLaSalle in Geosciences and Environment.
Hello! I am Clementine and just like Amélie I joined the engineering School UniLaSalle Beauvais after a scientific diploma with a Well Mention.
Can you please describe the project you worked on and what motivated you to do it?
Our project consists of the numerical simulation of a lava flow from Mount Etna in Sicilia. It is an undergraduate thesis that is led on one academic year by a binomial of students. software to apply some modifications on it in order to make it compatible with XFlow, and finally we exported it in XFlow with all the parameters that corresponded with our trachybasaltic lava.
Have you faced technical challenges? Any limitations?
We have faced technical challenges according to the size of our numerical shape. As a matter of fact, our lava flow extends over 3.7 miles, which is too large for the software. So we decided to concentrate our simulation on the first kilometer of the flow. Then we could obtain results that can be representative of what the fluid flow should be in the software.
Moreover, XFlow is currently used for the simulation of low viscosity fluids (like water or air). That was a challenge to try to properly simulate a flow with a super high viscosity like our lava.
Check out the video from the GeoLab!