Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a branch of fluid mechanics that allows, with the help of a computer, to simulate the movement of a fluid and its heat transfer through numerical calculation, thus allowing to predict the phenomena that will occur in it in a quantitative way, based on the conservation laws that govern the movement of fluids.
Therefore, it is a really interesting element in engineering, both at an educational and professional level.
The Aerospace Engineering Area of the University of León, together with the European Space Agency and Indra, are working together to face the challenge of space debris. To this end, a study is being carried out in order to know the movement of these residues and what will be the trajectory that they will follow, so that a safer space can be guaranteed for future space missions, avoiding any risk of collision.
Since the beginning of the space age in the 1950s, countless space missions have been carried out resulting in a large amount of debris, rocket fragments, spacecraft and instruments, that remain orbiting the Earth without any control.
The High Altitude Platform (HAPS) test is one of the most innovative and ambitious projects in which the Aerospace Technology Research Group of the University of León is found together with the company Ecosat Airships.
HAPS (High Altitude Platforms) or Pseudo-satellites are unmanned aircraft (RPAS), generally airships or light aircraft, capable of operating in the stratosphere for very long periods of time, autonomously and powered by solar energy.