Qatar Today - - DOHA DIARY -

An in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search team led by a TAMU math pro­fes­sor has ar­rived at a the­ory on what may have hap­pened to Malaysia Air­lines Flight 370 which dis­ap­peared over the In­dian Ocean last year.

Dr Goong Chen, an ap­plied math­e­ma­ti­cian who teaches and re­searches at Texas A&M at Qatar and the main cam­pus in Texas, USA, has pub­lished re­search that used com­puter sim­u­la­tions to de­ter­mine the fate of MH370. The lack of de­bris or spilled oil in the wa­ter near where the plane is pre­sumed to have crashed can only be ex­plained by a near-ver­ti­cal plunge into the ocean, Dr Chen states, adding that in such a sit­u­a­tion the wings would have bro­ken off al­most im­me­di­ately and, along with other heavy de­bris, would have sunk to the bot­tom of the ocean, leav­ing lit­tle or no trace to be spot­ted. Re­searchers from Texas A&M, Penn State, Vir­ginia Tech, MIT and the Qatar En­vi­ron­ment and Energy Re­search In­sti­tute have all been in­volved in sim­u­lat­ing and mod­el­ing what might have hap­pened to the plane and have used ap­plied math­e­mat­ics and com­pu­ta­tional fluid dy­nam­ics to con­duct nu­mer­i­cal sim­u­la­tions on the RAAD Su­per­com­puter at TAMU of a Boe­ing 777 plung­ing into the ocean. The team sim­u­lated five dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios be­fore ar­riv­ing at their con­clu­sion.

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