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Techniques for determining physical zones of influence

United States Patent

November 26, 2013
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Techniques for analyzing flow of a quantity in a given domain are provided. In one aspect, a method for modeling regions in a domain affected by a flow of a quantity is provided which includes the following steps. A physical representation of the domain is provided. A grid that contains a plurality of grid-points in the domain is created. Sources are identified in the domain. Given a vector field that defines a direction of flow of the quantity within the domain, a boundary value problem is defined for each of one or more of the sources identified in the domain. Each of the boundary value problems is solved numerically to obtain a solution for the boundary value problems at each of the grid-points. The boundary value problem solutions are post-processed to model the regions affected by the flow of the quantity on the physical representation of the domain.
Hamann; Hendrik F. (Yorktown Heights, NY), Lopez-Marrero; Vanessa (Yorktown Heights, NY)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
13/ 023,120
February 8, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract number DE-EE0002897 awarded by Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.