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VR Laboratory

Photo: Ernst

Since January 2020, the working group "Dynamics of Chemical Processes" of the Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering at the SWZ has been operating a VR laboratory. With the help of a Senior Fellowship of the Stiftverband für Deutsche Wissenschaft, won by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wehinger, students are now able to understand the mostly complex relationships between geometry and target variables such as turnover, heat transfer or pressure loss in the course "CFD in Process Engineering". In addition to the use in the course, the VR laboratory is also available for the research carried out by the working group. This uses simulations to improve the efficiency and sustainability of chemical processes and reactors. Special attention is paid to the interaction of local transport phenomena and local kinetics.

Technical specifications

The VR lab is equipped with two permanently installed workstations and a notebook which can be used as a mobile VR station for presentations at conferences/fairs or within the university. The generously equipped rooms offer the possibility of room-filling VR, whereby the geometric dimensions contribute to a better understanding of the geometry by a "real" walk through the scene. To ensure a smooth flow in the VR scene, the workstations are each equipped with a powerful CPU and a corresponding graphics card. Due to the installed main memory they are also suitable as simulation computers.

  • Workstation 1:
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz (8 cores)
    RAM: 32 GB
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    VR: HTC Vive + Controller+ Base stations for room-filling VR
    Resolution: 1080x1200 pixels per eye
    Status: Installed permanently
  • Workstation 2:
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz (8 cores)
    RAM: 32 GB
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
    VR: HTC Vive + Controller+ Base stations for room-filling VR
    Resolution: 1080x1200 pixels per eye
    Status: Installed permanently
  • Mobile workstation:
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-9750H CPU @ 2.60GHz (6 cores)
    RAM: 16 GB
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
    VR: HTC Vive + Controller+ Base stations for room-filling VR
    Resolution: 1080x1200 pixels per eye
    Status: mobile useable

Installed software

The commercial CFD software Simcenter STAR-CCM+ from Siemens PLM Software in the version 14.04.011-R8 is installed on the computers. Within this software the VR scene can be created and opened with Simcenter STAR-CCM+ version 14.04.011.

Press release of TU Clausthal from 2020-01-31 (in German only)

A virtual reality laboratory has been opened within the course Numerical Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Process Engineering. Students explained the status of their project work to Professor Gregor Wehinger (picture below) by means of posters. Photos: Ernst

Virtual Reality Lab opened with a poster party

Innovative teaching methods in process engineering are well received by Clausthal Master students.

Eine Veranstaltung, drei Aspekte: Eröffnung eines Virtual-Reality-Labors – Postersession – Party. Im Rahmen der Lehrveranstaltung numerische Strömungsmechanik (CFD) in der Verfahrenstechnik, die von Juniorprofessor Gregor Wehinger geleitet wird, ist ein Labor für Virtual Reality (VR) eröffnet worden. Gleichzeitig präsentierten 21 Masterstudierende, aufgeteilt in sieben Gruppen, den aktuellen Stand ihrer Projektarbeiten anhand von Postern auf Englisch und tauschten sich danach in Partyatmosphäre weiter aus. [...]

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