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Understanding the past, getting prepared for the future. (Going from in vivo to in vitro to in silico)

EuroIntervention 2021;17:787-789. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV17I10A136

1. Department of Cardiology, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland
When the test pilot of the Airbus A380 lifted off for the first time from the runway, the sole “in vitro” test in a wind tunnel that had been performed, was on a small miniaturised model (scale 1/39). Prior to that, the whole airplane had been designed and tested “in silico” with the use of computational fluid dynamics, which is a major tool for aerodynamic shape design (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Development and testing steps. A) Computational fluid dynamics testing of the Airbus A380. B) Wind tunnel testing of the miniaturised model. C) Real take-off. © ...

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