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amyl acetate inside a dog's nose

In the Mechanical Engineering Department and Applied Research Lab at Penn State we are studying how the dog's nose has evolved to efficiently deliver chemical signals to the olfactory (sensory) region of the nasal cavity. This video shows how amyl acetate is deposited in the nose during a sniff.

We recently completed large scale simulations of chemical transport through the dog's nasal airways, but visualizing the data has proven to be a challenge because of the complex geometry of the dog's nose. We found that using Ensight's python scripting capabilities allowed us to visualize terabyte-scale data sets and understand the significance of of our results.

Contributors: Michael Lawson, Brent Craven, Gary Settles, Eric Paterson