Cooling towers at nuclear sites or chemical plants can release water droplets tainted with toxins, which the wind carries away. In an area where other tall buildings surround those towers, the movement of air becomes more complex, and predicting where the wind could carry droplets is difficult.
So researchers at Colorado State University and ANSYS created this simulation to show all the different paths of airflow. The cooling towers are located in the center, near the heaviest concentration of color.
Image: Colorado State University/ANSYS Inc.